Faculty and Student Team (FAST) Initiative

The FAST teams

FAST at CUNY

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

FAST at NMSU

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

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 application process for the next round of FAST teams will start in late Fall 2018, and more information will be available closer to that date. If you have any questions, please contact Jesus Pando, the FAST Science Liaison.

News

CUNY, Staten Island FAST Student Olivia Weaver and NMSU FAST Student Joni Clark Cunningham were accepted into the Fisk-Vanderbilt Masters-to-PhD Bridge Program in Astronomy for Fall 2017!


We presented this poster about the FAST Program at the 2017 American Astronomical Society Meeting (click on the poster for a larger version).
We presented this poster about the FAST Program at the 2017 American Astronomical Society Meeting (click on the poster for a larger version).