Abstract: The REU class of 2014 will give their final public presentations. In a series of 5 minute talks, the students will discuss the projects they have conducted with their SETI mentors this summer.
The National Science Foundation (NSF) under the Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program funds our SETI Institute summer interns. Undergraduate students from all over the country apply to work with SETI Institute scientists, at the SETI Institute and/or NASA Ames, for a 10-week summer internship. Topics for the student research projects fall under the category of ‘astrobiology.’ The students’ research projects cover the fields of physics, astrophysics, planetary science, and computer science. Depending on the nature of their research projects, students carry out computer simulations and modeling, design and carry out laboratory experiments, and do field work, just to name a few things. For these ‘lightning talks,’ the students were asked to prepare a 3 slide, 3 minute presentation to describe their research project. For more information about the REU program at the SETI Institute, see http://www.seti.org/seti-educators/reu.