National Student Solar Spectrograph Competition overview

Randal M. Larimer, Angela DesJardins, Joseph A. Shaw, Charles C. Kankelborg, Christopher Palmer, Larry Springer, Joey Key, W. Berk Knighton, Kevin S. Repasky, Nathan J. Pust, Mitchell K. Hobish, Edmond W. Wilson, Carrie Fitzgerald, Ryan Fitzgerald, Thomas Trickel, Clyde Jensen, Skye Dorsett, Matt Anderson, Jim Boger, Nate McCradyJaylene Naylor, Laurie Battle

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The yearly National Student Solar Spectrograph Competition (NSSSC) is Montana Space Grant Consortium's Education and Public Outreach (EP/O) Program for NASA's Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph (IRIS) mission. The NSSSC is designed to give schools with less aerospace activity such as Minority Serving Institutions and Community Colleges an opportunity for hands on real world research experience. The NSSSC provides students from across the country the opportunity to work as part of an undergraduate interdisciplinary team to design, build and test a ground based solar spectrograph. Over the course of nine months, teams come up with their own science goals and then build an instrument to collect data in support of their goals. Teams then travel to Bozeman, MT to demonstrate their instruments and present their results in a competitive science fair environment. This paper and poster will discuss the 2011-2012 competition along with results as well as provide information on the 2012 -2013 competition opportunities.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationOptics Education and Outreach II
ISBN (Print)9780819491985
StatePublished - 2012
EventOptics Education and Outreach II - San Diego, CA, United States
Duration: Aug 12 2012Aug 13 2012

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
ISSN (Print)0277-786X


ConferenceOptics Education and Outreach II
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Diego, CA


  • EP/O
  • IRIS
  • Spectrograph
  • Student Competition


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