The Center for Gravitational Wave Astronomy and Department of Physics, Computer Science and Mathematics at The University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College (UTB/TSC) is inviting applications for its Summer Science Academy for High School Students to be held June 15 - July 2, 2009. This academy aims at introducing high school students to modern scientific research in Astronomy, Computer Science, or Mathematics. Students will be given an overview of one of these three areas according to their choice and then work on a related ongoing research project in that area.
Students will be trained in modern gravitational wave, IR, UV, radio astronomy, and data analysis techniques. The student will work on a research project related to the search for pulsars using the Arecibo Remote Command Center (ARCC) located on the UTB/TSC campus.
Students will learn interesting topics in Artificial Intelligence (AI) like knowledge representation, reasoning, logic programming, and natural language understanding. Students will be taught basics of programming by interacting with an AI programming language system.
Students will learn about ‘Fractals and Chaos’. Students will have an opportunity to see how mathematics is working on constructing fractal figures and chaotic phenomena. Several types of computer software will be provided.
Eligibility: Applicants must have just completed their freshman, sophomore or junior year in high school with a good academic track record. Students should be from local area schools (i.e., Cameron County) as we cannot offer residential facilities for this program.