Four Graduate Students Awarded Prestigious Postdoctoral Fellowships
The department is delighted to announce that four of our senior graduate students have been awarded prestigious postdoctoral fellowships. These fellowships will allow the students to pursue independent research for three years following their graduation later this year.
Sam Halverson is the recipient of the NASA Sagan Postdoctoral Fellowship. During his graduate studies (supervised by Dr. Suvrath Mahadevan), Sam has developed technology for the detection of rocky planets orbiting other stars via radial velocity measurements. Through his fellowship, he will continue work of this kind at the University of Pennsylvania.
Xuesong Sharon Wang is the recipient of the Carnegie Postdoctoral Fellowship in Astronomy and Planetary Science. During her graduate studies (supervised by Dr. Jason Wright), Sharon has developed improvements in the accuracies of radial velocity measurements that are used to search for planets around other stars. She will continue this work at the Department of Terrestrial Magnetism at the Carnegie Institute of Washington.
Jason Curtis is the recipient of the NSF Astronomy and Astrophysics Postdoctoral Fellowship. During his graduate studies (supervised by Dr. Jason Wright), Jason has studied the evolution of chromospheric activity in middle-aged Sun-like stars using nearby stellar clusters, which is relevant to understanding how the Sun influenced the development of life on Earth. His fellowship will allow him to continue this work at Columbia University.
Megan Shabram is the recipient of a NASA Postdoctoral Program Fellowship. During her graduate studies (supervised by Dr. Eric Ford), Megan has developed statistical methods for characterizing populations of exoplanets and eclipsing binary stars. Through her fellowship, she will extend and apply these techniques at NASA Ames Research Center.
Congratulations to Sam, Sharon, Jason, and Megan!