About the Institute


Welcome to the ZTF Summer Undergraduate Astronomy Institute, a 5-day workshop from June 25 to June 30, 2018.  The Institute is in its fourth year of operation and is intended to supplement student summer research experience at Caltech, Pomona College and a few affiliated institutions by exposure to a wide range of people, facilities, tools and current research projects at ZTF and beyond.  The Zwicky Transient Facility is a time-domain survey at Palomar Observatory ideal for detecting asteroids, active galactic nuclei, supernovae and other rare transient events. The Institute this year will include the following events:

  • lectures and lab tours at Caltech, Pomona College and Carnegie Observatories
  • Python coding workshops to gain and develop skills applicable to a wide range of scientific analysis
  • observing time at Mt Wilson and Palomar
  • a planetarium show
  • social events to get to know peers from all over the country and world
  • a banquet at Caltech’s Athenaeum with guest speaker Amy Mainzer—JPL.

The program is free to attend for invited participants thanks to ZTF funding.  Transportation and lodging will be provided as needed.  Lunch will be provided each day, as well as dinner at the Antenaeum on Wednesday, June 27th.  Observing trips to Mt Wilson and Palomar will take place on June 25 and June 30, respectively.

The 2018 institute welcomes students from all over the planet: Southern California, New England, India, Taiwan and Singapore.  The institute this year is organized by Bryan Penprase-Dean of Faculty, Undergraduate Program at Soka University of America, Nadia Blagorodnova-Postdoctoral Researcher at Caltech and Elijah Quetin, Visiting Faculty at Pomona College.