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In this time of the COVID-19 pandemic, January 2020 can seem as distant as a faraway galaxy. For UNC-Chapel Hill doctoral student Derrick Carr, whose research focuses on galaxies, the month is a vivid memory: Carr traveled to the 235th meeting of the American Astronomical Society in January, where he received honorable mention in the prestigious Chambliss Astronomy Achievement Student Award poster presentation competition.

Nine out of the 125 graduate students who presented their research won the award or received honorable mention in the graduate-level competition. Since then, Carr has received the 2020 Schrager-York Foundation Summer Research Fellowship from The Graduate School at UNC-Chapel Hill and was named a 2020-21 NC Space Grant Graduate Research Fellow.

Carr’s research focuses on how galaxies known as blue nuggets form, generate stars and evolve into a later stage known as red nuggets.

Read the full article on the Graduate School website.

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