You are here: Home News and Events Six Graduate Students Successfully Defend PhD Theses

Six Graduate Students Successfully Defend PhD Theses

Main Content

The department is delighted to announce that the following graduate students have successfully defended their PhD theses:

Natasha Batalha worked with James Kasting and Avi Mandell on interpreting observations of atmospheres of extrasolar planets. She has accepted a postdoctoral position with Nicole Lewis at the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore.

Kimberly Cartier worked with Ron Gilliland, Ming Zhao, Jason Wright, and Thomas Beatty on observations of transiting exoplanets and effective techniques in astronomy communication. She is the recipient of an internship in science news writing and production at Eos, which is the science magazine of the American Geophysical Union.

Taran Esplin worked with Kevin Luhman on observations of the coldest and least-massive brown dwarfs. He is the recipient of the Peter A. Strittmatter Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Arizona.

Alex Hagen worked with Robin Ciardullo and Caryl Gronwall on Lyman-alpha emitting galaxies at high redshift.  He has accepted a position as a data scientist at Visual.AI in Baltimore.

Lea Hagen worked with Caryl Gronwall and Michael Siegel on observations of star formation and dust in galaxies. She has accepted a postdoctoral position with Julia Roman-Duval, Joshua Peek, and Karl Gordon at the Space Telescope Science Institute.

Arpita Roy worked with Suvrath Mahadevan in developing technology for the detection of rocky planets orbiting other stars via radial velocity measurements. She is the recipient of the Caltech Robert A. Millikan Prize Postdoctoral Fellowship.

Congratulations to Natasha, Kimberly, Taran, Alex, Lea, and Arpita!