MESA Summer School

August 12 - 16, 2013, UC Santa Barbara


The 2013 MESA Summer School is aimed at graduate students and postdoctoral researchers who are interested in using, developing, and sharing their research experiences with MESA. Interested faculty should contact one of the School Directors. Enrollment will be limited to 44 participants. Registration closes February 1, 2013, and we will notify Participants no later then March 1, 2013.

The 2013 MESA Summer School will feature MESA oriented material on the pre-main sequence evolution of low mass stars, asteroseismology of main sequence B stars and cool stars, helium core burning in low mass stars, nucleosynthesis of massive stars, and accretion and burning. See the Agenda for details.

As the most commonly observed objects, stars remain at the forefront of astrophysical research. Advances in optical detector technology, computer processing power, and data storage capability have enabled new sky surveys (e.g., the Sloan Digital Sky Survey;); triggered many new optical transient surveys, such as the Palomar Transient Factory and Pan-STARRS; and allowed for space missions (e.g., Kepler) that continuously monitor more than 100,000 stars. The stellar discoveries from these surveys include revelations about rare stars, unusual explosive out-comes, and remarkably complex binaries. The immediate future holds tremendous promise, as both the space-based survey Gaia  and the ground based Large Synoptic Survey Telescope come to fruition.

MESA has attracted over 500 registered users, witnessed over 5,000 downloads and provided a portal ( for the community to openly share knowledge (e.g., the specific settings for a published MESA star run), codes, and publications. The first paper describing MESA can be downloaded from this link and the second paper describing new capabilities of MESA can be downloaded from this link.