CURECSLA ELAC LACC LASC PCC
The following JPL staff members are current or past research mentors for CURE program: Dr. Bonnie Burratti, Dr. Frank Carsey, Dr. Stephen D. Gillam, Dr. Michael Hicks, Dr. Arthur Lane, Dr. Ellis Miner, Dr. Neil Murphy, Mr. Ray Newburn, Dr. William Owen, and Mr. Brad Wallis. CURE projects at the 0.6m and 1.2m telescopes at the JPL Table Mountain Observatory are supported by James Young and Deronda Meyes.
The CURE funding came through grants from NASA Code –E Minority University Research and Education Division (MURED) and from the NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduate (REU) program.
CURE is one of only 13 NSF astronomy REU sites in the nation, the only one in California, and the only one that targets the metropolitan urban area.
The CURE predecessor, Physics Outreach Program (POP), was recipient of the 1997 NASA Group Achievement Award.
Through CURE and POP over 80 undergraduate students to date participated
in the JPL led research projects. All but just a few of the students are
from backgrounds typically underrepresented in the scientific community.
The demographics, by percentage for the institutions participating in CURE
|% Female students||60||57||55||58||79|
CURE students had nearly two-dozen presentations at regional student research symposia and participated as co-authors at 6 presentations at the American Astronomical Society (AAS) national meetings. They are also regular contributors to the International Astronomical Union comet and asteroid observing services.
Astronomy, because it includes many aspects of science, mathematics, engineering and technology, was used successfully to accomplish these objectives. The resources of the JPL Table Mountain Observatory (TMO) were used to conduct the astronomical observations. In FY95, California State University, Los Angeles (CSLA) and Pasadena City College (PCC) joined JPL. This brought together JPL's Young and Dr. Stephen D. Gillam, CURE Associate Director and Astronomy Team Leader at the JPL Table Mountain Observatory, with Dr. Milan Mijic (CSLA, CURE Program Director 1997-2001) and John Sepikas (CURE Associate Program Director at PCC).
- create a pipeline for the recruitment, training, and retention of underrepresented minority and female students in the physical sciences and,
- use the pipeline established for the holders of bachelor degrees to increase the number of underrepresented minority and female students attending graduate school.
In FY96,with Code E's concurrence, the program was expanded to include Los Angeles City College (LACC), represented by Dean Arvidson, LACC Associate Program Director.
In FY97, again with Code E's concurrence, the program was further expanded to include East Los Angeles College (ELAC) and Los Angeles Southwest College (LASC) represented respectively, by Jose Ramirez (CURE ELAC Associate Program Director) and Walt Jordan (CURE LASC Associate Program Director).
In FY98, CSLA was awarded a Faculty Award for Research (FAR) titled CURE, with Professor William Taylor (CSLA) as PI, and Mijic as Program Director. CSLA partnered with LACC, LASC and ELAC in this award.
Subsequently, in 1999 the Consortium was funded as the NSF REU astronomy site, with Dr. David Gregorich (CSLA and JPL) as PI, and Gillam and Mijic as Co-PIs and Program Directors.
For more information visit CURE website or call Dr. Stephen D. Gillam, Program Director (2001-), at (760) 249 6610.