- “Exploring star-formation in the hosts of radio quiet quasars” by Ana Bitter, Hannah Blue, Kylan Sakata and Ramsey Hayashi from Waiakea HS using Megacam at CFHT.
- “Validating or Redefining Mischaracterized Unconfirmed Exoplanets” by Ashley Cobbs and Nevyn Tyau from Kapolei HS using Wircam at CFHT.
- “Quasars and What They are Made Of” by Jamie Valdez and David Zerba from Kapolei HS using Espadons at CFHT.
- “Eclipsing X-Ray Binary System” by Amber Nakata, Nanakuli. Amber will use Espadons at CFHT to observe the binary at three points over the next 6-9 months.
- “Rogue Planets” by Jasmine Atcherson, Nanakuli. Jasmine received spectra from GNIRS at Gemini to observe an object that some astronomers classify as a brown dwarf, others as a rogue planet.
- “Spectroscopy of Hydrogen Rich Exoplanet Atmsopheres” by Chantelle Lopez, Kapolei. Chantelle is also using GNIRS at Gemini. She will observe an expoplanet and compare its spectra with a previous observation looking for changes or weather.
- “The Source of the Earth’s Water” by Emily Little, Kapolei. Emily used Espadons at CFHT to observe Comet 45P in February to look for the make-up of the comet, particularly the D/H ratio. Emily plans to use her project to obtain a STEM diploma from Kapolei HS.
- “Comparing Elements in Different Supernova Remnants” by Ashlyn Takamiya and Justin Fernando, Kapolei. Ashlyn and Justin will use FOCAS at Subaru to compare the spectra of a Type Ia and Type II supernova remnants.
- “Globular Clusters” by Jordaynelexi Drasal, Kalani. Jordaynelexi used Megacam on CFHT to observe M92. She wants to use a color magnitude diagram to determine the age of the cluster.
- “The Creation of the Moon” by David Higashi, Kalani David used Espadons at CFHT to observe the surface of the moon. David selected both maria and highlands to compare the composition of the two regions. His program advanced to the Hawaii State Science Fair.
- “Star Forming Regions and how they retain their shapes” by Spencer Young, Kalani. Spencer used POL2 at the East Asian Observatory to measure the magnetic field of the Orion Nebula in an attempt to determine the origin of the nebula’s shape. A professional astronomer studying the same region used Spencer’s data and Spencer will be acknowledged in all her publications on the subject. Spencer also has access to her data.
- “Orion Nebula” by Mason Mihkel and Marc Agpawa at Waiakea. Mason and Marc plan a multi wavelength survey of the Orion Nebula using Megacam at CFHT. Their narrowband filter selection will give the highest resolution images of Orion in Halpha
- “Nebulas” by Thomas Pakani and Rylan Salvador, Waiakea. Thomas and Rylan will observe the nebula SH2 261. It will be one of the potential 2018 CFHT calendar images.
- “Exploring the Asteroid Belt” by Cicily Pa and Georgia Carter, Waiakea. Cicily and Georgia will us the Las Cumbres Observatory Global Telescope Network to observe an asteroid in an attempt to calculate its rotation rate.
- “Dark Nebulae and Their Connection to Star Formation” by Hokunani Sanchez and Keilani Steele, Honokaa. Hoku and Keilani will use Megacam and Wircam at CFHT to study the Great Rift Nebula in the center of the Milky Way. They hope to determine if there is a difference between the difference patches in the nebula.
- “Possible Life in Other Places in Our Solar System” by Annika Wiley, Marie-Claire Ely and Kaitlin Villafuerte, Honokaa. Annika, Marie-Claire and Kaitlin plan to use NASA’s IRTF to study the infrared spectra of Titan over the course of a few months.