This summer, ICG played host to two local A-level students who were able to spend 4-6 weeks working at ICG thanks to winning [http://www.nuffieldfoundation.org/science-bursaries-schools-and-colleges Nuffield Foundation Science Burseries].
2012 Nuffield Students Ed and Owain (middle) with their scientific mentors Karen and Diego.
ICG scientist, Dr. Diego Capozzi hosted Owain Larcombe from Barton Peveril College, in Eastleigh, while Dr. Karen Masters hosted Edward Harding, from Portsmouth Grammar School.
Owain's work here included downloading data from databases (SDSS), learning programming languages (IDL) to apply state of the art model to estimate the stellar mass of galaxies from their multi-band photometry. He applied these techniques to measure the total stellar masses of some nearby groups of galaxies, and analysed how total group stellar mass and M/L ratio vary with projected radial distance from centre of these groups.
Owain hard at work in ICG
Ed worked on a project which involved learning to find archival Hubble Space Telescope images of the centres of galaxies which Galaxy Zoo users had identified large scale bars. Ed found that around 40 such images existed. He looked at each of these images to search for signatures of much smaller nuclear bars. He found no evidence for a link between the presence of a large scale and nuclear bar in the sample of galaxies he looked at. During his time at ICG Ed also joined Dr. Masters on a collaboration visit to Oxford where he, and Oxford based Nuffield Students discussed their summer projects linked to Galaxy Zoo.
Ed studies a barred galaxy with both SDSS and Hubble Space Telecope Images
We wish both Owain and Ed all the best with their future plans. Local A-level students interested in summer (or work experience) placements at ICG should as a starting point contact Gianmassimo Tasinato (Gianmassimo.Tasinato 'at' port.ac.uk)