Across the Universe: Astronomy in the Solar System and Beyond
What is the ambitious goal of this project?
The astronomy program within the Physics Department at Boise State is committed to conducting research to answer some of the most important questions in science.
The exact outcomes will depend on which project students are involved with, but across all projects, students will demonstrate the following:
- Basic astronomical career navigation and research skills
- An understanding of the psychological challenges of doing scientific research
- Literacy in scholarly articles
- Understanding measurement uncertainties
- Basic coding capabilities
Methodologies and/or Technologies used to achieve project goals
- Arduino & Rasberry Pi Computing
- Coding and coding software
- K-12 outreach and collaboration
- Qualitative research methods
- Quantitative research methods
400 students need to have taken 200 level courses or have the equivalent in research experience.
Majors or Interests Needed
- Computer Science
- Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering
VIP Coach Information
Prof. Brian Jackson is a planetary astronomer and conducts research on extrasolar planets, as well as planetary analog field work.
VIP 200, VIP 400 or VIP 500
Full semester course. Choose to enroll in 1 or 2 credits.
Team meetings: Thursdays, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Interested in joining this team?
For more information and to request a permission number to register, contact Prof. Brian Jackson at BJackson@boisestate.edu.
You can also complete this interest form and someone will contact you. Check out this page for tips on contacting a professor.
To register search by Subject: Vertically Integrated Projects, read the project description to find the right section of VIP 200, 400, or 500. Use permission number, here are instructions Add with a permission number