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Yaqi Hou wins Dissertation Completion Fellowship

April 14, 2021

Physics and Astronomy’s own Yaqi Hou has won a Dissertation Completion Fellowship. This fellowship supports doctoral students in the final year of the dissertation by enabling them to focus full time on research and writing. Compressibility as a function of … Continued

Alumnus Toloza wins prestigious Soros Fellowship

April 14, 2021

We are excited to share that one of our former Physics majors (2017) Enrique Toloza, has won the P.D. Soros Fellowship for New Americans Award. This award is for immigrants and the children of immigrants based on merit with an … Continued

NSF GRFP Award Winners

April 5, 2021

NSF just announced their Graduate Research Fellowship Program award winners and we are pleased to announce Taylor Stevenson and Joseph Moscoso have both received fellowship awards. This five year fellowship includes three years of financial support as well as a … Continued

TESS Discovers New Worlds in a River of Young Stars

February 12, 2021

  Using observations from NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS), a team of astronomers has discovered a trio of hot worlds larger than Earth orbiting a much younger version of our Sun. Called TOI 451, the system resides in the … Continued

The Invisible Chase

January 15, 2021

Just over 100 years ago, physicists stumbled upon an elementary particle that could answer questions about the origin of the universe. Elusive and almost nonexistent, neutrinos may be the solution to understanding everything from the Big Bang to the inner … Continued

NASA’s 2021 ExoExplorers

January 6, 2021

Astronomy Graduate Student Amy Glazier has been selected for the inaugural cohort of NASA’s Exoplanet Explorers program. One of ten early-career scientists selected nationally for the program, Amy will join the NASA ExoExplorers team, present her research to the exoplanet … Continued

Can white dwarfs help solve the cosmological lithium problem?

January 6, 2021

UNC Chapel Hill explores new method for measuring galactic evolution of lithium.   In a new Report led by UNC graduate student Ben Kaiser and published in the journal Science, astrophysicists and astronomers from UNC, the University of Montreal, and Los Alamos National Lab … Continued

December Student Spotlight: Morgan Clark

December 1, 2020

Morgan Clark, a fourth year doctoral student in neutrino physics, explains the impact and importance of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) work in the Physics and Astronomy Department. Earlier this year, Clark was selected as the first DEI Scholar. She … Continued

The Cosmological Lithium Problem

September 14, 2020

The Cosmological Lithium Problem The standard model of the Big Bang rests on three observational pillars. The first is the cosmic microwave background radiation. The second is the cosmic expansion as measured by the light from distant supernovae. The third … Continued