Faculty and Student Team (FAST) Initiative

We are so pleased to announce that the Sloan Foundation has funded a 3-year Faculty and Student Team (FAST) initiative, and our 2nd cohort will begin work in Summer 2016.

The FAST program deliberately targets faculty and their students at US institutions with strong track records of serving underrepresented minority students. Each year, a cohort of three FAST scholar teams will be matched with established SDSS partner/collaborator to tackle a research project together. This can be a new project or one that’s already defined.

The FAST program provides teams with specialized training, data rights, and financial support to help them begin working with SDSS data. Ultimately the goal is that FAST teams will build long-term research relationships with SDSS collaborators and be a lasting and productive part of the collaboration.

We’re accepting applications for FAST teams now. Please fill out the FAST application to apply. The deadline is rolling, but team selection will be complete by May 1, 2017.

Interested in hearing more about the program? Please contact Kelly Holley-Bockelmann, FAST Team Liaison.

The 2015-2016 FAST teams


Stellar population distributions and star formation histories of post-starburst (or "E+A") galaxies in the MaNGA survey.

FAST at DePaul

Wavelet Analysis of Large Scale Structure in eBOSS


Characterizing Kepler Eclipsing Binaries Observed with SDSS/APOGEE

FAST at CUNY, Hunter College

Using TDSS to Examine the Magnetic Variability on the Coolest Stars.

FAST at University of California, San Diego

Spectroscopic Analysis of Ultracool Dwarfs