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

May 18, 2020
Tom Wagg

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 Physics and Astrophysics with a secondary in Computer Science. He has done research projects on the WASP exoplanet survey (with prof. Coel Hellier at Keele University), luminous red galaxies (with Daniel Eisenstein) and population genetics (with Michael Desai) before his thesis. He loves astrophysics and research and plans to complete a PhD at the University of Washington and hopefully pursue a career in academia. But before that he will be working with Selma for the next year at the CfA on work related to his thesis. He requested a shoutout to his awesome mum, who is a science teacher, for getting him interested in science in the first place!  Title of his thesis is Detecting Black Hole—Neutron Star Binaries with the Laser Interferometer Space Antenna.