Second Annual Texas Undergraduate Research Symposium
UT Astronomy made a strong showing at the 2nd annual Texas Astronomy
Undergraduate Research Symposium, hosted by Texas A&M University. Students enjoyed
the opportunity to discuss research among peers in the astronomical field.
Of the sixteen undergraduates presenting, seven were from UT Austin. Students from Rice, Baylor, and
Texas A&M also shared research. Dr. Julie M. Comerford, who hosted the inaugural Texas Undergraduate
Research Symposium in Austin last year, was also in attendance. Next year, the symposium will be
hosted by Baylor University.
This year's speakers from Austin:
Kepler Astroseismology: P & G Modes
James Diekmann III
The Morphology of Double-peaked Active Galactic Nuclei
Chemical Abundances of RRc Lyrae stars
Right Time, Right Place, Big Science: Time Series Photometry of
Accreting FU Orionis-type Protostars
Studying Modes of Pulsation in Delta Scuti Variable Stars
Analysis of pulsations of Delta Scuti stars measured by the Kepler
Improved Yttrium and Zirconium Abundances in Metal-Poor Stars
James Diekmann, III Wins Oracle Award for Excellence in Astronomy
James Diekmann, III
James Diekmann, III won the Oracle Award for Excellence in Astronomy Research for his poster at the Undergraduate Research Forum in April. James is a 2nd year astronomy major and has been conducting research with Julie Comerford on morphology of dual active galactic nuclei.
Caroline Caldwell Wins the Ralph Cutler Greene Award
13 June 2012
Caroline Caldwell has been selected as this year's recipient of the
Ralph Cutler Greene Award. This $2500 scholarship is awarded annually
to one of our most outstanding senior Astronomy students at the
University of Texas. Service to the department, University, and
community at large were considered in addition to quality research and
academic performance. Caroline is a
member of the Astronomy Students Association and served on the
Undergraduate Faculty Search Committee. After graduation, Caroline will attend graduate school in astronomy at
Liverpool John Moores University.
Astronomy Students Association (ASA ) Volunteers Donate Effort for Undergraduate Recruiting
ASA members donated an evening in April to contacting every single
potential undergradute student who had been accepted to UT and had
listed Astronomy as a first or second choice of major. Each of the
recruits received a personalized letter and a phone call from one
of our current students encouraging them to join our program and
offering assistance with any questions they might have about UT
The effort was fueled by pizza provided by the BoV, for which the
participants were very grateful.
Renata Violante Wins the Karl G. Henize Endowed Scholarship
13 June 2012
Astronomy senior Renata Violante is this year's winner of the Karl G.
Henize Endowed Scholarship. The Karl G. Henize Endowed Scholarship is
awarded annually to a junior or senior student who intends to pursue a
graduate degree in Astronomy. Renata intends to pursue a graduate
degree in Astronomy after she finishes her B.S. in Astronomy and Physics
here at UT Austin in December. Renata is also this year's recepient of the 2012 Board of Visitor
Undergraduate Scholarship, which is awarded annually to a junior or senior astronomy student for
excellent overall performance.
Alyx Stevens Wins Astronomy Outstanding Senior Award
13 June 2012
Alyx Stevens has been selected as this year's recipient of the Astronomy
Outstanding Senior Award. This award is given annually to a graduating
senior for outstanding overall performance (grades, research, service).
Per Dr. Shields, "What really distinguishes Alyx is her strong
contribution both in research and in service. Alyx began research on
quasars with my group in January of her first year. She is co-author
of a submitted ApJ paper on binary quasars
(http://arxiv.org/abs/1108.0383) that recently received a favorable
referee report and should be accepted in a few weeks.
Arina Rostopchina wins the Eva Stevenson Woods Endowed Presidential Scholarship
13 June 2012
Arina Rostopchina has won a 2012/2013 Eva Stevenson Woods Endowed
Presidential Scholarship through the Unrestricted Endowed Presidential
Scholarship competition. The UEPS program is considered one of the most
notable scholarship offers for UT students. The selection committee
carefully considers academic achievement, and it is expected that
nominated students demonstrate continuous participation in co-curricular
and extracurricular activities and evidence in leadership. In addition, Arina was selected by the Astronomy faculty for The
2012 Board of Visitor Undergraduate Scholarship this May.
Miller Wins $20K Grand Prize for Undergraduate Research from University Co-Op
13 June 2012
The George H. Mitchell Awards for Academic Excellence are awarded each year to students who have made an uncommon
contribution to their fields of study by way of research project, literary work, musical composition, humanitarian project or
similar undertaking. Awards range from $2,000 to a top prize of $20,000. Students with exemplary academic records are
nominated by UT faculty members and winners are chosen by a selection committee.