Undergraduate

Brian

Brian Hsu awarded the department's 2021 Goldberg Prize for best junior research thesis.

May 14, 2021

Brian's thesis was entitled Bayesian Analysis of 21 Hydrogen-poor Superluminous Supernovae from the Dark Energy Survey and No Evidence for a Redshift Evolution." His advisor was Griffin Hosseinzadeh.

Brian has submitted it to both arXiv and the ApJ.  In the meantime, he will continue a project from last summer with the intention of publishing it by the end of the summer. Brian will be on leave this coming academic year but will most likely continue doing research with Edo Berger and start brainstorming for his senior thesis some time in...

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Allessandra

Graduating senior, Alessandra Canta, winner of both a College Hoopes Prize and the Department's Senior Goldberg Prize.

May 14, 2021

Alessandra switched her concentration to Astronomy only a year ago, just in time to win the most prestigious prizes for her senior thesis "“Unlocking the Key to Life: Observation and Formation of Nitriles in Protoplanetary Disks".   Karin Öberg was her advisor.  She will be starting graduate school in London this September.  

https://prizes.fas.harvard.edu/hoopes-prize

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Amir Siraj

Senior Concentrator Amir Siraj awarded a place in the Forbes 30 Under 30 for 2021. He is the youngest member in this year's Science cohort.

December 2, 2020

Siraj is a student in astrophysics at Harvard whose research has explored the impact of comets and asteroids on planetary systems, new ways to detect interstellar objects and efficient techniques to detect small black holes. He's also a classical pianist pursuing a degree at the New England Conservatory.

Read his full profile here: https://www.forbes.com/profile/amir-siraj/?list=30under30-science&sh=2e2836351fda

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Amir Siraj

Astronomy concentrator, Amir Siraj, is recipient of Harvard College Hoopes Prize and the department's Goldberg Prize.

May 22, 2020

Amir Siraj is a junior at Harvard College in Leverett House, studying astrophysics. He is a classical pianist and is concurrently pursuing a Master's in Music at the New England Conservatory of Music for piano performance. In his free time, he enjoys conducting the Hasty Pudding Theatricals and singing with the Harvard Krokodiloes. 

Hoopes Prizes are given to select undergraduates for excellent undergraduate work and excellence in the art of teaching. ...

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Tom Wagg

Tom Wagg receives a Senior Goldberg Prize along with Noel Chou who was awarded the Junior Goldberg Prize.

May 18, 2020

Noel Chou is a rising senior studying astronomy and she is also interested in computer science. She is from the California Bay Area. She has been privileged to have had an introduction to the exciting fields of machine learning and supernovae research under the guidance of Professor Edo Berger and Dr. Ashley Villar through her project, Host Galaxy Based Supernova Classification with Machine Learning.

Tom Wagg is originally from Newcastle-under-Lyme in England. He resided in Mather House and is part of the class of 2020, concentrating in...

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Arts First

Four of our concentrators participating in ARTS FIRST Creativity Festival on campus on May 4. See schedule inside.

April 30, 2019

On Saturday, May 4th, these four Astronomy concentrators will perform on campus during the ARTS FIRST festival.  See https://issuu.com/harvard_artsfirst/docs/arts_first_2019_guide_issuu for the full guide.

  • Gennie Weiler ’21, Harvard Callbacks (5/4 Yard Stage 1:40-2pm)
  • Grant Meiners ’22, Harvard Krokodiloes (5/4 Yard Stage 2:40-3pm)
  • ...
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Garcia-Mejia at TESS Launch

Astronomy graduate student Juliana Garcia-Mejia attends TESS launch

May 8, 2018

Garcia-Mejia: Last month, I was lucky enough to win a NASA lottery to attend the TESS launch as a VIP guest at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, FL. As is the case with rocket launches, there were a series of launch windows starting on April 16, 2018, at 6:32pm. As hundreds of scientists were getting ready to board the buses that would take us from the KSC visitor complex to the viewing site on April 16, a NASA representative crushed our launch-viewing dreams with a simple two words: "launch scrubbed". A second launch window did not open until Wednesday, April 18 at 6:51pm...

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