Outreach

As I describe in Graur (2018a), education and public outreach are an integral part of my career as a scientist. I have been involved in many outreach programs, including the Science Research Mentoring Program (Graur 2018b).

The Science Research Mentoring Program

Between 2016-2020, I founded and directed the Harvard-MIT Science Research Mentoring Program (SRMP) at the Center for Astrophysics | Harvard & Smithsonian. The program is now directed by Dr. Clara Sousa-Silva. High-school students are paired with Harvard and MIT graduate students and postdocs who advise them in year-long, independent research projects. The program is described in detail in Graur (2018b). The program also runs a hands-on lecture series at the high school’s Aerosapce Engineering and Astronomy Club. The syllabi of the activities are available from this website.

During 2011-2016, I was a mentor in the Science Research Mentoring Program at the American Museum of Natural History. Each year, I mentored 3-4 high-school students by giving them a research project that was part of my wider work. My students have searched for supernovae in Hubble Space Telescope images, digitized catalogs of variable stars in the Magellanic Clouds, and studied the evolving periodicity of Cepheids.

Some of my students have been featured in Shelf Life, a web-series about the collections of the museum. Two of my students presented their work in the 225th meeting of the American Astronomical Society in Seattle, WA in 2015.

American Museum of Natural History Science Bulletins

During 2014-2016, I was the science advisor for the astronomy Science Bulletins produced by the American Museum of Natural History, in which we report on current research in astrophysics.