Faculty and Student Team (FAST) Initiative

Since 2015, the Sloan Foundation has funded a Faculty And Student Team (FAST) initiative. In June 2018, the Foundation renewed this grant for a second three-year cycle to allow us to continue this program.

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.

The applications for summer 2021 FAST teams will open on this website in September 2020, with an expected deadline of 31 January 2021. If you have any questions about the application process, please contact Jesus Pando, the FAST Science Liaison.

The FAST teams

FAST at South Carolina State University

Cross-correlation of variable stars in recent photometric surveys with available SDSS spectra to create a value added catalog.

FAST at California Polytechnic State University

Evolution and formation of brightest cluster galaxies (BCGs) focusing on chemical and dynamical properties of stars within BCGs

FAST at University of Texas Rio Grande

Fast localization of electromagnetic counterparts to gravitational wave events using SDSS archival images as references

FAST at DePaul University

Wavelet Analysis of Large Scale Structure in eBOSS

FAST at CUNY (2018)

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

FAST at New Mexico State University (2018)

Characterizing Kepler Eclipsing Binaries Observed with SDSS/APOGEE

FAST at CUNY, Hunter College (2018)

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

FAST at University of California, San Diego (2018)

Spectroscopic Analysis of Ultracool Dwarfs