Meet the 2020 XGAL interns! This years internships are a little different, based online but still with three interns, all working on the same project, Time travelling through the Universe to discover and study primeval galaxies.
Louis Marinho Fernandes – Time travelling through the Universe to discover and study primeval galaxies
I have just finished my second year studying Physics at University College London (UCL). Last summer, I was extremely lucky to take part in an outreach internship with the Observational Astrophysics group at Lancaster University, under the supervision of Dr Julie Wardlow: over six weeks, I created content for the new portable planetarium received by the university, including educational videos, scripts and tutorials. I am delighted to begin another internship this year, under the supervision of Dr David Sobral. I hope this experience will allow me to apply to a research project what I have learned about Physics and the programming language Python so far, and to learn lots of new skills along the way. It will be an amazing opportunity to get an insight into how scientific investigation is performed at a professional level, and I am very excited about it! I am delighted to work with Emily and Amaia, and I hope we will be an effective team!
Amaia Imaz Blanco – Time travelling through the Universe to discover and study primeval galaxies
Hello to all you wonderful readers! My name is Amaia, and I’m a second year Physics, Astrophysics and Cosmology MPhys student at Lancaster University. I’m a strange blend of having grown up in the Netherlands but being culturally Spanish. I’m excited to get started on this project as I feel like it’s something I’ve never done before and can continue building on skills I’ve learnt at uni this year as well as during my internship at XGAL last summer. Working with the XGAL astrophysics group again is a great honor to work with such a talented and motivated group of people, and hopefully I can contribute to some of that greatness by working on the “Time travelling through the Universe to discover and study primeval galaxies: Slicing the COSMOS and GOODS fields” project together with Emily and Louis. I am also excited to get to know these two extremely intelligent students during the course of the internship, even though that must be done online 😦 .
Emily Wickens – Time travelling through the Universe to discover and study primeval galaxies
I’ve just finished my first year Physics, Astrophysics, and Cosmology student at Lancaster University. I haven’t studied any astrophysics modules yet, so I’m really looking forward to learning with the Lancaster astrophysics group. I’m really excited to work on this project because I would love to learn more about galaxies, especially how they were in ancient times. I think it’s so cool that we can look so far back in time and study primeval galaxies from relatively soon after the big bang and see how these galaxies have evolved over time. I feel really lucky to be able to work on this project with these brilliant people. I am glad that this internship was able to run online during lockdown, and I hope that we will make some cool discoveries!
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