We're just over a week in to our fundraiser, and already three quarters of the way towards our goal. We'd like to extend our sincerest thanks to those who have already donated. Your generosity will fully fund three of our interns to present their results at the American Astronomical Society's winter meeting in Washington, DC, in January. Many of us on the Berkeley SETI team credit attendance at meetings like this, early in our careers, with inspiring and equipping us to pursue our goals of working as professional astronomers. We're sure that this experience will be just as formative for our current crop of interns.
For those reading this update who have not yet had chance to donate, there's still time to help out. We work intensively with about 6 or 7 students each summer, as well as a handful of students who are engaged in research in addition to their regular classes during the school year. Every additional donation will help us send more students to share their research. The three students attending the AAS meeting in January will be presenting work on identifying and fixing problems in our data, tracking interference from satellites that pass through our telescope's beam, and calibrating our Green Bank Telescope data using observations of known pulsars. We also have student interns who have done great work on looking for laser signals in Automated Planet Finder data, building visualization tools for the status of our instruments, running deep learning algorithms on our radio observations, quantifying signal detection efficiency, and many other topics. We'd love to give more of them the chance to attend meetings in future!
Thanks again to all of the existing donors. For those of you who have donated at levels that come with perks, we'll be in touch once the campaign ends with more information about how to claim these.
Wishing you all the best from the whole team here at Berkeley SETI Research Center!
Researcher and Education Programs Coordinator