Each Undergraduate Research Associate in Astrobiology conducts intensive state-of-the-art research with an individual scientist-mentor. Please join us as the fruits of these efforts are presented by the Class of 2012 to NASA’s Astrobiology Institute in a distributed seminar presented over the internet.
Brett Morris (University of Maryland) – Secondary Eclipse and Transiting Timing of Extra-Solar Plant HAT-P-7b
Mentor: Avi Mandell
Srishti Kashyap (Mount Holyoke College) – Can Complex Organics Exist on Mars? – A search using Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) – like experiments.
Mentor: Caroline Freissnet
Cecilia Sanders (Harvard University) – Searching for Biomarker Gases on Mars Using Infrared Spectroscopy and Adaptive Optics
Mentor: Geronimo Villanueva
Maria Stenborg (University of Maryland) – Investigating the Molecular Composition of Comet C/2009 R1 McNaught via High Resolution Infrared Spectroscopy
Mentor: Mike DiSanti
Lillian Haynes (Harvey Mudd College) – A Window into the Past: Characterizing the Molecular Composition of Comet C/2009 R1 (McNaught) Through Submillimeter Observations
Mentor: Stefanie Milam