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.

We are now accepting applications for summer 2021 FAST teams now. Please fill out the FAST application to apply. The deadline is rolling, but applications are due by March 1, 2021. Team selection will be complete by April 1, 2021. If you have any questions, please contact Jesus Pando, the FAST Science Liaison.

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Applications are now being accepted for the summer 2021 SDSS FAST program. To apply, the team's faculty lead should fill out our FAST application by March 1st, 2021.

The FAST teams

LaGuardia Community College

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Using SDSS-IV data to study the structure and formation of the Milky Way using M-Giants and RR Lyrae Stars

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