This past summer I had the opportunity to intern at ASTRON, the Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy, as part of the ASTRON/JIVE International Summer School.
I spent eleven weeks working with members of the pulsar team to determine the feasibility of a very low frequency (~30MHz) all-sky survey with the ultimate goal of searching for pulsars and fast transients. I worked to design a pilot project, now called LoMASS, for LOFAR Meridian All-Sky Survey, which uses LOFAR, a low frequency array with a core station located in Exloo, Netherlands. Observations for the project are made along the meridian, where a maximum in sensitivity can be achieved. Presently, the project is intest observation phase and we hope it will produce exciting new results.
Summer research opportunies are offered by a variety of institutions and organizations. Students are encouraged to check these websites, explore others online, and to contact organizations directly.