Current Undergraduates, Recent Graduates and their Research

Seniors 2017-2018

Jonah Donnenfield
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Teva Ilan
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Jin Soo Lim (returning after leave)
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Bethlee Lindor
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Alisabeth Marstellar
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Amanda Newmark
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Elias Rubin (returning after leave)
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Tristan Schrader
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Juniors 2017-2018

Carlos Anicetti
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Madelyn Broome
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Chris Choo (returning after leave)
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Angel Fan (returning after leave)
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Jacob Tyles
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Chen "Arden" Xie
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Seniors 2016-17

Samuel Cabot
Senior Thesis:  The Baryon Content of Galaxy Systems:  Observations and Simulations
Advisor:  Neta Bahcall

Alice Eltvedt
Senior Thesis:  The Quasar Proximity Effect and the Intergalactic Medium at Low Redshift
Advisor:  Neta Bahcall

Boryana Hadzhiyska
Senior Thesis:  Exploring Non-Standard Extensions to the Standard Model of the Early Universe 
Advisors:  Jo Dunkley, David Spergel

Arianna Lanz
Senior Thesis:  Think Planck ACT: A Cross-Correlation of the CIB and CMB using Planck, ACT and UltraVISTA
Advisor:  David Spergel

Jin Soo Lim (on leave this year)
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Revant Nayar (returning January, 2017)
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Katelyn Neese
Senior Thesis:  Examining Morphologies of Host Galaxies of Quasars using the Hyper-Suprime Cam
Advisor:  Michael Strauss

Tamar Novetsky
Senior Thesis:  A Search for Signatures of Supermassive Black Hole Binaries in the Broad-Band Spectral Energy Distribution of Quasars
Advisor:  Jenny Greene

Elias Rubin 
Senior Thesis:  Cosmological simulations
Advisor:  Renyue Cen

Juniors 2016-17

Catherine Blume
Fall JP:  Plasma Astrophysics
Advisor:  Matt Kunz
Spring JP:  Predicting Catastrophe:  How Self-Organized Criticality Impacts Flare Forecasting
Advisor:  Hantao Ji

Chris Choo (on leave this year)
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Jonah Donnenfield 
Fall JP: PCA analysis of sky spectra in SDSS
Advisor:  Michael Strauss
Spring JP:  Exoplanet Habitability: An Ongoing Discussion
Advisor:  Adam Burrows

Angel Fan
Fall JP:  The Proximus Centauri planet
Advisor:  Ed Turner
Spring JP:  (on leave)

Teva Ilan
Fall JP:  Binary - Single Scatterings and Gravitational Inspirals
Advisor:  Johan Samsing
Spring JP:  3C190: Probing The Extreme AGN 'Blowout' Phase of Galaxy Evolution
Advisor:  Jenny Greene

Bethlee Lindor
Fall JP:  Exoplanets
Advisor:  Joel Hartman
Spring JP  Targeted Search for Milky Way Satellites Using HSC
Advisor:  Adrian Price-Whelan

Alisabeth Marsteller
Fall JP:  Supermassive Black Holes versus Galaxy Relations
Advisor:  Neta Bahcall
Spring JP:  Analysis of unique features of Type II quasars
Advisor:  Michael Strauss

Amanda Newmark
Fall JP:  Weak Lensing
Advisor:  Elinor Medezinski
Spring JP:  Late Pre-Main-Sequence Evolution
Advisor:  Adam Burrows

Tristan Schrader
Fall JP:  Galaxy evolution
Advisor:  Jenny Greene, Andy Goulding
Spring JP:  The Plasma Physics of Proto-Planetary Disks
Advisor:  Matt Kunz


Seniors 2015-16

Stephen (Nicholas) Barton
Senior Thesis:  Planet Populations
Advisor:  Tim Morton and Edwin Turner
Post Graduate:  Imperial College for Graduate School, Applied Math, followed by Rhodes Scholar, University of Oxford

Eve Matthaey
Senior Thesis:  High-order particle deposition in particle-in-cell simulations
Advisor:  Anatoly Spitkovsky
Post Graduate:  Software engineer at Bloomberg, NYC

Oderah (Justin) Otor
Senior Thesis:  Revealing a Massive Companion in the Kepeler-56 System
Advisor:  Gaspar Bakos [& John Johnson (CfA)]
Post Graduate:  Research in Chile

Jamila Pegues
Senior Thesis:  Analyzing the Distribution and Chemical Evolution of Major Nitrogen Carriers and the N/O Ratio within Theoretical Protoplanetary Disks
Advisor:  Bruce Draine [& Karin Oberg CfA)]
Post Graduate:  Graduate School, Astrophysics, Harvard University

Roberta Raileanu
Senior Thesis:  SDSS/HSC Extragalactic Observations
Advisor:  Michael Strauss
Post Graduate:  Graduate  School, Computer Science, New York University

Thomas Gonzalez Roberts
Senior Thesis:  Measuring Break-ups:  A Statistical Analysis of Space Debris Collisions in Low-Earth Orbit from 1958 to 2015
Advisor:  Christopher Chyba
Post Graduate:  Graduate School, Data Science,University of Edinburgh

Nabeel Sarwar
Senior Thesis:  SDSS/HSC Extragalactic Observations
Advisor:  Michael Strauss
Post Graduate:

Margaret (Maggie) Thompson
Senior Thesis:  A Model for Astrometric Detection and Characterization of Multi-Exoplanet Systems
Advisor:  David Spergel
Post Graduate:  Carnegie Institute for Science, Washington, DC

Sandy (Sihan) Yuan
Senior Thesis:  Photometric Identification and Studies of Ultra Diffuse Galaxies In Hyper Suprime-Cam
Advisor:  David Spergel
Post Graduate:  Graduate School, Astrophysics, Harvard University

Juniors 2015-16

Samuel Cabot
Fall JP:  BPT characterization of star forming galaxies ultra-high resolution cosmological hydronamic simulations
Advisor:  Renyue Cen
Spring JP:  "Transverse Peculiar Velocity Estimates of LEDA 69457:  The Einstein Cross”
Advisor:  Jeremy Goodman

Alice Eltvedt
Fall JP:  Identifying Quasars with N_v/Ly_a Line Area Ratios>1 from the SDSS-III DR12
Advisor:  Michael Strauss
Spring JP:  "A Catalog of Quasars with Extreme NV/Ly alpha Ratios"
Advisor:  Michael Strauss

Boryana Hadzhiyska
Fall JP:  Recovering the Tidal Field in the Projected Galaxy Distribution
Advisor:  Michael Strauss
Spring JP:  Second Order Lagrangian Perturbations for the Baryonic Fluid after Recombination
Advisor:  David Spergel

Arianna Lanz
Fall JP:  The Photometric Properties of Dust in the Intracluster Medium
Advisor:  Nick Battaglia
Spring JP:  "The Causes of Variance in Star Formation Rates in Galaxies over Time"
Advisor:  Renyue Cen

Jin Soo Lim
Fall JP:  Numerical Analysis on the Effect of Orbital Coplanarity in Transit Survey
Advisor:  Ewin Turner
Spring JP:  "Host Galaxies of Quasars in the Hyper Suprime-Cam Survey"
Advisor:  Michael Strauss

Katelyn Neese
Fall JP:  Using Annual Modulation to Identify Theories of Dark Matter
Advisor:  Vera Gluscevic (IAS) and Neta Bahcall
Spring JP:  “Testing virial mass estimates of GMCs using numerical simulations of galactic disks”
Advisor:  Eve  Ostriker

Tamar Novetsky
Fall JP:  Analyzing the Role of Collision sin [OII] Emissions Using Laozi Simulations
Advisor:  Renyue Cen
Spring JP:  "Physical Decomposition of Sky Spectra from the SDSS BOSS Survey"
Advisor:  Michael Strauss

Elias Rubin
Fall JP:  Numerical Simulations of a Self-Gravitating, Isothermal, Planar Atmosphere
Advisor:  Aaron Skinner and Eve Ostriker
Spring JP:  Using Deep Autoencoders for Spectrograph Data Reconstruction
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Seniors 2014-15

Ivo Crnkovic-Rubsamen
Senior Thesis:  Inclined Planetary Orbits in Accretion Disks:  A Preliminary study with Athena++
Advisor:  James Stone
Post Graduate:  Bridgewater, a global macro hedgefund

Dayton Martindale
Senior Thesis:  Star-Cross’d:  Coming together in an expanding universe
Advisor:  Neta Bahcall & Michael Lemonick
Post Graduate:  Graduate School Science Journalism UC Berkeley

Elizabeth Paul
Senior Thesis:  Passive tracers in ATHENA:  implementation and applications to turbulent star formation
Advisor:  Eve Ostriker
Post Graduate:  Graduate School Astrophysics U Maryland

Alexandra Pleus
Senior Thesis:  The Effects of Spectral Resolution in Detecting Oxygen in Earth-like Exoplanets
Advisor:  Tim Morton & Adam Burrows
Post Graduate:  U Hawaii

Morgan Presley
Senior Thesis:  Quantifying the Degree of Fine-tuning in Models of Inflation
Advisor:  Paul Steinhardt (PHY)
Post Graduate:  Graduate School Astrophysics UC Berkeley

Juniors 2014-15

Stephen (Nicholas) Barton
Fall JP:  Light Pollution At Princeton University
Advisor:  Gaspar Bakos
Spring JP:  Simulating Stellar Evolution with MESA
Advisor:  Adam Burrows

Eve Matthaey
Fall JP:  The Contribution of Red Super Giants to the K-Band Luminosity of Spiral Galaxies
Advisor:  Jenny Greene & Arjen van der Wel (Max Planck Inst.)
Spring JP:  A Comparison of Photometry for Quasars in SDSS and HSC
Advisor:  Michael Strauss

Revant Nayar
Fall JP:  Dynamics and Instabilities of Vortex Rings
Advisor:  Steve Gubser (PHY)
Spring JP:  Impact of Lorentz Violation on Scalar Fields in the Early Universe
Advisor:  Paul Steinhardt

Oderah (Justin) Otor
Fall JP:  Spectral Categorization of Compact Galaxies via SDSS Advisor:  Michael Strauss
Spring JP:  Scouring and Dust in Supermassive Elliptical Galaxies
Advisor:  Jenny Greene

Jamila Pegues
Fall JP:  Gearing Up To Cross The Redshift Desert
Advisor:  Jenny Greene
Spring JP:  Distinguishing Single-Transit Planetary Systems From Astrophysical False Positives
Advisor:  Tim Morton

Roberta Raileanu
Fall JP:  Superbubbles Driven By Multiple Supernovae in The Two-Phase Interstellar Medium
Advisor:  Eve Ostriker
Spring JP:  Predicting Rotation Periods of Stars From Autocorrelation
Advisor:  Tim Morton

Thomas Gonzalez Roberts
Fall JP:  Effect of Grain Shape on FIR Polarization Efficiencies
Advisor:  Bruce Draine
Spring JP:  Anti-Satellite Weapons in the United States, The Soviet Union, And China:  A Histrorical and Political Synopsis
Advisor:  Chris Chyba

Nabeel Sarwar
Fall JP:  Exploratory Analysis in Astrophysical Cartography
Advisor:  Adam Burrows
Spring JP:  Case Study of Tidal Dissipation in Various Hot Jupiters and Observations on Rotational Parameters and Quality Factors
Advisor:  Kaloyan Penev

Margaret (Maggie) Thompson
Fall JP:  A Search for Close Binary Companions to Kepler Host Stars
Advisor:  Tim Morton
Spring JP:  The Future of Exoplanet Science
Advisor:  Gaspar Bakos

Sandy (Sihan) Yuan
Fall JP:  Spectroscopic Identification of AGNs and Type II Quasars at Redshift Below 1 in SDSS-III/BOSS
Advisor:  Michael Strauss
Spring JP:  A New Light on the Physical Nature of the Most Metal-Poor Damped Lyman-a System At z~3
Advisor:  Renyue Cen


Seniors 2013-14

Frederick Addy
Senior Thesis:  "AGN Fueling:  Alignments Between Circumnuclear Structures and Radio Jets?"
Advisor:  Jenny Greene
Post Graduate:  Clean Energy Consulting

Benjamin Cook
Senior Thesis:  "The Distribution of Dark Matter and Baryons in the Universe"
Advisor:  Neta Bahcall
Post Graduate:  Harvard - Graduate School, Astronomy

Tomer Yavetz
Senior Thesis:  "Testing for Non-Gaussianity"
Advisor:  David Spergel
Post Graduate:  McKinsy Consulting Company

Michael (Zhaoxi) Zhang
Senior Thesis:  "High-precision multi-color DSLR photometry"
Advisor:  Gaspar Bakos
Post Graduate:  Microsoft

Juniors 2013-14

Ivo Crnkovic-Rubsamen
Fall JP:  “Investigating Possible Sources of Planet Formation:  An Analysis of Proto-Planetary Vortices in Accretion Disks”
Advisor:  James Stone
Spring JP:  “Modeling Type Ia Supernovae in anticipation of INTEGRAL”
Advisor:  Adam Burrows

Dayton Martindale
Fall JP:  “Magnification Due to Microlensing by a Lone Star”
Advisor:  Jeremy Goodman
Spring JP:  “The Charm of Small Telescopes,” or, Begging for Planets, HAT in Hand”
Advisor:  Gaspar Bakos, Michael Lemonic

Elizabeth Paul
Fall JP:  “Quantifying Orientation Effects on Detection of Dust Obscured Galaxies”
Advisor:  Renyue Cen
Spring JP:  “Host Galaxies of Quasars in the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope Legacy Survey”
Advisor:  Michael Strauss

Alexandra Pleus
Fall JP:  “Analysis of Exoplanet Properties by Detection Method”
Advisor:  Adam Burrows
Spring JP:  “Identification of Type II Quasars from SDSS-III BOSS spectra”
Advisor:  Michael Strauss

Morgan Presley
Fall JP:  “Implications of the Initial-Final Mass Relation for Low-Mass Stars on Prescriptions for RGB/AGB Mass Loss”
Advisor:  Dave Speigel, IAS
Spring JP:  “The Effects of the Eddington Factor on Turbulence in Radiation Hydrodynamic Simulations of a Galactic Disk”
Advisor:  Eve Ostriker


Seniors 2012-13

Lehman Garrison
Senior Thesis:  “Galactic Warps”
Advisors:  David Spergel, Naoki Yoshida (Univ. of Tokyo)
Post Graduate:  Harvard - Graduate School, Astronomy

Allison Hume
Senior Thesis:  “Optimizing High-Energy Astrophysical Simulations”
Advisor:  Anatoly Spitkovsky
Post Graduate:

Daniel Minkin
Senior Thesis:  “Spectroscopy of the Outer Parts of Galaxies”
Advisor:  Michael Strauss
Post Graduate:

Carolina Nunez
Senior Thesis:  “Luminous Red Galaxies and Clusters at z~0.7”
Advisor:  David Spergel
Post Graduate:

Prachi Parihar
Senior Thesis:  "The Topology of Large Scale Structure"
Advisor:  Richard Gott
Post Graduate:  Caltech - Graduate School, Astronomy

Joel Zinn
Senior Thesis:  "Searching for a Magnification Signal with SDSS Galaxies and WISE AGN"
Advisor:  David Spergel
Post Graduate:

Juniors 2012-13

Frederick Addy
Fall JP:  “A Behavioral Analysis of American Market Responses to the Greek Credit Crisis”
Advisor:  Michael Kraus (Bendheim Center for Finance), Neta Bahcall
Spring JP:  “The Refractive Properties of Venus's Atmosphere”
Advisor:  Adam Burrows

Benjamin A. Cook
Fall JP:  “ Photometric analysis of asteroid 7 (Iris) and other minor planets with the HATNet survey”
Advisor:  Gaspar Bakos
Spring JP:  "Quantitative inspection of quasars and their spectroscopic properties using the SDSS Baryon Oscillation Spectroscopic Survey"
Advisor:  Michael Strauss

Tomer Yavetz
Fall JP:  “ Modeling Submillimeter Galaxies”
Advisor:  Neelima Sehgal (Stony Brook Univ.), David Spergel
Spring JP:  "The Importance of Earth's Oblateness for Low-Earth Satellite Orbits."
Advisor:  Scott Tremaine (IAS)

Michael (Zhaoxi) Zhang
Fall JP:  “Tidal Dissipation and Stellar Spin-up in Hot Jupiter Systems”
Advisor:  Kaloyan Penev, Astro postdoc
Spring JP:  “Current sheets and magnetic reconnection in MHD accretion disk simulations”
Advisor:  James Stone


Seniors 2011-12

Rachel Alexandroff
Senior Thesis:  "Discovery of High Redshift Obscured Quasars in SDSS-III BOSS and Further Near-Infrared Spectroscopic Investigation"
Advisor:  Michael Strauss
Post Graduate:  Johns Hopkins University Graduate School, Astronomy

Matt DiDonato
Senior Thesis:  "Astronomy As a Vehicle for High School Science Education"
Advisor:  Neta Bahcall
Post Graduate:  NASA Endeavor Fellowship:  Columbia University, Teaching College Graduate School, STEM Physics/Astrophysics Education/Teaching at Haddonfield Memorial High School, NJ

Juan Farfan
Senior Thesis:  "Supernovae Gamma-Ray Line & Hard X-Ray Continuum Emissions"
Advisor:  Adam Burrows
Post Graduate:  Private Industry

Margaret Shaw
Senior Thesis:  "A Novel Thrust Measurement Method For Plasma Rockets with Magnetic Nozzles Using B-field Measurements"
Advisor:  Jeremy Goodman and Edgar Choueiri (MAE)
Post Graduate:  MIT Graduate School, Astronomy

Mary (Shangjun) Zhang
Senior Thesis:  "Baryons, Mass, and Light in the Universe"
Advisor:  Neta Bahcall
Post Graduate:  Harvard University Graduate School, Astronomy

Juniors 2011-12

Lehman Garrison
Fall JP:  "Scaling the Memory Wall:  Filtering in TRISTAN-MP"
Advisor:  Anatoly Spitkovsky
Spring JP:  "An Online Adaptive Algorithm for High-Resolution Mapping with an Autonomous Underwater Vehicle"
Advisor:  Chris Clark (COS)

Allison Hume
Fall JP:  "Cluster Mass versus Richness Relation"
Advisor:  Neta Bahcall
Spring JP:
Advisor:  Anatoly Spitkovsky

Daniel Minkin
Fall JP:  “A Review of the Literature Concerning NGC 6791 and a Need for New Calibrations Concerning He-Flash Avoidance in White Dwarfs”
Advisor:  James Gunn
Spring JP:  "An Analysis of He-Flash Avoidance in White Dwarfs"
Advisor:  James Gunn

Carolina Nunez
Fall JP:  "Simulations of the X-Ray Sky"
Advisor:  David Spergel
Spring JP:
Advisor:  Michael Strauss

Prachi Parihar
Fall JP:  "Observation of the 21 cm line"
Advisor:  Daniel Marlow (PHY)
Spring JP:
Advisor:  Michael Strauss

Joel Zinn
Fall JP:  "Gravitational Lenses in the Baryon Oscillation Spectroscopic Survey Luminous Red Galaxy Sample"
Advisor:  Michael Strauss
Spring JP:
Advisor:  Richard Gott


Seniors 2010-11

Jared Crooks
Senior Thesis:  "Funding the Future:  A Study of the Astronomy & Astrophysics Decadal Survey and the Budgetary Process"
Advisor:  David Spergel
Post Graduate:  Princeton University, Woodrow Wilson School of Public & International Affairs, MPA, Science Policy

Michael Gordon
Senior Thesis:  "In Search of Asymmetry in ACT-detected SZ Clusters"
Advisor:  Lyman Page
Post Graduate:  Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, Research

Andrew Peck
Senior Thesis:  "On the Injection of Particles into Fermi Acceleration in Collisionless Shocks"
Advisor:  Anatoly Spitkovsky
Post Graduate:  Private Sector Position

Zachary Slepian
Senior Thesis:  "Slow Roll Dark Energy"
Advisor:  Richard Gott

 Post Graduate:  Harvard University Graduate School, Astronomy

Aaron Smargon
Senior Thesis:  "A Hanbury Brown-Twiss-Inspired Analysis of Coronagraphic Images"
Advisor:  Jason Fleischer (EE), Jeremy Kasdin (MAE), Neta Bahcall
Post Graduate:  Start-Up Co.

Sarah Wellons
Senior Thesis:  "Simulations of External Shocks in Gamma-Ray Bursts"
Advisor:  Anatoly Spitkovsky
Post Graduate:  NSF Fellowship Harvard University Graduate School, Astronomy

Juniors 2010-11

Rachael Alexandroff
Fall JP:  “Comparing the True Masses of Two Exoplanets Based on a Radial Velocity Measurement of Their M sin(i) Values”
Advisor:  Ed Turner
Spring JP:  “A Search for High Redshift Type II Quasars from the SDSS BOSS Survey"
Advisor:  Michael Strauss

Matt DiDonato
Fall JP:  “Examining the Colors of SDSS Quasar Host Galaxies”
Advisor:  Michael Strauss
Spring JP:  “Supermassive Black Holes in Quasars”
Advisor:  Neta Bahcall

Daniel Minkin
Fall JP:  “A Review of the Literature Concerning NGC 6791 and a Need for New Calibrations Concerning He-Flash Avoidance in White Dwarfs”
Advisor:  Jim Gunn
Spring JP:  “Analysis of NGC 6791 and a Need for New Calibrations Concerning He-Flash Avoidance in White Dwarfs”
Advisor:  Jim Gunn

Margaret Shaw
Fall JP:  “The Effect of a Minimum Detectable Velocity Amplitude on the Msin(i) Distribution of Exoplanets in RV Surveys”
Advisor:  Ed Turner
Spring JP:  “Modeling Telluric H2 0 Absorption:  Prospects for Precise RV Measurements of Low-mass Stars”
Advisor:  Cullen Blake

Mary (Shangjun) Zhang
Fall JP:  “Dust Extinction of Galaxies as a Function of Inclination”
Advisor:  Michael Strauss
Spring JP:  "Magnetic Activity in Dwarf M Stars with White Dwarf Companions"
Advisor:  Gillian Knapp


Seniors 2009-10

Courtney Dressing
Senior Thesis:  "New Frontiers in Exoplanet Detection:  High Contrast Imaging With Subaru"
Advisor:  Edwin Turner and Michael McElwain
Post Graduate:  Harvard Graduate School, Astronomy

Rebecca Harper
Senior Thesis:  "Statistical Comparison of Binary Stars and Planetary Systems"
Advisor:  J. Richard Gott
Post Graduate:  Int'l. Economic Development

Ted Price
Senior Thesis:  "Examining SDSS Extended Quasars at High Redshift and Unresolved Quasars at Low Redshift"
Advisor:  Michael Strauss
Post Graduate:  U of Southern CA, MBA

Bilhuda Rasheed
Senior Thesis:  "Where Are the Missing Baryons in Clusters? "
Advisor:  Neta Bahcall
Post Graduate:  Energy and Environmental Project in Pakistan

Kathryn Silverio
Senior Thesis:  "Characterizing the Emission From Interstellar Dust at Microwave" Frequencies
Advisor:  David Spergel and Aurelien Fraisse
Post Graduate:  UC Berkeley Graduate School, Astronomy

Hassen Yesuf
Senior Thesis:  "Dynamical Mass Estimates of the Sloan Great Wall"
Advisor:  J. Richard Gott
Post Graduate:  UCSC Graduate School, Astronomy


Seniors 2008-09

Jessica Kloss
Senior Thesis:  “Intrinsic Galaxy Alignments”
Advisor:  David Spergel
Post Graduate:  Graduate School in Science Journalism, Boston University

Ragnhild Lunnan
Senior Thesis:  “Topology of Luminous Red Galaxies”
Advisor:  Richard Gott
Post Graduate:  Graduate School, Astrophysics, Harvard University

Juniors 2008-09

Courtney Dressing
Fall JP:  “Activity of M Dwarfs in White Dwarf – M Dwarf Binary Systems"
Advisor:  Jill Knapp
Spring JP:  “Habitable Planets: The Effects of Eccentricity”
Advisor:  Dave Spiegel

Rebecca Harper
Fall JP:  “Conceptions of Center and Light Metaphysics in Robert Grosseteste’s De Luce”
Advisor:  Vance Smith (ENG) and Neta Bahcall (AST)
Spring JP:  “Fragmentation of ‘Killer’ Asteroid”
Advisor:  Christopher Chyba

Michael Medeiros
Fall JP:  “Designing and Building a Custom Fourier Transform Spectrometer”
Advisor:  Suzanne Staggs (PHY)
Spring JP:  “Optimizing Athena: Implementing Super Time Stepping for Numerical Integration”
Advisor:  James Stone

Ted Price
Fall JP:  “Accretion Discs with Power-Law Viscosities”
Advisor:  Roman Rafikov
Spring JP:  “Financial Market Volatilities”
Advisors:  Neta Bahcall (Astro) and Ronnie Sircar (ORFE)

Bilhuda Rasheed
Fall JP:  “Giant Planets as Loaded Polytropes”
Advisor:  Roman Rafikov
Spring JP:  “Radioactive Dating Methods”
Advisor:  Adam Burrows

Kathryn Silverio
Fall JP:  “Can TiO Explain Thermal Inversions in the Upper Atmospheres of Irradiated Giant Planets?”
Advisor:  Adam Burrows
Spring JP:  “Sub-Structure in Clusters of Galaxies Using SDSS”
Advisor:  Michael Strauss

Hassen Yesuf
Fall JP:  “High-Redshift Narrow Line Seyfert Galaxies 1 from SDSS”
Advisor:  Michael Strauss
Spring JP:  “Measuring Baryon Acoustic Oscillations Using Clusters of Galaxies”
Advisor:  Neta Bahcall


Seniors 2007-08

Zoe Buck
Senior Thesis:  “Cross-correlation of Galaxies and Quasars in SDSS Stripe 82”
Advisor:  Michael Strauss
Post Graduate:  Science Journalism for a year, then graduate school

Katherine Miller
Senior Thesis:  “Quantifying the Bullet Cluster:  Pairwise Velocity Distributions in N-Body Cosmological Simulations”
Advisor:  Neta Bahcall
Post Graduate

Science Education and Outreach

Penny Pelton
Senior Thesis:  “Identifying Galaxy-QSO Superpositions in the SDSS”
Advisor:  Michael Strauss
Post Graduate:  Analyst for Princeton Consultants

Valery Rashkov
Senior Thesis:  “Variability in Sloan’s Equatorial Stripe:  A Search for Optically Violent Variable Objects”
Advisor:  David Spergel and Michael Strauss
Post Graduate:  Graduate School, Astrophysics, UC, Santa Cruz

Gregory Snyder
Senior Thesis:  “White Dwarf Companions: Colors in SDSS and 2MASS”
Advisor:  Jill Knapp
Post Graduate:  Graduate School, Astrophysics, Harvard Astronomy PHD program

Juniors 2007-08

Jessica Kloss
Fall JP:  “Galaxies and Their Nearest Neighbors”
Advisor:  Michael Strauss
Spring JP:  “Classifying Galaxies in the Sloan Digital Sky Survey”
Advisor:  Robert Lupton

Ragnhild Lunnan
Fall JP:  “Spectroscopic Properties of Radio Galaxies in the SDSS”
Advisor:  Michael Strauss
Spring JP:  “Computer Self-Gravity Using a Multigrid Method”
Advisor:  James Stone


Seniors 2006-07

Zach Berta
Senior Thesis:  "The Rosy Matched Filter: An Automated Red-Sequence Cluster Finder"
Advisor:  David Spergel
Post Graduate:  Graduate School, Astrophysics, Harvard University

William Dahab
Senior Thesis:  "Super-Massive Black Holes in Quasars "
Advisor:  Neta Bahcall
Post Graduate:  Wall Street Analyst

Greg Haislip
Senior Thesis:  “Maximum BCG:  Finding Clusters in COSMOS"
Advisor:  Neta Bahcall and Dave Johnson, Caltech
Post Graduate:  Naval Officers Program, Intelligence and Cryptology

Kelly Halford
Senior Thesis:  "Aim For The Moon, At Least If You Miss, You Will End Up Among The Stars:  Determining The Pointing Of The Atacama Cosmology Telescope"
Advisor:  David Spergel
Post Graduate:  Graduate School, Astrophysics, UCLA

Lorne Hofstetter
Senior Thesis:  “Portrait of the Sloan Great Wall”
Advisor:  Richard Gott
Post Graduate:  General Electric’s Global Research Center; and graduate school in engineering

Lear Janiv
Senior Thesis:  “The Local Galactic Escape Velocity:  The Mass of the Milky Way”
Advisor:  Jill Knapp
Post Graduate:  Goldman Sachs, Credit Derivates Trader

Ariel Klainerman
Senior Thesis:  “A Conformal Journey to the Center of the Earth: Extending the Map of the Universe Down to the Quark”
Advisor:  Richard Gott
Post Graduate:  Finances/Consulting Sector ; Air Force

Blake Martin
Senior Thesis:  “The Scale Dependence of The Baryon Mass Fraction”
Advisor:  Neta Bahcall
Post Graduate:   Medical School

Corey Ritter
Senior Thesis:  “Coupling the QUIET Receiver to the ACT Telescope: A Simple Two-Lens Solution”
Advisor:   Suzanne Staggs
Post Graduate:   Military, Army

Juniors 2006-07

Zoe Buck
Fall JP:  “Identifying Pre-Main-Sequence-Stars Using SDSS Spectroscopy”
Advisor:  Jill Knapp
Spring JP:  "Accurately Determining Galaxy Cluster Parameters using a Matched Filter Method"
Advisor:  David Spergel

Katherine Miller
Fall JP:  “Why Are They Pointing at Us? Are BL-Lac Objects Messages from Aliens at the Edge of the Universe?"
Advisor:  Michael Strauss
Spring JP:   "Oh Be a Fine Girl, Kiss Me Like That "
Advisor:   Jill Knapp

Penny Pelton
Fall JP:  "Selecting Radio Galaxies in the SDSS"
Advisor:  Michael Strauss
Spring JP:  "Developing Photometric Search Methods to Identify T Tauri Candidates in the Taurus Cloud"
Advisor:  Jill Knapp

Valery Rashkov
Fall JP:  “The Search for Faint Galaxies in the SDSS Sky Fibers ”
Advisor:  Michael Strauss
Spring JP:  “Photometric Redshift Determinations”
Advisor:  Neta Bahcall  and Ofer Lahav, UCL

Gregory Snyder
Fall JP:  “Looking for Luminous Red Galaxies Using SDSS DR5 Photometry”
Advisor:  Jim Gunn
Spring JP:  "Magnetized Shock-Cloud Interactions ”
Advisor:  Jim Stone


Seniors 2005-06

Emmett Carlson
Senior Thesis:  “Hybrid Universes Formed by Matching Schwarzschild Solutions to Incomplete Spherical Solutions”
Advisor:  Jeremy Goodman
Post Graduate:  Teaching Math/Physics

Mark Daniels
Senior Thesis:  “A Modular Diffraction Simulator for use in the Terrestrial Planet Finder Laboratory”
Advisor:  David Spergel (Astrophysical Sciences) and Ruslan Belikov (Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering)
Post Graduate:  Graduate School, MAE, Princeton University.

Maggie Kirkland
Senior Thesis:  “Estimating the Number of Habitable Planets in the Galaxy”
Advisor:  Neta Bahcall
Post Graduate:  Graduate School,Cornell University, Neurobiology and Behavior

Martin Niederste-Ostholt
Senior Thesis:  “Alignment of Brightest Cluster Galaxies with their Host Clusters”
Advisor:  Michael Strauss
Post Graduate:  Graduate School, Astrophysics, Cambridge University, Institute of Astronomy

James Wray
Senior Thesis:  “High-Dispersion Spectroscopy of Europa and Enceladus: Probing the Tenuous Atmospheres of Active Icy Moons”
Advisor:  Ed Turner
Post Graduate:  Graduate School, Astronomy,Planetary Science, Cornell University

Juniors 2005-06

Zach Berta
Fall JP:  “From Dragons and Toads to Dopplegrams: The Science of Helioseismology”
Advisor:  Aristotle Socrates
Spring JP:  “Work in Progress on the Detection of Galaxy Clusters”
Advisor:  David Spergel

William Ezra Dahab
Fall JP:  “A Method for Analyzing Bright Objects in Sloan Digital Sky Survey to Search or Bright Quasars”
Advisor:  Michael Strauss
Spring JP:  “Lifetime of Meteors in Planetary Systems, with Relation to Lithopanspermia”
Advisor:  Ed Turner

Greg Haislip
Fall JP:  “Disk Origin for S-Stars in Galactic Center?”
Advisor:  Andrew Youdin
Spring JP:  “Examining the Relationship between H Luminosity, [OIII] Luminosity, Spectral Line Width, and Other Relevant Spectral Line Strengths in AGN and Starburst Galaxies”
Advisor:  Michael Strauss

Kelly Halford
Fall JP:  “Carbon White Dwarfs of the SDSS DR4”
Advisor:  Gillian Knapp
Spring JP:  “Temperature Evolution in the Intergalactic Medium”
Advisor:  Renyue Cen

Lorne Hofstetter
Fall JP:  “Searching for White Dwarfs in the Galactic Halo”
Advisor:  Gillian Knapp
Spring JP:  “Characterizing the Environment of Low Redshift Luminous Red Galaxies”
Advisor:  Michael Strauss

Lear Janiv
Fall JP:  “Cluster CMB Polarization Signal as a Tracer of Dark Energy”
Advisor:  David Spergel
Spring JP:  “Density Dependant Metal Distribution as a Function of Redshift”
Advisor:  Neta Bahcall and Renyue Cen

Ariel Klainerman
Fall JP:  “The ACT Project: Extracting the Thermal Sunyaev-Zeldovich Effect from Simulated Sky Maps”
Advisor:  David Spergel
Spring JP:  “What is the Probability that a Highly Redshifted AGN with Narrow H is Type I"
Advisor:  Michael Strauss

Blake Martin
Fall JP:  “Intrinsically Interesting Objects of the SDSS”
Advisor:  Michael Strauss
Spring JP:  “Gaseous Halos Around Galaxies”
Advisor:  Renyue Cen

Corey Ritter
Fall JP:  “Exploring the Sloan Digital Sky Survey Trouble List Spectra – A Fishing Expedition”
Advisor:  Michael Strauss
Spring JP:  “Magnetic Shielding in the Atacama Cosmology Telescope”
Advisor:  Suzanne Staggs


Seniors 2004-05

Daniel Miller
Senior Thesis:   “The Proliferation of Nuclear Weapon Technology in Iran”
Advisor:   Hal Feiveson (WWS) and Neta Bahcall
Post Graduate:   State Department

Joseph Muñoz
Senior Thesis:   “Model Dependence of the Primordial Density Perturbation Spectrum on Small Scales”
Advisor:   Paul Steinhardt (Physics) and Neta Bahcall
Post Graduate:  Graduate School, Astrophysics, Harvard University

Rob Siverd
Senior Thesis:  “Small Telescope Earthshine Observation”
Advisor:  Ed Turner and David Spergel
Post Graduate:  Graduate School, Astronomy, Ohio State University

Nicolas Teh
Senior Thesis:  “An Analytical Approach to Singularity Theorems in GR”
Advisor:  Sergiu Klainerman (Math) and Jeremy Goodman
Post Graduate:  Graduate School, Philosophy, University of Pittsburgh

Juniors 2004-05

Emmett Carlson
Fall JP:   “A Search for Halo White Dwarf Candidates Using Proper Motion from SDSS”
Advisor:   Gillian Knapp
Spring JP:   “Paradoxes Involving Time Travel”
Advisor:   Hans Halvorson (Philosophy) and J. Richard Gott

Mark Daniels
Fall JP:   “A Method for Inferring Surface Data from Planets with Variable Cloud Cover”
Advisor:   Edwin L. Turner
Spring JP:   “Determining Properties of Hydrogen Clouds Using Quasars as Light Sources”
Advisor:   Ed Jenkins

Maggie Kirkland
Fall JP:   “Gravitational Microlensing in the Presence of a Planetary Disk”
Advisor:   Scott Tremaine
Spring JP:   “Detectability of Molecular Hydrogen with IRAC”
Advisor:   Bruce Draine

Martin Niederste-Ostholt
Fall JP:   “Gravitational Instability in Protoplanetary Disks”
Advisor:   Andrew Youdin
Spring JP:   “Searching for Stars that are Escaping the Galaxy”
Advisor:   Gillian Knapp

James Wray
Fall JP:   “A New Technique for Galaxy Photometric Redshifts in the Sloan Digital Sky Survey”
Advisor:   James E. Gunn
Spring JP:   “Simulation Studies of Supercluster Properties and Evolution”
Advisor:   Neta Bahcall


Seniors 2003-04

Philip F. Hopkins
Senior Thesis:   “Cluster Alignments and Ellipticities in LCDM Cosmology”
Advisor:   Neta A. Bahcall
Post Graduate:   Graduate School, Astrophysics, Harvard University

Madhuri Kaul
Senior Thesis:   “Emissivity of Stacked Corrugated Feed Horn”
Advisor:   Suzanne Staggs, Neta Bahcall
Post Graduate:   Graduate School, Astrophysics, University of Pennsylvania

Joshua Younger
Senior Thesis:  “Large-Scale Structure in LCDM Cosmology”
Advisor:  Neta A. Bahcall
Post Graduate:  Graduate Schooll, Astrophysics, Harvard

Juniors 2003-04

Daniel Miller
Fall JP:  “Circumstellar Disk Theory and its Applications”
Advisor:  Marc Kuchner
Spring JP:  “Absolute Magnitudes and Tangential Velocities of Brown Dwarfs”
Advisor:  Gillian Knapp

Joseph Muñoz
Fall JP:  “A Test for Residual Foregrounds in the Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe (WMAP) Data with the Temperature-Polarization Correlation”
Advisor:  David Spergel
Spring JP:  “Geometrical Effects of Anti-de Sitter Space on the Behavior of Force-Mediating Bosons”
Advisor:  Richard Gott

Rob Siverd
Fall JP:  “Classification of Distant Radio Objects”
Advisor:  Zeljko Ivezic
Spring JP:  “Identification of BL Lacertae Objects from SDSS Spectra”
Advisor:  Michael Strauss

Nicholas Teh
Fall JP:  “On Conformal Symmetry”
Advisor:  Igor Klebanov, Neta A. Bahcall
Spring JP:  “Applications of Operator K-Theory motivated by the Bell’s Inequality in Algebraic QFT”
Advisor:   Hans Halvorson, Neta Bahcall


Seniors 2002-03

Cullen Blake
Senior Thesis:  “A Search for Transiting Extrasolar Planets Around Nearby L Dwarfs” “Photometry with the Super-Wide-Field ASAS III Camera”
Advisor:  Bohdan Paczynski, David N. Spergel
Post Graduate:  Graduate School, Astrophysics, Harvard University

Joshua Schroeder
Senior Thesis:  “Carbon Stars in the Sloan Digital Sky Survey”
Advisor:  Gillian R. Knapp
Post Graduate:  Graduate School, Astrophysics, University of Colorado

Charles Steinhardt
Senior Thesis:  “Constraints on Field Theoretical Models for Variation of the Fine Structure Constant”’
Advisor:  David N. Spergel
Post Graduate:  Graduate School, Astrophysics, Harvard University/Current Position: Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen, Assistant Professor

Juniors 2002-03

Philip F. Hopkins
Fall JP:  “Selection of Metal-Poor Giant and RR Lyrae Stars from Sloan Digital Sky Survey Data”
Advisor:  Zeljko Ivezic
Spring JP:  “Examination of Reddened Quasars in Sloan Digital Sky Survey Data”
Advisor:  Michael A. Strauss

Madhuri Kaul
Fall JP:  “SDSS Proper Motion Survey”
Advisor:  Gillian R. Knapp
Spring JP:  “Comparison of the K+ Background in MiniBooNE as Generated by the GEANT and MARS Monte Carlo Simulations”
Advisor:   Andrew Bazarko (Physics), Neta A. Bahcall

Joshua D. Younger
Fall JP:  “Mie Scattering in Dusty Disks: Dependence on the Inclination”
Advisor:  Edwin L. Turner
Spring JP:  “A Search for Cool Population II M Subdwarfs in the Sloan Digital Sky Survey”
Advisor:  Gillian R. Knapp


Seniors 2001-02

Julia Comerford
Senior Thesis:  “Probability of Gravitational Lensing of High-Redshift Quasars”
Advisor:  Zoltan Haiman
Post Graduate:  Graduate Student, Astrophyics, University of California, Berkeley

Ernie Tretkoff (Physics)
Senior Thesis:   “Halo Clustering in Warm Dark Matter Models”
Advisor:   Neta A. Bahcall, Paul Bode
Post Graduate:   Graduate School, University of California, Santa Cruz (Science Writing)

Juniors 2001-02

Cullen Blake
Fall JP:  “The Princeton Variability Survey”
Advisor:   Bohdan Paczynski
Spring JP:  “Difference Image Analysis of EXPLORE I Data”
Advisor:  Gabriela Mallen-Ornelas

Joshua Schroeder
Fall JP:  “Spectal Features of Carbon Stars Found in SDSS”
Advisor:  Gillian R. Knapp
Spring JP:  “Milky Way Absorption Features in Ultraviolet Spectra of Quasars 3C273 and RX “Milky Way Absorption Features in Ultraviolet Spectra of Quasars 3C273 and RX"
Advisor:  Edward B. Jenkins

Charles L. Steinhardt
Fall JP:  “Search for Type Ia Supernovae at Large Redshifts with the Sloan Digital Sky Survey”
Advisor:  David N. Spergel
Spring JP:  “Variation of the Fine Structure Constant”
Advisor:  John N. Bahcall

Daniel Grin (Physics)
Fall JP:  “Finding Lyman Limit Systems in the Spectra of High Redshift SDSS QSOs”
Advisor:  Michael A. Strauss
Spring JP:
Advisor: 


Seniors 2000-01

Deborah L. Freedman
Senior Thesis:  “A Life Preserver for a Black Hole and Other Applications of “Q = M” Material”
Advisor:  J. Richard Gott, III
Post Graduate:  Graduate School, Astrophysics, Harvard University

Adam L. Gittes
Senior Thesis:  “Violence in the Night Sky: A New Measure for Variable Star Classification”
Advisor:  Neil deGrasse Tyson
Post Graduate:  Wall Street

Edwin J. Knerr
Senior Thesis:  “Estimating the Mass of the Milky Way Galaxy”
Advisor:  Gillian R. Knapp
Post Graduate:  Law School

Joseph J. MacAvoy
Senior Thesis:  “Reusable and Expendable Launch Vehicles and the High Cost of Access to Space”
Advisor:  Robert Stengel (Engineering), Jerry Grey (MAE), Neta A. Bahcall
Post Graduate:  Policy/Law School (William and Mary Law School)

Tind S. Ryen
Senior Thesis:  “E + A Galaxies in the Sloan Digital Sky Survey”
Advisor:  Michael A. Strauss
Post Graduate:  Science Policy Program

Brooke D. Simmons
Senior Thesis:  “An Atmosphere Detector for the Princeton I,Q,U Experiment”
Advisor:  Suzanne Staggs (Physics), James E. Gunn
Post Graduate:  Graduate School, Astrophysics, Yale University

Juniors 2000-01

Julia Comerford
Fall JP:  “Circular and Elliptical Orbit Estimations of a Fourth Planet Around Pulsar PSR-B1257+2”
Advisor:  Bradley Hansen
Spring JP:  “The Dependence of Mass-to-Light Ratio on Cluster Overdensity”
Advisor:  Neta A. Bahcall

Kimberly Palladino (Physics)
Fall JP:  “The Observed Mass-Temperature Relation in High Density Systems”
Advisor:  Neta A. Bahcall
Spring JP:
Advisor: 


Seniors 1999-2000

Richard S. De Simone
Senior Thesis:  “The Stellar Velocity Distribution in the Solar Neighborhood”
Advisor:  Scott D. Tremaine
Post Graduate:  Tower Research Capitals

Alex C. McDaniel
Senior Thesis:  “L and T Dwarfs in the Sloan Digital Sky Survey”
Advisor:   Gillian R. Knapp
Post Graduate:  Graduate School, Astrophysics, University of California, Santa Cruz

Joshua A. Pepper
Senior Thesis:  “A Search for Active Nuclei and an Investigation of Galactic Color Profiles in Sloan Digital Sky Survey Galaxy Images”
Advisor:  Michael A. Strauss
Post Graduate:  Graduate School, Astrophysics, Ohio State University

Alana L. Sette
Senior Thesis:  “The Cosmic Background Radiation: A Visual Introduction”
Advisor:  David N. Spergel
Post Graduate:  Science/Engineering Company

Kristian Finlator (Physics)
Senior Thesis:  “Modeling the Near-Infrared Colors of Stars and Quasars”
Advisor:   Michael A. Strauss
Post Graduate:

Juniors 1999-2000

Deborah L. Freedman
Fall JP:  “Determining Properties of Gamma-Ray Bursts”
Advisor:  Neta Bahcall, Eli Waxman
Spring JP:  “Constraining Ω and σ8: A Concordance of Observations”
Advisor:  Neta A. Bahcall

Adam L. Gittes
Fall JP:  “Non-Isotropic Kick Velocities of Neutron Stars in Binary Systems”
Advisor:  Bradley Hansen
Spring JP:  “Weighing the Universe With the Sunyaev Zel'dovich Effect”
Advisor:  Neta A. Bahcall

Edwin J. Knerr
Fall JP:  “Microlensing in a Binary System”
Advisor:   Bohdan Paczynski
Spring JP:  “Error Analysis of the Lightcurves for QSO's 0957+561 and 2237+305”
Advisor:  Edwin Turner

Joseph J. MacAvoy
Fall JP:  “The Relation Between Velocity Dispersion and X-Ray Temperature in a Sample of Abell Galaxy Clusters”
Advisor:  Michael J. Way
Spring JP:  “Spectral Types and Variability of Stars in the Hipparcos Catalogue”
Advisor:  Gillian R. Knapp

Tind S. Ryen
Fall JP:  “Survey of Ultraviolet Interstellar Absorption Spectra”
Advisor:  Edward B. Jenkins, Todd Tripp
Spring JP:  “Discussion of Atmospheric Modeling of Mars”
Advisor:  Tullis Onstott (Geosciences), Scott D. Tremaine

Brooke D. Simmons
Fall JP:  “Galactic Extinction Estimates For Comparison to the Schlegel-Finkbeiner-Davis Maps”
Advisor:  David N. Spergel
Spring JP:  “Galactic Extinction of Stars, Galaxies, and Quasars:  Searching for Gray Dust”
Advisor:  Michael A. Strauss

Chris McLeavey (Physics)
Fall JP:  “SZ Effect and MAP Physics”
Advisor:  David N. Spergel
Spring JP:
Advisor: