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  • San Diego State University Department of Astronomy
    Astronomy Department in the California State University system and is the only campus to offer Bachelor s and Master s degrees in Astronomy The Department is actively engaged in research and is highly committed to student education Students actively participate in research under the direction of the Department s eight faculty The Department provides excellent research and instructional facilities with its Mount Laguna Observatory and CCD Laboratory Mount Laguna Observatory Mount Laguna Observatory MLO is located forty five miles east of San Diego at an altitude of 6100 ft 1859 meters on the remote eastern edge of the Cleveland National Forest MLO is well protected from the urban lighting of the San Diego metropolitan area This remoteness along with the high percentage of clear nights and excellent seeing makes Mount Laguna one of the best overall observatory sites in the continental United States MLO has grown to include four well equipped telescopes ranging in size from 21 to 50 inches 0 5 to 1 25 meters which are used for research by the faculty and students High speed Internet connectivity is provided by the High Performance Research and Education Network HPWREN The new 50 inch Phillips Claud Telescope PCT which

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  • SDSU Astronomy Department Faculty and Staff
    synthesis of close binary stars accretion disk physics stellar photometry and spectroscopy variable stars Robert Quimby PhD 2006 University of Texas Austin Assoc Professor MLO Director Research Area Observational Cosmology Astronomical Transients Research Interests Supernovae Eric L Sandquist PhD 1996 UC Santa Cruz Professor Research Area Stellar astronomy theoretical astrophysics Research Interests Star clusters stellar evolution stellar collisions WWWeb pages for Dr Sandquist s classes Allen W Shafter PhD 1983 UCLA Professor Department Chairman Research Area Interacting Binary Stars Research Interests Cataclysmic variables extragalactic novae William F Welsh PhD 1993 The Ohio State University Professor Research Area Interacting binary stars extrasolar planets time series analysis Research Interests Accretion Powered Systems AGN CVs and X Ray Binaries transiting exoplanets WWWeb pages for Dr Welsh s classes Emeritus Faculty Ronald J Angione PhD 1970 University of Texas Professor Emeritus MLO Director Emeritus Research Area Photometry Binary Systems Atmospheric Physics Research Interests Galaxies QSO s C T Daub PhD 1962 University of Wisconsin Professor Emeritus Research Area Physical processes in gaseous nebulae Research Interests Planetary nebulae Paul B Etzel PhD 1986 UCLA Professor Emeritus MLO Director Emeritus Research Area Close binary stars photometry and spectroscopy Research Interests Interacting Binaries stellar properties Burt Nelson

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  • Departmental Colloquia and Talks
    The Restless Universe Palomar Transient Factory Friday April 17 2015 3 00 PM in Room PA 215 Colloquium Dr Josh Simon Carnegie Institution of Washington Title TBA Friday February 20 2015 3 00 PM in Room PA 215 Colloquium Dr Saeqa Vrtilek Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics A Hertsprung Russell Diagram for X ray Binaries Friday February 13 2015 3 00 PM in Room PA 215 Colloquium Dr Caitlin Casey University of California Irvine Getting the Census Right The History of Cosmic Star Formation and Importance of Galaxy Mergers or not Friday February 6 2015 3 00 PM in Room PA 215 Colloquium Prof Daniel Fabrycky University of Chicago Architecture and Timing of Planetary Systems Wednesday January 14 2015 2 00 PM in Room PA 215 Colloquium Dr Veselin Kostov U Toronto Circumbinary Planets Discovery and Characterization Thursday December 4 2014 11 00 AM in Room PA 256 Master s Thesis Talk Chris Gabler SDSU The Initial Final Mass Relation for White Dwarfs using Old Open Clusters Monday November 17 2014 3 30 PM in Room PA 256 Master s Thesis Talk Chris Curtin SDSU Exploring the Role of Globular Cluster Specific Frequency on the Luminosity Specific Nova Rate in

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  • SDSU Astronomy Department Online Presentations
    SDSU Astronomy Department Online Presentations SDSU Astronomy Department Online Presentations Departmental Colloquia Master s Thesis Defense Presentations Senior Thesis Defense Presentations Back to SDSU Astronomy Department Mount Laguna Observatory home

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  • John Schopp Lecture Series
    with great care He mentored new faculty members on the art and craft of teaching John had many interests and passions An early advocate of the civil rights movement he was once arrested for participating in a CORE sponsored sit in at Columbia Missouri Following his strong convictions against the Vietnam War he became a local organizer for the Peace and Freedom Party of California As a young man John was a skilled catcher and hoped to become a professional baseball player That did not work out so he became an astronomer instead He still liked playing baseball and listening to the games though He was a voracious reader of literature history and adventure stories The exploits of the early Antarctic explorers fascinated him especially the expeditions of Sir Ernest Shackleton John also appreciated classical music He developed a deep understanding of and abiding love for the piano sonatas and string quartets of Beethoven In his later years he took up the Japanese board game of Go Above all John liked being around people and seldom passed up an opportunity to enjoy the company of others He relished the exchange of ideas and opinions John s refuge was his peaceful garden which he and his wife Fay nurtured with skill and devotion He frequently invited the entire astronomy department along with others from the SDSU community to the garden for light refreshment and good conversation on Friday afternoons John Schopp died on November 9 1988 from a heart attack he suffered while playing Go with friends in his beloved garden Those who knew him miss his wit and warmth Previous Lectures 1990 November 1 Dr David Devorkin National Air Space Museum Smithsonian Institution Science With a Vengeance 1991 November 15 Dr Owen Gingerich Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics Conflicts between Galileo and the Church 1994 February 5 Dr Sallie L Balliunas Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics The Solar Stellar Connection 1995 March 31 Dr Geoffrey Burbidge Center for Astrophysics and Space Science University of California San Diego In the Beginning or Was There One 1996 May 3 Dr Geoffrey W Marcy Department of Astronomy University of California Berkeley Extra Solar System Planets 1997 April 26 Dr Ben M Zuckerman Department of Astronomy University of California Los Angeles Extraterrestrial Intelligence Martian Microorganisms Project Phoenix and the Keck Telescope 1998 February 28 Dr Michael Shara Space Telescope Science Institute Cosmic Vision What is the Hubble Space Telescope Telling Us About the Universe 1999 May 15 Dr Virginia L Trimble University of California Irvine Cosmology Man s Place in the Universe 2000 April 8 Dr Alexei Filippenko University of California Berkeley Einstein s Biggest Blunder The Case for Cosmic Antigravity 2001 April 20 Major General Charles F Bolden Jr United States Marine Corps A Marine Aviator s Dream Come True The Hubble Space Telescope Journey to Orbit 2002 April 19 Dr Joseph F Dolan NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Gravitational Lenses and the Hubble Constant 2003 March 14 Dr Donald W Kurtz University

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  • Project ASTRO San Diego
    The San Diego site began operations in 2001 NEWS 2014 May 20 JOIN OUR PROJECT Thanks to a grant from the SDSU Presidential Leadership Fund we are hosting our Project ASTRO annual training workshop on Saturday November 1 2014 new date at the Reuben H Fleet Science Center 9 30am 3 00pm More information and application materials Frequently Asked Questions FAQ about Project ASTRO by astronomers and teachers Feel free to send in your own question to the Project ASTRO coordinator Support Project ASTRO San Diego We rely entirely on local fundraising to provide training volunteer astronomers and teaching materials directly benefitting our schools and our children in San Diego County Corporate and individual donations are very welcome Project ASTRO is a 501c 3 tax exempt organization adminstered by the SDSU Campanile Foundation If you wish to make a tax deductible contribution to support any aspect of our work please contact us for more information Checks can be made out to the SDSU Campanile Foundation Project ASTRO Large donations will be acknowledged on this website and at our training workshops for teachers and astronomers held throughout the year Contact us Links for Project ASTRO partners Resources for Project ASTRO San

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  • Department Scholarships & Awards
    submitted to the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships in SSW 3605 Applicants must attach a copy of their unofficial transcript available through the Office of the Registrar Finalists may be interviewed The office of Marketing and Communications may use information provided in the application for publicity purposes Astronomy Department Scholarships and Awards will be announced in a departmental ceremony and newsletter NOTE Students who are financial aid recipients may have their aid packages adjusted upon the receipt of a departmental award Students who have not applied for financial aid will be required to file a Citizenship Immigration form available on the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships Web site Follow the links below for details on the application requirements for the individual scholarships and awards and for the names of previous recipients This year s application deadline is 14 October 2011 with awards announced in November Astronomy Majors are encouraged to keep current with the Department Office their e mail addresses local mailing addresses phone numbers for special announcements related to scholarships and awards and other activities The Scholarships William F Lucas San Diego Astronomy Association Scholarship up to 6 000 per student Open to Astronomy Undergraduate Majors with at least 60 units must have completed both Math 252 and Physics 197 Ruth and Clifford Smith Graduate Fellowship up to 2 000 Open to Astronomy Graduate Students who have completed at least one semester of graduate courses in astronomy at SDSU Mount Laguna Observatory Associates Scholarship 500 Open to Astronomy Undergraduate Majors with a minimum of 24 units cannot have completed both Physics 197 and Math 252 The Service Awards Awona Harrington Award for Service up to 1000 Open to Astronomy Graduate Students and Upper Division Undergraduate Majors who have completed at least one semester of courses in Astronomy

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  • Graduate Astronomy at San Diego State University
    Master s Thesis Steps for creating a thesis PDF document Dissertation Thesis Review Process Graduate Program Forms Graduate student FAQs CAREER INFORMATION A very informative Careers in Astronomy brochure from the AAS Education Office PDF document American Astronomical Society Career Services including Job Register Planning your education from the AAS List of Colleges that Offer Astronomy Degrees from the AAS American Institute of Physics Career Services Center 61 FAQs About

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