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.

Computer Science
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.

Schedule: Sessions for the Summer Science Academy will be held Monday through Friday from 10:00 am through 3:30 pm.

Sponsorship: No tuition of fees will be charged for participation in the program. Lunch will be provided for the students. Each student is expected to provide his/her own transportation to and from the program site.

Contact: Ms. Adrienne Zermeno, Academy Co-Director
Phone: 956-882-6684
Email: Adrienne.Zermeno@utb.edu


Application Checklist: (A complete application includes) 

  • Application Form (Completed online or sent by email)
    • Personal Statement (Not more than 200 words)
  • Student Agreement Form (Completed at orientation)
  • Release and Indemnification Agreement (Completed at orientation)

Summer Science Academy UTB,
Apr 8, 2009, 11:46 AM