Summer Undergraduate Research Program Alumni

Summer 2007

Timothy Arnold

Advisor: Paul Martini
Project: Morphology of AGN Hosts in Clusters
Paper: Arnold et al. 2009, ApJ, 707, 1691
Whereabouts: iOS Developer, Friends of the Web, Baltimore, MD
Other: NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, MS University of Arizona

Megan Comins

Advisor: Brad Peterson
Project: Systematic Errors in Black Hole Mass Measurements using Reverberation Mapping
Whereabouts: Graduate student in Astronomy at Cornell

Garrett Elliott

Advisor: Scott Gaudi
Project: Detection of Kuiper Belt Objects via Stellar Occultation
Whereabouts: Graduate student at the University of Hawai'i

Nathaniel Ross

Advisor: Chris Kochanek
Project: Microlensing in SDSSJ1004+4112
Paper: Ross et al. 2009, ApJ, 702, 472
Whereabouts: Graduate school at UCLA

Cayman Unterborn

Advisor: Barbara Ryden
Project: Inclination-Based Extinction Effects on Spiral Galaxies in the Sloan Digital Sky Survey
Paper: Unterborn & Ryden, 2008, ApJ, 687, 976
After Graduation: Teach for America
Whereabouts: Graduate student in the School of Earth Sciences, The Ohio State University

Christopher Williams

Advisor: Jim Beatty
Project: The RF Performance of the ANITA Experiment
After Graduation: PhD in Physics at the University of Chicago
Whereabouts: Postdoc at Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics & Cosmology


Summer 2008

Jesse Buxton

Advisor: Barbara Ryden
Project: The Alignment of Binary Spiral Galaxies
Paper: Buxton & Ryden 2012 ApJ, 756, 135
Whereabouts: Graduate student in Physics at The Ohio State University

Julie Djordjevic

Advisor: Donald Terndrup
Project: Stellar Rotation in Open Clusters
Whereabouts: Graduate student at University of Hertfordshire, UK

Edward Golowacz

Advisor: Smita Mathur
Project: XMM-Newton Observations of the NLS1 J1430-0011
Whereabouts: CPC Processor for Career Education Corp.

Julie Janczak

Advisor: Andy Gould & Rick Pogge
Project: Searching for Planets with Gravitational Lensing
Paper: Janczak et al. 2010, ApJ, 711, 731
Whereabouts: MS in Physics at The Ohio State University, 2012

Jacob Mayer

Advisor: Jim Beatty
Project: MATLAB Model of Electronics for AMBER
Whereabouts: Teacher, Reynoldsburg City Schools

Man-Hong Wong

Advisor: Paul Martini
Project: OSMOS: Ohio State MultiObject Spectrograph
Whereabouts: Graduate student in Physics at the University of Illinois
Other: Advanced Light Source Doctoral Fellowship, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory


Summer 2009

Dina Drozdoz

Advisor: Barbara Ryden
Project: Spin Statistics of Spiral Galaxies in the Sloan Digital Sky Survey
Whereabouts: Graduate student at Clemson University

James Mertens

Advisor: Kris Sellgren
Project: Measuring Reddening towards the Galactic Center
Whereabouts: Graduate student in Physics at Case Western University

Cameron Nelson

Advisor: Andy Gould & Rick Pogge
Project: Placing Constraints on a Binary Gravitational Microlensing System
Paper: Skowron et al. 2011, ApJ, 738, 87
Whereabouts: Graduate student in Optical Sciences at the University of Arizona

Jacob Parks

Advisor: Don Terndrup & Marc Pinsonneault
Project: Distance to Open Clusters from Main Sequence Fitting
Whereabouts: Graduate student in Physics at The Ohio State University

Eric Suchyta

Advisor: Jim Beatty
Project: AURA Attenuation Length
After Graduation: PhD in Physics at The Ohio State University
Whereabouts: Postdoctoral researcher at the University of Pennsylvania


Summer 2010

Lawrence Capruder

Advisor: Scott Gaudi & Marc Pinsonneault
Project: Solar Mass Loss and the Faint Young Sun Paradox
Whereabouts: MIT Lincoln Laboratory

Li-Wei Hung

Advisor: Andy Gould & Rick Pogge
Project: Searching for Extrasolar Planets in the Microlensing Event MB10311
Whereabouts: Graduate student at UCLA
Other: NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

Anna Kwa

Advisor: Jennifer Johnson
Project: Carbon-Enhanced Metal-Poor Stars
Whereabouts: Graduate student at UC Irvine

Mallory Molina

Advisor: Brad Peterson
Project: Inter-Percentile Velocity Widths of Spectral Lines for AGN Black Hole Masses
Other: NSF Graduate Research Fellowship
Whereabouts: Graduate student at Penn State University

Jessica Orwig

Advisor: Jennifer Johnson
Project: Metallicities of M Giants in the Galactic Halo
After Graduation: Graduate School in Science Writing, Texas A&M University         
Whereabouts: Science Reporter, Business Insider Magazine


Summer 2011

Andrew Gallagher

Advisor: Barbara Ryden
Project: Searching for Dark Galaxies via their Distorted Companions in the Sloan Digital Sky Survey
Whereabouts: Graduate student at University of Maryland

Johnny Greco

Advisor: Paul Martini & Todd Thompson
Project: Probing the Mass Distribution and Stellar Populations of M82
Other: Goldwater Fellow, NSF Graduate Research Fellowship
Whereabouts: Graduate student at Princeton University

Daniel McGregor

Advisor: Andy Gould & Rick Pogge
Project: Testing Microlensing Assumptions in the Event MB11093
Whereabouts: Graduate student in Math at The Ohio State University

Elizabeth Otto

Advisor: Jennifer Johnson
Project: Chemical Abundances of CH Stars in Omega Centauri
After Graduation: Graduate student at UC Santa Cruz
Other: NSF Graduate Research Fellowship
Whereabouts: We Teach Science

Ethan Palay

Advisor: Anil Pradhan
Project: Nebular Temperature and Density Diagnostics with Far Infra-Red [O III] Lines
Paper: Palay, Nahar, Pradhan, & Eissner 2012, MNRAS, 423, 35
Whereabouts: Graduate student in Physics at the Colorado School of Mines


Summer 2012

Brittney Curtis

Advisor: Barbara Ryden
Project: Warped Disk Galaxies in SDSS DR8
Whereabouts: Epic Systems

Zachary Hartman

Advisor: Carsten Rott
Project: Solar WIMP Sensitivity in PINGU
Whereabouts: Graduate Student in Astronomy, Georgia State University

Jacob Jencson

Advisor: Kris Stanek
Project: Examining the Evolution of Supernova 2010jl
Whereabouts: Graduate student at Caltech

Adam Kavka

Advisor: Andy Gould & Rick Pogge
Project: Searching for Exoplanets in Microlensing Event OGLE 0617
Whereabouts: Graduate student at Carnegie Mellon University


Summer 2013

Alec Alvarez

Advisor: Scott Gaudi
Project: Filter Optimization of the WFIRST Telescope
Whereabouts: Software Intern

Erika Wagoner

Advisor: Jennifer Johnson
Project: Quantifying the M Dwarf Problem
Whereabouts: Graduate student at the University of Arizona


Summer 2014

Denise Hung

Advisors: Kevin Croxall and Richard Pogge
Project: Temperatures Derived from Metallicity Abundances for Two Metal-Rich and Two Metal-Poor Galaxies
Whereabouts: Graduate Student in Astronomy, University of Hawai'i

Jacob Luhn

Advisors: Matthew Penny and Scott Gaudi
Project: Circumbinary Planets in Microlensing
Whereabouts: Graduate Student in Astronomy, Penn State University

Rebecca O'Sha

Advisor: Barbara Ryden
Project: The Alignment of Early-Type and Late-Type Galaxies in the SDSS
Whereabouts: Graduation expected in 2016

Paul Zivick

Advisor: Paul Sutter
Project: Observable indicators of f(R) gravity in cosmic voids
Whereabouts: Graduate Student in Astronomy, University of Virginia


Summer 2015

Rachel Cannata

Advisor: Don Terndrup
Project: Examining Contamination in the Kepler Field
Whereabouts: Graduation expected Spring 2017

Derrick James

Advisors: Barbara Ryden
Project: The Green Valley: Separating Galaxy Populations in Color-Magnitude Space
Whereabouts: Graduation expected Spring 2017

Michael Macuga

Advisor: Paul Martini
Project: Galaxy and Black Hole Growth in the Early Universe
Whereabouts: Graduation expected in 2017


Summer 2016

Malinda Baer

Advisor: Richard Pogge
Project: CHAOS: Chemical Abundances of Spiral Galaxies
Whereabouts: Graduation expected Spring 2018

Grace Calhoun

Advisors: Donald Terndrup
Project: A Preliminary Analysis on the Binary Star Systems J1355 and J1435
Whereabouts: Graduation expected Spring 2017

Macy Huston

Advisors: Matthew Penny and Scott Gaudi
Project: A New Milky Way Model for Microlensing Predictions
Whereabouts: Graduation expected in 2018

Fangze Liu

Advisor: Smita Mathur
Project: Time-dependent soft X-ray absorption in gamma-ray burst afterglows
Whereabouts: Graduation expected in 2018

Joe Schulze

Advisor: Donald Terndrup
Project: Characterization of LP 133-373: A Detached Eclipsing dMe Binary
Whereabouts: Graduation expected in 2017

Andy Taylor

Advisor: Todd Thompson
Project: The Effect of Kozai Oscillations on Eccentricity Distributions and Merger Rates of Compact Objects
Whereabouts: Graduation expected in 2018

 

 

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