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Students I have worked with:

I have had the good fortune to work with many students over my career, both as a graduate student, a postdoctoral fellow, and as a faculty member. Many of them have gone on to successful careers in all sorts of fields. I would like to thank my graduate advisor, Robin Ciardullo, and my post-doctoral advisor, Chris Mihos, for giving me the opportunity to help supervise some of their students.

Current Students


student Amanda Lewis - Fall 2010 - present
Amanda is assisting in astronomy education research, studying the importance of metacognitive behavior and behavioral changes in undergraduate students.
Ashley Skalsky Ashley Skalsky - Fall 2006 - present
Ashley has presented research at Quest 2007, 2008 and 2009, and is studying extragalactic planetary nebulae in external galaxies.

Past Students


Rebecca Kutsko Rebecca Kutsko - Fall 2007 - Summer 2011
Rebecca is searching for asteroids in the BOKS survey, and has presented her research at Quest 2008 and 2009.
student Daniel Nemergut - Spring 2009 - Spring 2011
Daniel is calibrating [OIII] emission-line standard stars for an upcoming research project.
student Shane Downing - Summer 2009 - Spring 2011
Shane is searching for intracluster light in Hickson Compact Groups of galaxies.
student Frances Rivera - Fall 2008 - Spring 2011
Frances is an undergraduate student at the University of Wyoming, working with my colleague, Rajib Ganguly. Frances is calibrating [OIII] emission-line standard stars for an upcoming research project.
student Deidra Nuss - Fall 2008 - Fall 2010
Deidra assisted in astronomy education research, and studied the resistance of students to active learning techniques.
student Matthew Boser - Spring 2007 - Summer 2007
Matthew assisted in astronomy education research, looking at how student performance improved with time using interactive learning techniques. Matthew was also the first student assistant I had in my introductory astronomy class.
student Zachary Brown- Fall 2006 - Fall 2007
Zachary was involved in searching for extra-solar planets in the BOKS survey. He presented his research results at Quest 2007. Zachary has been elected to the position of Student Government Association president for Youngstown State University in 2009-2010 .
student Stuart Robbins- Fall 2003 - Spring 2004
Stuart was an undergraduate at Case Western Reserve University and he assisted in searching for planetary nebulae in the M81 system. Stuart is currently an astronomy graduate student in the Department of Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences at the University of Colorado, Boulder
student Cameron McBride- Summer 2002
Cameron was an undergraduate at Case Western Reserve University and I helped him with some intracluster star research. Cameron is currently a postdoctoral fellow at Vanderbilt University.
student Nathan Kaib- Spring 2002
Nathan was an honors undergraduate at Case Western Reserve University. when I worked with him on some intracluster star research. Nathan is currently an astronomy graduate student at the University of Washington.
student Kara Krelove - Summer 1999 - Spring 2000
Kara was a Penn State honors undergraduate when I worked with her. She did research with Robin Ciardullo and myself on intracluster planetary nebulae. Kara received a masters degree in Geosciences in 2005 at Arizona State University.
student Rachel Kuzio de Naray - Summer 1999 - Spring 2000
Rachel was a Penn State honors undergraduate when I worked with her. She did research with Robin Ciardullo and myself on extragalactic planetary nebulae in nearby galaxies. Rachel is currently a National Science Foundation Astronomy and Astrophysics Postdoctoral Fellow at UC Irvine.