Goni Halevi and Scott Carlsten, graduate students in the Department of Astrophysical Sciences, have been awarded Graduate Research Fellowships from the National Science Foundation (NSF). This highly competitive fellowship recognizes their outstanding dedication and research contributions in the field of astrophysics and will provide funding for three years of graduate studies for each recipient. Ms. Halevi’s research interests are in using simulations to understand the role of nuclear reactions in energetic astrophysical phenomena, such as the explosions of massive stars and the mergers of compact objects. Research pursuits of Mr. Carlsten include ‘near-field cosmology’ which attempts to study the formation and evolution of nearby galaxies and connect them to the cosmological context. He hopes to better understand dark matter, reionization, and/or the physical processes important in galaxy formation.
The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program is the oldest graduate fellowship of its kind promoting science, engineering, technology and mathematics diciplines in the United States. Fellowship recipients have the opportunity for international and professional development and they are viewed as future experts who will maintain the technological and scientific infrastructure of the country. Additional information about the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program can be read here