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Eight students were successful in their applications for 2017-18. Read about their projects below.

hannanHan Nan Chen

I am running simulations to see if the Murchison Widefield array can be used to detect cosmic rays via the radio wave bursts they release when they interact with the Earth’s atmosphere. Cosmic rays are very high energy particles, and studying them will allow us to better understand particle physics.

jaime-2Jaime de Gois

When two neutron stars merge or massive stars undergo core-collapse supernova, an intense burst of gamma rays is emitted along powerful jets. My project with Dr Paul Hancock and Dr Gemma Anderson asks (and hopefully answers) the question “will the MWA see prompt radio emission using following these Gamma Ray Bursts?”

maddy-1Madeleine McKenzie

I’ll be using computer simulations to figure out why a globular cluster named Terzan 5 has two different ages. Thank you to my supervisor Dr Kenji Bekki for his help and guidance thus far.

coreyCorey Plowman

I’m working with the ASKAP telescope and the CRAFT research team to search for highly energetic Fast Radio Bursts at cosmological distances. To achieve this I utilise the Galaxy supercomputer and the power of statistics to characterise the distribution of vast quantities of data.

thea-1Thea Pullbrook

I’m working with Sascha Schediwy on a synchronisation system for the SKA. I’ve always loved astrophysics but, as a lowly engineering student, there aren’t many opportunities like this where I can get involved with exploring the universe – and I even get to learn some practical engineering while I’m at it!

jessJessica Thorne

I am working with Dr Nick Seymour and Dr Guillaume Drouart investigating star-forming galaxies using current Murchison Widefield Array data. I am investigating the radio continuum of these galaxies to determine if there is a correlation between the energy output at certain frequencies and the orientation of the galaxies.

ellaXi Wang

I’m hoping to contribute to finding the source of antimatter production in the Milky Way. To do this, we need better observations, which are available in radio frequencies. I will be stacking ASKAP and MWA data to see if detection of positronium recombination lines is possible with the current generation of telescopes.

isaacIsaac Ward

I applied for the ICRAR summer studentship in the hope of developing interesting software. Since then I’ve been attempting to find faint galaxies in large data using deep learning sped-up by Intel’s Movidius devices under the supervision of Dr Slava Kitaeff. I’d like to learn about professional research and programming over the summer.