University of Virginia, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

First Annual Astronomy Undergraduate Research Symposium

May 9, 2016

On April 22, 2016, seven Department of Astronomy undergraduates participated in the department's first Annual Astronomy Undergraduate Research Symposium. Their names and poster titles are listed below. These students presented their research to the rest of the department in a fashion similar to larger astronomy conferences, such as an AAS meeting. From professors to fellow undergraduates, the event was very well attended and provided an excellent opportunity for the students to share and discuss their projects, while celebrating their accomplishments. We were also joined by a high school student from Central Virginia Governor's School, Ryan Henderson, whose presentation is also listed below. As part of the symposium, the most exceptional poster was awarded a prize and this year's winner is 4th-year Avery Bailey. Congratulations to Avery and the rest of the presenters!

Bridget Anderson
"An XMM-Newton X-Ray Observation of the Galaxy Cluster Abell 3653: The Origin of High Velocity BCGs"

Avery Bailey
"The Merger Dynamics of Abell 2061"

Alex Bixel
"Measuring the Dark Matter Content of Galaxies with SALT"

Shawn ‘Tom’ Booth:
"Investigating the Spatial Structure of HCN Emission in Comet C/2012 F6 (Lemmon)"

Arvind Gupta:
"Measurement of Distances to RR Lyrae Stars in the Sagittarius Dwarf Core"

Duy Nguyen
"False Positive Detection within the APOGEE Catalog of Extrasolar Companion Candidates"

Christopher Wiens
"The Importance of Compact Group Environments Over Cosmic Time"

Ryan Henderson
"Measuring the mass of the black hole in galaxy NGC 5765b using H2O maser spectra"