Since 1998, the Undergraduate Research Institute in Astrophysics (URIA) program at SC State University has been providing an opportunity for undergraduate students from throughout the nation to participate in hands-on astrophysics research.
This year seven students were selected from a total of 20 applicants (from 7 Minority Institutions located in 5 states). The seven students selected for this year's session attended schools located in North and South Carolina. One student is a Physics major at ECSU, two students attend NC A&T where both are Physics majors and SCSU accounts for four students who are majoring in Biology, Math Education, Industrial Engineering Technology and in Electrical Engineering Technology. One SCSU student participated in the URIA Program in 2004.
During the first week and into the second, the four faculty mentors gave the seven students an intensive introduction to astrophysics including lectures, demonstrations, and lab activities in E&M radiation, radio astronomy, stellar and galactic astronomy, extragalactic astronomy and cosmology. Students then split off into teams.
Not all the time was spent working. Recreational activities included a picnic and several visits to the Charleston area (photos).