Harvard-MIT Science Research Mentoring Program (SRMP)

Throughout my time at the CfA, I worked with the Harvard-MIT Science Research Mentoring Program (SRMP). The SRMP is a program in which 12 high school students from the public Cambridge Ridge and Latin School conduct research projects with scientists at the CfA and MIT.

Last year, I created a program in which I taught the students about lenses, mirrors, and telescopes, and guided them through the construction of galileoscopes. My work culminated in an observing night with the SRMP students, using the Clay Telescope and galileoscopes.

Subsequent to this work, I became the Head of Observing for SRMP. I taught classes in astronomical imaging, instrumentation, and databases at the start of the program, co-mentor the cohort, and will again run an observing night with all the students and take several students to do an observing run of a TESS planet candidate using the Clay Telescope. Through my work with these students, I have become a better scientist as I learn through teaching and am reminded of the passion and deep interest that first brought me to astronomy.

For more information on the SRMP, see:


SRMP Students, October 2019. 

Designed by SRMP 2019-2020 student: Greggy Bazille

Harvard Observing Project (HOP)


As a part of the Harvard Observing Project (HOP), I lead weekly observing sessions with the 16” Clay Telescope. HOP provides opportunities for undergraduate students at Harvard to participate in observational astronomy, with guidance from experienced observers.


  • Spring 2019: We worked on a series of different projects, including spectroscopy and lucky imaging. Using these different observing techniques allowed us to demonstrate how astronomers take advantage of different instruments in order to study a range of topics and take best advantage of observational limitations.

  • Fall 2019: We are running follow-up observations of TESS planet candidates. We observe targets from the SG1: Seeing-Limited Photometry target list. We analyze the data on the spot with MaxIm DL and then later for a more complete analysis with AstroImageJ. We teach the students about transit data, background eclipsing binaries, and other sources of false positives.

For more information on the HOP, see: http://astrolab.fas.harvard.edu/hop.html

Daniel Alexander Yahalomi

November 2019