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  • In contrast to optical astronomy which is difficult during most of the academic year in western Oregon, radio telescopes can see through clouds in the microwave portion of the electromagnetic spectrum, especially near 1 GHz. There are many strong sources of radio frequency (RF) signals within our solar system and beyond, making radio astronomy the ideal choice for astronomy at OSU.
  • The scope of this project is to build a small radio telescope for use in the 1 to 5 GHz range which can be used to observe galactic hydrogen clouds, nebulae, pulsars and our sun. This will provide opportunities for undergraduate research and outreach activities in the support of space science in general.

Research and Design Project Opportunities

  • Numerous undergraduate research engineering senior project opportunities exist in radio astronomy, optical astronomy and solar dynamics. At the graduate level, Masters Degree level research projects are available.
  • For the radio telescope, radio astronomy and optical astronomy, see the Opportunities for Students page.
  • Undergraduate research, engineering senior project and graduate level research opportunities are also available in the PicoSatellite Program, which operates the high altitude balloon project, the satellite communication base station and the effort to build a pico-satellite based on CubeSat technology and operate it low earth orbit.



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