National Young Astronomer Award

The Astronomical League sponsors the National Young Astronomer Award (NYAA) to recognize the outstanding astronomical research achievements of high-school-age students throughout the United States.  Please spread the word about this. 

The Application and Award:

To apply, eligible young astronomers should submit the application package by the deadline, January 31.  The package will consist of a completed application form, a well-documented astronomy project of the applicant’s own work, a summary of astronomy-related activities, and optional exhibits.  It is recommended that applicants be members of the Astronomical League, either through an astronomy club or a youth member-at-large membership.  A team of professional astronomers will judge the entries.

2014 Winners:

 

 

 

1. Pranav Sivakumar; Barrington, IL; "Morphological Identification of Wide-Separation Gravitationally Lensed Quasars." 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. Katie Shen; Sterling, VA; "Census of HII Regions in SDSS."

 

 

 

 

 

An application and instruction sheet for 2015 may be downloaded here.  Please follow the instructions completely.  It is recommended that the application package be submitted electronically to NYAA@astroleague.org.

The Award Telescope:

The first-place winner will receive a fine telescope made possible by the generosity of Explore Scientific, which also contributes significantly to the administration of the NYAA program. The first-place and second-place winners receive an expense-paid trip to the Astronomical League national convention (AlCon) to receive their awards.

Other Recognition:

Special plaques are presented to the first, second and third place winners at the league’s national convention each summer. Announcements regarding the top finishers will also be submitted to the major national astronomy magazines, the League’s quarterly magazine, the Reflector and to the top finishers’ local news media.

Past NYAA Top Finishers with Title of Project

1993

Blake Warren Thomas; Edgewood, New Mexico; “Spectrographic Analysis of Cepheid Pulsation”

1994

Stephanie C. Cinereski; Gainesville, Florida; “Solar Flare and Sunspot Research”

1995

Heather E. Castellano; St. Hedwig, Texas; “Elements of Impact Crater Formation”

1996

Mani S. Mahjouri; Columbia, Maryland; “Simulation of Charged Particle Motion in Jupiter’s Magnetosphere”

1997

Heather Cameron; Greenwich, Nova Scotia; “Solar Observation Station”

1998

Mary Dombrowski; Glastonbury, Connecticut; “Cataclysmic Stellar Variability with Eclipsing Binary Superimposition”

1999

Elizabeth Fernandez; Albuquerque, New Mexico; “Active Galaxies in the Perseus Supercluster”

2000

Patrick L. Kelly; Washington, DC; “The Color-Magnitude Relation in Hickson Compact Group 62”

2001

Susannah C. Lazar; Baton  Rouge, Louisiana; “Performed Photometry of Many Asteroids”

2002

Albert King Lin; Fresh Meadows, New York; “A Survey of the public Chandra Data Archive (CDA) in Search of Serendipitous X-ray Pulsars:  A Systematic Approach”

2003

Maxwell Cassady Moe; Fort Collins, Colorado; “Demographic  and Atmospheric Effects on the Quality of the Night Sky”

2004

John Davis; Penfield, New York; “Built a Research Grade Observatory From Scratch”

2005

Christopher Limbach; Milwaukee, Wisconsin; “Light Curve Analysis of Eclipsing Binary Star EP Aurigae”

2006

  1.  Mary Masterman; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; “Investigating Stars and Nebulae Through the Construction of an Astronomical Spectrograph.” 
  2. Daniel Handlin; Lincroft, New Jersey; “An Empirical Determination of the Effect of Atmospheric Drag on Orbital Decay”
  3. Benjamin Jones; Helotes, Texas; “Achieving Equal Light Distribution:  Creating Effective Outdoor Lighting Modifications: A Second Year Project” 

2007

 Naomi Pequette; Littleton, Colorado; “The Orion Nebula:  A Good Contender for Housing an “Earth-like” Planet”

2008

 John Hodge II; Columbia, South Carolina; “Light Curve Analysis of Cataclysmic Variable Star Systems:  Cam Var 06, FS Aur, HT Cas, IP Peg, and EQ Aqr” 

 Honorable Mention:  Lara Knorek;  Kalamazoo, Michigan

                                Neil Pearson; Evergreen, Colorado

2009

  1.  Harry Gaebler; Bloomington, Indiana; “A Study of the Correlation Between Spiral Galaxy Distance and Morphology Using both Redshift and Extended Object Photometry”
  2. Jordan Bramble; Virginia Beach, Virginia’ “Asteroid Research Using the Fan Mountain Observatory Rapid Response Robotic Telescope”  
  3.  Gayathri Cheran; Burke, Virginia; “A Study of the Abundance of Wolf Rayet Stars”

2010

  1.  Andrew Hitchner; Norristown, Pennsylvania; “A Study in Stellar Spectroscopy”
  2. Tongji "Youyou" Li; Hershey, Pennsylvania; “Will Humans Become Extinct Like the Dinosaurs Did?”
  3. Erika Tinley; Tucson, Arizona;  “The Geometry of Active Galactic Nuclei as Evidenced by Their Emission Line Spectra”

2011

1. Ben Clark; Lancaster, PA; "The Close Binary Fraction: A Bayesian Analysis of SDSS M Dwarf Spectra."

2. Travis Le; Honolulu, HI; "A Comparison Similar Planetary Systems of WASP-2."

2012

1. Justin Tieman; Blue Springs, MO; "Alien Worlds; Space Rocks."

2. Travis Le; Honolulu, HI; "Determining 'Hot Spots' through Correlations of CMEs and Solar Flares."

2013

1. Mark Morretto; Briarcliff Manor, NY; "Deep Impact Spectral Observations of Naturally Occurring Mini-Outbursts."

2. Henry Lin, Shreveport, LA; "Cool Bias in Sunyaer - Zel'dovich Galaxy Cluster Surveys."

2014

1. Pranav Sivakumar; Barrington, IL; "Morphological Identification of Wide-Separation Gravitationally Lensed Quasars." 

2. Katie Shen; Sterling, VA; "Census of HII Regions in SDSS." Add her photo which is attached.