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Rising Star Internship Program

 

Rising Star Intern

 

Does the night sky fascinate you? Would you like to be able to gaze at planets, star clusters, and galaxies through a telescope? Would you like to be able to show these wonders to other astronomy lovers?

The Dudley Observatory is looking for student interns. We will teach you to find your way around the night sky, and to use a telescope to observe interesting celestial objects at public star parties.

Each intern who fulfills the program requirements will be awarded a telescope to keep, upon graduation, so that they will have the equipment, as well as the knowledge and experience to enjoy astronomy as a life-long quest.

Application for Rising Star Internships (Student, Teacher)

 

 

Program description: The Rising Star Internship Program is open to all teachers, and to students in the 6th - 10th grades. Applications for this award are due on March 1st. You can see a list of the winners for this and previous years below.

 

The new interns will attend an introductory meeting at which the responsibilities of the internship will be detailed. At that meeting each intern will provided with a telescope, which the intern will retain for the duration of the internship. The intern will be instructed on use and maintenance of the telescope, and will be responsible for its proper care. The interns will then attend star parties with the Albany Area Amateur Astronomers during the summer months. During this time they will learn to locate interesting objects in the sky, to use and care for the telescope, and to introduce others to the pleasures of star gazing. Each intern will be required to keep a log book detailing his or her progress at these activities throughout the duration of the program. Once the training at the first summer's star parties is completed, the interns will conduct star parties for schools and other community groups. Each intern will be required to participate in a minimum of two Dudley sponsored astronomy events by the end of May. Each intern will also be required to demonstrate proficiency with the material in an evaluation to be conducted during the March through May interval. Upon successful completion of the entire program, including meeting the requirements just outlined, the intern will be given the telescope to keep.

 

Interns should plan to participate in the Rising Star Internship Program at least two evenings a month. This is a weather dependent activity, and schedules will be flexible. Since the star watch programs are held at night, a commitment is also required of the intern's parents to assure the safe transportation of the intern to and from these meetings, and otherwise support the intern's participation in the Rising Star Internship.

 

Rising Star Internships are made possible by generous grants from:

NASA/NYThe Bender Scientific Fund of the Community Foundation
for the Capital District

Ronald McDonald House Charities

Curriculum development was supported by a grant from
the NASA/NY Space Grant

 

 

Year

Intern's name

School

2013
Alison Fiorini Duanesburg Middle School
2013
Rebecca LaBell Troy High School
2013
Samuel W. Levin Schuylerville Middle School
2013
Luke Maxwell Homeschool
2013
Grace Morton Tamarac Middle School
2013
Priscilla Rapp Ichabod Crane Middle School
2013
Paul Levin Galway High School (Teacher)
2013
Laura Tedesco Troy High School (Teacher)
2013
Denise M. Warren Teacher
2012
Nabihah Azhari Troy High School
2012
Aaron Collins  Berne-Knox-Westerlo
2012
Meghna Dash Acadia Middle School
2012
Jackson Eddy Parker School
2012
Alexandra Feller Bishop Gibbons - Notre Dame
2012
Michael Kern Acadia Middle School
2012
Jeremiah Kutey Duanesburg Central School District
2012
Jonathan Mannato Niskayuna High School
2012
Meghan Ricciardi Lisha Kill Middle School
2012
Annielaura Shafer Berne-Knox-Westerlo School
2012
Millard Sperbeck Lisha Kill Middle School
2012
James Brown Shaker Road Elementary School(Teacher)
2012
Bonnie Einstein North Colonie School(Teacher)
2012
Paul Scott Niskayuna High School(Teacher)
2011
Trever Baldwin Coxsackie-Athens High School
2011
Isza Ceesay Troy High School
2011
Matthew Craw Sand Creek Middle School
2011
Mallory Epstein Bethlehem Central Middle School
2011
Alissa Fisher Lisha Kill Middle School
2011
James Gaglio Farnsworth Middle School
2011
Sara Gannon Voorheesville Middle School
2011
Jimmy Lenden Bethlehem Central Middle School
2011
Karen Morawski Schalmont Middle School
2011
Savannah Pearo Schalmont High School
2011
Zachary Pearson Cotswald Academy (homeschool)
2011
Ryan Rest Shenendehowa High School
2011
Samantha Scibelli Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake High School
2011
Leon Wilson LaSalle Institute
2011
Jean Cardany Coxsackie Elementary (Teacher)
2011
Nancy Krawiecki Nathaniel Hawthrone MS 74 (Teacher)
2011
Stacey Sebert Sand Creek Middle School (Teacher)
2010
Joshua Bauer Brittonkill Central School District
2010
Melissa Barber Catholic Central High School
2010
Jalena Noakes Catholic Central High School
2010
Isaac Rezey Hoosic Valley Middle School
2010
Jacklyn Rinaldi Lisha Kill Middle School
2010
Sheamus Kavanaugh Lisha Kill Middle School
2010
Jacob Pickett Lisha Kill Middle School
2010
Daniel Maloney Catholic Central High School (Teacher)
2010
Victoria Kardas Coxsackie-Athens High School (Teacher)
2010
Ellen Plock Loudonville Christian School (Teacher)
2010
Stephen Colon RCS Middle School (Teacher)
2010
Jennifer Fisk RCS Middle School (Teacher)
2010
Savannah Pearo Schalmont High School
2009
Elizabeth Volks Notre Dame Bishop Gibbons
2009
Kevin Tessolecki Homeschool
2009
Benjamin Palmer Homeschool
2009
Christopher Lawrence Tamarac Middle School
2009
Hannah Smalley Homeschool
2009
Jason Tessolecki Homeschool
2009
Shirley Buel Neil Hellman School (Teacher)
2009
Stephanie Copeland Lisha Kill Middle School (Teacher)
2009
Sarah Fisk Children's Museum of Science & Technology
2009
Charlotte Naples Saratoga Springs High School (Teacher)
2009
Anita Stabrowski Broadalbin-Perth Middle School (Teacher)
2008
Michael Druker Albany Academy
2008
Caitlin McKinley Duanesburg High School
2008
Carol Ann Kelly Farnsworth Middle School (Teacher)
2008
Laura Gavlik Gowana Middle School - Shenendahowa (Teacher)
2008
Cheryl Bisson Hoosick Falls Central School
2008
Julie Smicinski Knox Junior High School
2008
Sable Barnhart Schalmont High School
2008
Jon Poteralski Schalmont High School
2008
Angela Vincent Schalmont High School
2008
Sheila Smith Tamarac High School
2008
Ezra Greenstein Troy High School
2007
Nicholas Bordeau Ballston Spa High School
2007
Alicia Ann LaCross Hartford Central School District
2007
Sooha Lim Albany Academy for Girls
2007
John Lind Maple Hill Middle School
2007
Dan Mancuso Scotia-Glenville High School
2007
Brady Pelkey Hudson Falls Middle School
2007
Steve Schroder Homeschool
2007
Aileen Shaughnessy Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons
2007
Matt Arnold Troy High School
2006
Jonathan Bruce St. Johnsville Middle School
2006
Dan Bacchi Notre-Dame-Bishop Gibbons High School
2006
Andrea Fortman Schalmont High School
2006
Rick Darling Schalmont High School
2006
George Schoenfeld Scotia-Glenville Middle School
2006
Wilberte Mathurin Schalmont High School
2006
Eric Turner Northville Central School
2005
Lizzie Dawson Clayton A. Bouton High School -Voorheesville
2005
Kaysha Haile Schalmont High School
2005
Amanda Eckert Bethlehem High School
2005
Alexis Piel Lisha Kill Middle School
2005
Greg Razzano Shaker High School
2005
Sara Eckert Bethlehem High School
2005
Keith Tygert Schalmont High School
2005
Claire Normile Troy High School
2004
Hanna Birkhead Bethlehem Central High School
2004
Lynnette Cole Guilderland High School
2004
Blair Coppola Schalmont High School
2004
Devin Fortman Schalmont High School
2004
Daniel Jakaitis Guilderland High School
2004
Colin Littlefield LaSalle Institute
2004
Ruth Mahon Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake High School
2004
Josh Marsfelder Granville Central Junior/Senior High School
2004
Kaitlyn Oudt Schalmont High School
2004
Christina Preddice Schalmont High School
2003 Christing Bendorf Emma Willard School
2003 Katherine Campos Schenectady High School
2003 Brian Engel Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake High School
2003 Jeremy Goard Tamarac High School
2003 Darren Grau Niskayuna High School
2003 Steven Kozakiewicz Niskayuna High School
2003 John Qi Shaker High School
2002 Jasmine Bisignano Tamarac High School
2002 Feinberg Caroline Albany Academy for Girls
2002 Katy Hartman Guilderland High School