We offer opportunities for both observational and theoretical projects in galaxy evolution, stellar populations, stellar physics, cosmology, and galactic dynamics. Students have access to our wide-field Schmidt telescope at Kitt Peak, Arizona, early access to data from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey, and access to CWRU’s high speed computing cluster. Examples of possible projects for incoming graduate students can be found here.

Current Graduate Student Research

Pengfei Li is interested in “Dark Matter” or “Mass discrepancy” problem. He is exploring the Radial Acceleration Relation (RAR) for spiral galaxies and wants to use it to test various dark matter models and modified gravity theories. RAR can also potentially predict galaxies’ rotation curves and serve as a distance indicator. (Advisor: Stacy McGaugh)

Ray Garner is working on detecting extragalactic HII regions around M101. He is using these detections to search for star forming satellites in the M101 Group, as well as to understand the physical conditions in the star forming regions and ionized gas in the outer disk of M101. (Advisor: Chris Mihos)