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2017 CIERA REU Student Cohort

We had approximately 470 applications from across the country for the 7 spots in our 2017 CIERA REU program! Below you will find information about these very talented students who spent the 2017 summer with us.

Please click on each student's name to visit their research website, which they each developed during their REU to present their research projects.

2017 CIERA REU cohort. (Click picture for larger image)
Name Undergraduate
Major Year of
REU Advisor Project Title
Bustos José Flores Cal Poly Pomona Physics Junior Dr. Claudé-Andre Faucher-Giguère Time Scales of Different Star Formation Rate Indicators Using FIRE Galaxy Simulations
Chu Nakul Gangolli Rutgers University Astrophysics Junior Dr. André de Gouvea Finding Mass Constraints Through Third Neutrino Mass Eigenstate Decay
Cangi Keith Hermanek Illinois Institute of Technology Physics Sophomore Dr. Fred Rasio Blue Stragglers and their Relationship to Black Holes in Globular Clusters
Khan Natalia Obrzut Loyola University Chicago Physics, Biochemistry Junior Dr. Magdalena Osburn Cultivation of the Deep Subsurface Microbial Communities
Leonard Monica Rizzo Rochester Institute of Technology Physics Junior Drs. Chris Pankow and Vicky Kalogera Equation of State Effects on BHNS Merger Ejecta
Markwardt Jennifer Ruda Wheaton College Physics,
Junior Dr. Daniel Abrams Using Synchrony to Describe the Formation of Astrophysical Systems
Parks Candice Stauffer Portland State University Physics Junior Dr. Raffaella Margutti Deep limits on the X-ray and radio emission from the nearby Type Iax SN 2014dt

LSST Student Sites

Name Undergraduate
Major Year of
Advisor Project Title
Sanders Nick Easton Case Western Astrophysics Junior Drs. Adam Miller and Aaron Geller Preparing for LSST: Variable Star Classification
Setiawan Tanner Leighton Notre Dame Physics Sophomore Drs. Adam Miller and Aaron Geller LSST Variable Star Classification
Setiawan Ethan Marx Northwestern University Physics, Astronomy Sophomore Dr. Adam Miller Modeling Supernovae Light Curves
Setiawan Kristopher Mortensen Northwestern University Physics, Astronomy Freshman Drs. Adam Miller and Raffaella Margutti Designing the Kilonoca Discovery Metric for the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope
Setiawan Ava Polzin Northwestern University Physics, Astronomy, Planetary Science Junior Drs. Aaron Geller and Adam Miller Exploring an Improved Method for Determining LSST’s Eclipsing Binary Yield