GROWTH Internship Students
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Gabi Mehta (Pomona College)

Gabi joined the GROWTH internship program after completing her third year at Pomona. She majors in Physics with Astrophysics Concentration and she plans to work on a minor in computer science as well. She wants to develop her career in the field of astrophysics research and instrumentation for astronomy.


The most interesting challenge in my first week was figuring out how to color combine images. I have never false colored images via photoshop before, and figuring out and performing the scientific process in astrophotography was exciting!
-- Week 1

Since I am not in India yet, I spent the 4th of July in Santa Monica and ended up watching the fireworks at the Rose Bowl. The fireworks were truly amazing!
-- Week 2

This week I worked with my mentor and another intern to find a Cepheid variable in a field. Even though we had a finding chart, it took us at least an hour WITH our mentor (and some hours alone) to find the object. We also managed to get a hold of a night in Chile for observing, which I am very excited about!
-- Week 3

This week I flew to India!! It is still unbelievable to me that I can spend a total of 19/20 hours in the air, starting on Tuesday and arriving only on Thursday. I’m looking forward to meeting all of the new people at IUCAA!
-- Week 4

Gabi traveled to IUCAA in Pune, India for the second half of her internship.

GROWTH is funded by the National Science Foundation under Grant No 1545949. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.