AAS 207th Meeting, 8-12 January 2006
Session 179 Evolution of Galaxies, and Galaxies Surveys at Low Redshift
Poster, Thursday, 9:20am-4:00pm, January 12, 2006, Exhibit Hall

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[179.21] An Undergraduate Research Project within the ALFALFA Collaboration.

J.A. Ayala (UPR), A. Stilp (U. Wisconsin), N. Patel (Cornell), A. Altaf, J. Goldstein (Lafayette), C. Forsyth (Bryn Mawr), M. Gillin, B. Mahmood, J. Read, L. Vucic (Union College), B. Mullan, B. Walsh, S. Wortel (Colgate), S. Stierwalt, B.R. Kent (Cornell), J.L. Alonso (AO/NAIC), T.J. Balonek (Colgate), R. Giovanelli, M.P. Haynes (Cornell), G.L. Hoffman (Lafayette), R.A. Koopmann, J. Marr (Union College), A. O'Donoghue (St. Lawrence), C.A. Pantoja (UPR/AO), J.J. Salzer (Wesleyan)

The Arecibo Legacy Fast ALFA (ALFALFA) project is an ongoing high sensitivity HI line survey with the 305m Arecibo telescope that will cover 7000 square degrees of sky and is expected to detect some 20,000 HI sources (Giovanelli et al. 2005, AJ in press, astro-ph/0508301). ALFALFA will make major contributions to the understanding of the structure and evolution of galaxies in the local Universe.

In July 2005 an Undergraduate Research Workshop was held at Union College, Schenectady (see poster by Koopmann et al.). Participants included 14 undergraduate students, 2 graduate students, and 9 faculty members from 7 universities, in addition to the Director of the Arecibo Observatory Visitor Center. In preparation for the meeting, the students worked as a team in preparing and submitting an observing proposal to the Observatory, thus experiencing the rigorous process of matching science goals to instrumentation and other realities of the time allocation process. In addition to a mini-course on science and technical issues, students engaged in an observing session with the Arecibo telescope, which was carried out remotely and interactively from the lecture room at Union College. The region observed included a nearby loose group of galaxies, LGG 362, dominated by NGC 5363/5364. The group is an example of an intermediate galaxy density environment. As part of the workshop, the data were processed and the scientific analysis started. This poster presents the results of those observations and analysis.

This research was supported by the National Astronomy and Ionosphere Center, which is operated by Cornell University under a management agreement with the National Science Foundation, and partially by NSF/AST-0307661, NSF/AST-0435697 and a Brinson Foundation grant. JA and CAP gratefully acknowledge the Arecibo Observatory and the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation at the UPR for assistance for this research.

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