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Black Hole PIRE

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Academic Level:
Undergraduates - Junior
Undergraduates - Senior

Opportunities for junior and senior undergraduate students to participate in various aspects of this Black Hole PIRE project are available each fall/spring semester. Both paid and unpaid research assistantships will be available.

Students will have the opportunity to work alongside senior Black Hole PIRE project members, be mentored by Black Hole PIRE graduate students, and be involved in regular research group meetings, webinars, and hackathons. The objective is to provide exceptional hands-on research experiences within an international collaborative project to a diverse group of students.

The international Black Hole PIRE program aims to develop the technological and algorithmic infrastructure that can usher astronomical projects, such as the Event Horizon Telescope, into the era of big and distributed data science.

This is especially true for the Event Horizon Telescope, which is an Earth-sized array of telescopes that shared the first-ever image of a supermassive black hole. In coordination with the EHT, the Black Hole PIRE will support development of the needed technological and computational infrastructure to test Einstein’s theory of General Relativity in extreme conditions.

The Black Hole PIRE project targets four primary areas that will support the scientific realization of large-scale astronomical observations:

Digital Signal Processing.

Mounting Coordinated Observations Around the Globe.

Fast Data Transfer.

Science Utilization with Cloud-Based High Performance Computing.

In addition to the research goals, student education is an equally important focus of the Black Hole PIRE project. Students are directly involved in all levels and areas of research and are encouraged to participate in specific educational and professional development opportunities. Across both the research and education goals, there is a primary aim to share achievements, knowledge, and tools with the broader public.
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Participating Institution(s):
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University of Arizona (Lead)

Program Materials:
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This Program can be Described by:
Academic Disciplines:
Astronomy & Astrophysics

Data Science
High Performance Computing
Space Exploration

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This program is funded by:
National Science Foundation (NSF)

Page last updated 2/25/2024
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