What are our current graduate students working on, and what do they most value about their experience at Michigan Astronomy? We've asked some students to share their stories. For a complete list of our graduate students and a description of their research, please see our Graduate Student page in the People section.
Protoplanetary Disks | Advisor: Ted Bergin
Ilse Cleeves studies the chemical and physical properties of young circumstellar disks, with a focus on ionization.
“My advisor has so many novel, creative ideas; I’ve gone in completely unexpected directions.”
Dwarf Galaxies | Advisor: Eric Bell
Colin Slater is using computational modeling to explore the properties of local dwarf galaxies.
“This is a very intellectually productive environment.”
NSF Fellowship | Gas Cycles in Starburst Galaxies | Advisor: Sally Oey
Anne Jaskot is examining what causes intense star formation in galaxies and whether such galaxies can leak enough UV radiation to explain the ionization of the early universe.
"I’ve been doing research since I first got here, and I was encouraged to go to conferences early on to present my results."
Interferometry Instrumentation | Advisor: John Monnier
Xiao Che worked with his advisor to upgrade the CHARA telescope array to better image hot stars and their environments.
“If you’re motivated, there are so many opportunities.”
NSF Fellowship | Circumstellar Particles | Advisor: Nuria Calvet
Melissa is looking at the clouds and early disks around young stars to learn how diffuse dust grains lump together, creating conditions for planets to form.
“I came to U-M because of the caliber of the faculty. We’re in a race to publish with groups from Caltech, Harvard CfA, and Europe — it’s truly the cutting-edge.”
NSF Fellowship | Galaxy Clusters | Advisor: Chris Miller
Dan Gifford is working to make the caustic method a more accessible method for measuring the mass of galaxy clusters.
“This is an encouraging, collaborative department. Grad school is demanding, so that support system is really important.”
NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship | Black Holes | Advisor: Jon Miller
Ashley is researching how accretion onto black holes, which is seen in X-ray, affects the production of jets, which is seen in radio.
“This is a great young department that’s very driven. We’re strong in the field of black holes, both observationally and theoretically.”