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Rachael C Amaro

  • B.S. in Engineering Physics, 2018, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Areas of Interest: la Supernovae, Variable Stars, time domain astronomy

Chris Bilinski

  • B.S., 2010, California Institute Of Technology
Areas of Interest: Protoplanetary Disks, Variable Stars

Chris is researching presupernova outbursts using KAIT and measuring disk sizes using CHARA interferometry.

Alex Bixel

  • B.A., 2016, University of Virginia
Areas of Interest: Exoplanets, Planetary Atmospheres

Alex is working with Daniel Apai to study the atmospheres of transiting exoplanets using transmission spectroscopy. He is also interested in how life could be detected through its effects on the chemical composition of atmospheres.

Haley Bowden

  • B.S. in Physics, 2020, University of California, Santa Barbara
Areas of Interest: Galaxy formation and evolution theory. The Galaxy and Dark Matter Halo Connection

Ryan Boyden

  • B.S. in Physics and Astronomy, 2017, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Areas of Interest: Planet Formation, Star Formation, Exoplanets

Gabriele Bozzola

  • M.S. in Physics, 2017, University of Milan
https://sbozzolo.github.io/ Areas of Interest: Numerical Relativity, Compact Objects, Gravitational Physics

Gabriele is working with Vasileos Paschalidis to study in full general relativity the fragmentations of supermassive stars that result in binary black holes surrounded by accretion disks.

Jane Bright

  • B.S. in Physics and B.A. in Mathematics, 2018, Denison University
Areas of Interest: Gravitational Physics, black holes, Compact Objects, and cosmology

Vivian Carvajal

  • B.S. in Physics, 2020, University of Maryland, College Park
Areas of Interest: Extragalactic Astronomy, AGNs, black holes, and Galaxy Clusters

Katie Chamberlain

  • B.S. in Physics and Mathematics, 2018, Montana State University
https://katiechambe.github.io/ Areas of Interest: Dwarf galaxy interactions and dynamics, Galaxy Formation and Evolution Theory

Katie uses cosmological simulations to study the frequency and dynamics of dwarf galaxy pairs and groups throughout cosmic time with Gurtina Besla

Zuyi Chen

  • B.S. in Astronomy, 2019, University of Science & Technology of China
Areas of Interest: Galaxy Formation and Evolution, Extragalactic Astronomy

Jeremy Dietrich

  • B.A. in Astrophysics and Physics, 2017, Harvard
Areas of Interest: Extrasolar planets, Planet Formation

Ryan Endsley

  • B.A., 2015, Washington University-St. Louis
https://www.ryan-endsley.com/ Areas of Interest: Extragalactic Astronomy, Cosmology, and Galaxy Formation & Evolution

Hayden Foote

  • B.A. in Astronomy & Astrophysics, 2020, University of Colorado - Boulder
Areas of Interest: Galaxy Dynamics, formation, and Evolution

My degree is a BA in Astronomy & Astrophysics from the University of Colorado Boulder, received in 2020. My areas of interest are galaxy dynamics, formation, and evolution.

Nico Garavito Camargo

  • M.S., 2015, Universidad de Los Andes
http://jngaravitoc.github.io/Garavito-Camargo/ Areas of Interest: Galaxy Formation and Evolution Theory

Michael Hammer

  • B.A., 2015, Cornell University
https://lavinia.as.arizona.edu/~mhammer/ Areas of Interest: Planet Formation and Evolution

Michael is working with Kaitlin Kratter, Min-Kai Lin, and Paola Pinilla on hydrodynamic simulations of protoplanetary discs. His main focus areas are vortices and comparing these simulations to observations.

Yun-Hsin Huang

  • M.S., 2015, University of Chicago
Areas of Interest: Extragalactic Astronomy, Galaxy Formation, and Evolution

Yun-Hsin is working with Profs. Xiaohui Fan and Eiichi Egami on the Steward/UKIRT Near-IR Imaging of the Hyper Supreme-Cam (HSC) Deep Fields.

Raphael Erik Hviding

  • B.A., 2018, Dartmouth College
http://lavinia.as.arizona.edu/~rehviding Areas of Interest: Galaxy Formation and Evolution, Active Galactic Nuclei

Raphael works with the James Webb Space Telescope NIRCAM team under Professors Kevin Hainline and Marcia Rieke. He studies galaxy formation and evolution and has a special place in his heart for obscured AGN and AGN demographics. He can be found in Steward 253, but don't tell his advisors that.

Soley Hyman

  • B.A. in Astrophysics & Physics, 2019, Harvard University
Areas of Interest: Extragalactic and galactic astronomy, Instrumentation, black holes

Xiangyu Jin

  • B.S. in Physics, 2018, Nanjing University
  • M.S. in Physics, 2020, McGill University
Areas of Interest: AGN, Galaxy Formation and Evolution

Jennifer Kadowaki

  • B.A., 2014, University of California-Los Angeles
Areas of Interest: Extragalactic Astronomy, Galaxy Formation, & Evolution

Jennifer is working with Prof. Dennis Zaritsky on low-surface brightness galaxies. In particular, her research focuses on understanding the environment's role in the formation and evolution of ultra-diffuse galaxies.

Ryan Keenan

  • B.S in Astronomy & Astrophysics, Physics, & Mathematical Sci, 2017, University of Michigan
https://rpkeenan.github.io/ Areas of Interest: Extragalactic Astronomy, Galaxy Formation and Evolution, Radio Astronomy

Aafaque Khan

  • B. Tech. Mechanical Engineering, 2013, National Institute of Technology, Bhopal, India

Aafaque works with Dr. Erika Hamden on developing UV detectors and instrumentation for balloon and space-based telescopes. He is interested in studying the Circumgalactic medium (CGM) and its role in galaxy evolution.

Harrison Krantz

  • B.S. Engineering Physics & B.S. Computer Science, 2017, Colorado School of Mines
http://lavinia.as.arizona.edu/~hkrantz Areas of Interest: Instrumentation

Sophie Lebowitz

  • B.A. in Astronomy & Astrophysics, 2020, Ohio State University
Areas of Interest: Extragalactic Astronomy, Galaxy Evolution, Active Galactic Nuclei

Katrina Litke

  • B.S., 2015, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
https://kclitke.com/ Areas of Interest: Extragalactic Radio Astronomy

Katrina is working with Prof. Dan Marrone to study gravitationally lensed dusty star-forming galaxies using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA).

Joseph Long

  • B.A. Physics, 2014, Pomona College

Joseph is working on adaptive optics instrumentation and analysis of coronagraphic data.

Erin Maier

  • B.S. in Physics and Astronomy, 2017, University of Iowa
Areas of Interest: astronomical instrumentation, Astronomy Education, Star Formation

Matthew Murphy

  • B.S. in Physics & Astronomy, 2020, Stony Brook University
Areas of Interest: Exoplanets, Exoplanet Atmospheres

Logan Pearce

  • B.S., 2019, University of Texas at Austin
  • M.A., 2014, University of Texas at Austin
  • B.S., 2003, Purdue University
Areas of Interest: Star and Planet Formation, high contrast imaging, astrometry

Jeniveve Pearson

  • B.S. in Astronomy & Astrophysics, 2020, Ohio State University
Areas of Interest: core collapse supernovae, Massive Stars, and stellar evolution

I graduated with a B.S. in Astronomy and Physics from The Ohio State University in 2020, and my areas of interest are core collapse supernovae, massive stars, and stellar evolution.

Ragadeepika Pucha

  • Integrated M.Sc in Physics, 2015, Visva-Bharati University
http://lavinia.as.arizona.edu/~rpucha Areas of Interest: Dwarf Galaxies, satellite galaxies, Stellar halos, observational astronomy

Raga is working with Prof. Beth Willman on the study of resolved populations in dwarf galaxies. She is interested in learning about how the dwarf galaxies grow and evolve.

Yujing Qin

  • M.A., 2016, Chinese Academy of Sciences

Mel Rose

  • B.A. in Astrophysics and Engineering Sciences, 2017, Harvard University
Areas of Interest: Instrumentation, Cosmology, Testing GR

Pranjal RS

  • B.Tech. in Engineering Physics, 2019, Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay
Areas of Interest: Extragalactic Astronomy, Galaxy Formation and Evolution

Noah Salazar Rivera

  • B.S. Physics & B.S. Computer Science, 2017, California State University, San Bernardino

Samantha Scibelli

  • B.S. in Physics and Astronomy, 2017, Stony Brook University
https://samscibelli.github.io/ Areas of Interest: Star Formation, Astrochemistry, Radio Astronomy

Spencer Scott

  • B.A. in Astrophysics and Physics, 2019, Harvard University
http://spencerscott917.github.io/ Areas of Interest: galaxy formation and galaxy evolution

Andrew Sevrinsky

  • B.S. in Physics, 2017, Georgia State University
Areas of Interest: Low mass stars, stellar multiplicity, Exoplanets

Fengwu Sun

  • B.S., 2018, Peking University
Areas of Interest: Extragalactic Astronomy, Galaxy formation & evolution

Jasmin Washington

  • B.S. in Astronomy & Physics, 2020, University of Virginia
Areas of Interest: Radio Astronomy, Instrumentation

Lily Whitler

  • B.S. in Physics & Mathematics, 2020, Arizona State University
http://astro.lilywhitler.com/ Areas of Interest: Extragalactic Astronomy, Galaxy formation & evolution, cosmic reionization

Charity Woodrum

  • B.S. in Physics , 2018, University of Oregon
http://cwoodrum.github.io/ Areas of Interest: Extragalactic Astronomy, Galaxy Formation and Evolution

Jiachuan Xu

  • B.S. in Physics, 2018, Tsinghua University
Areas of Interest: Galaxy formation & evolution, Cosmology

Minghao Yue

  • B.A., 2016, Peking University
https://yuemh.github.io/ Areas of Interest: Extragalactic Astronomy, Quasar Host Galaxies

Minghao is working with Prof. Xiaohui Fan on the environment of quasars and their host galaxies.

Haowen Zhang

  • B.S., 2018, Peking University
Areas of Interest: Galaxy Formation and Evolution, AGN, Cosmology
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