Journal of Undergraduate Research


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Physical and Mathematical Sciences


Physics and Astronomy


This Mentoring Environment Grant (MEG) proposed using the Brigham Young University West Mountain Observatory as a mentoring environment where students would experience what it is like to do research at a fully operational observatory by doing a wide variety of observations at regularly scheduled times over the course of several months during the spring and summer terms. The primary project in 2017 involved making nightly monitoring observations of the active Seyfert 1 galaxy Mrk 509 in support of a worldwide campaign involving more than a dozen ground–based and space–based observatories. In 2018, the primary monitoring campaign for extragalactic objects was centered on a group of blazars that included Mrk 421, Mrk 501, and BL Lac. In addition, during both years, observations were made that supported research on continuing projects such as the LAMP16 campaign with standardization of the different AGN fields, observations of open clusters using the H-alpha and H-beta photometric systems, evaluation of transiting exoplanet candidates from the KELT survey, observing rotation curves for various distant solar system objects, and observing various pulsating variable stars.

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