Past Graduate Fellows

Dorothy Ahlf Wheatcraft

(2011-2012)

Dorothy left Northwestern University for a postdoc at Notre Dame, joint between two different PIs. Her RftS fellowship greatly assisted her ability to work with multiple disciplines and communicate with not only scientists, but everyone she works with. Following her postdoc experience...

Peter Ashton

(2013-2015)

Peter is a third year PhD student in Physics and Astronomy. His current work aims to determine the dynamical importance of magnetic fields in star-forming regions by observing the polarized emission from magnetically-aligned dust grains ...

Bernard Beckerman

(2013-2015)

Bernie was a Reach for the Stars fellow from 2013–2015, during which he taught chemistry at Niles North High School with John Kretsos and Evanston Township High School with Terry Gatchell. Bernie completed his PhD in the Computational Soft Matter Laboratory...

 

Adam Dempsey

(2014-2015)

Adam is a third year PhD student in Physics & Astronomy. His research is in computational astrophysics where he uses Northwestern’s Quest computing cluster to study the properties of convection as well as planet-disk interactions. He is originally...

 

Cody Dirks

(2014-2015)


Cody is a third year PhD student in Physics & Astronomy. His research involves characterizing the interstellar medium in various regions of the Milky Way Galaxy by analyzing how it varies in both space and time ....

Ben Farr

(2010-2011)

Ben is originally from Holland Patent, a small town in central New York. he completed my Bachelor's Degree in Physics at the Rochester Institute of Technology, and is currently working towards his PhD in Physics and Astronomy at Northwestern University. His research has so...

Madison Fitzpatrick

(2013-2014)

Madison is a third-year doctoral student in the Transportation Systems Analysis and Planning program at NU, where she also received her undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering. Her research is focused on statistical modeling ....

 

Colin Fitzpatrick

(2014-2015)

Colin is a third year PhD student in Technology and Social Behavior, a joint PhD program in computer science and communication studies at NU. His research interests lie in the relationship of social interaction, location, and time ....

 

Sam Hadden

(2013-2015)

Sam is a 3rd year PhD student in Physics and Astronomy at Northwestern. His research is focused on characterizing extrasolar planets as well as studying how planetary systems form and evolve over time ...

Tom Hayden

(2010-2011)

Tom is a theoretical computer scientist at Northwestern University. He grew up in Troy, Michigan a suburb of Detroit. He has a Bachelors in Telecommunications, Information Studies and Media from Michigan State University and a Masters of Science in Information from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan...

Daniel Honbo

(2010-2011)

Daniel received a BS in Computer Engineering, with a minor in Economics, from Northwestern University. His current research focuses on the evaluation and specification of novel computer architectures for high performance computing...

Jason Hwang

(2016-2017)

Jason is a third year graduate student studying computational astrophysics under Dr. Frederic Rasio. He graduated from The Pennsylvania State University with a bachelors degree in astronomy & astrophysics, physics, and mathematics...

Kristin Labby

(2011-2012)

Kristin participated in Reach for the Stars from 2011-2012 during the 5th year of her graduate studies in Prof. Rick Silverman’s lab in the Chemistry Department. Kristin grew up near Milwaukee, WI...

David Little

(2011-2013)

David is a 6th year Ph. D. student in computer science and received his B.A. in computer and cognitive science from Vassar College. He's interested in the ways that computer models can help us better understand human perception and learning...

 

Jessica Lodewyk

(2012-2013)

Jessica is a third-year graduate student in the Earth and Planetary Science department who focuses on seismology, the study of earthquakes and wave propagation through the earth. Her current research involves high-performance simulations of seismic waves through the interior of the earth and determining...

 

Scott Mayle

(2011-2013)

Scott is originally from Naperville, Illinois in the west suburbs of Chicago. He went to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign recieving a bachelors degree in physics with minors in both math and chemistry. He is currently in my fourth year of a PhD program in physics at Northwestern University...

Meagan Morscher

(2010-2014)

Meagan is from from Milwaukee WI, and she earned her B.S. in Physics from the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee in 2006. She entered the graduate program in Physics and Astronomy at Northwestern University in the fall of 2007. Her research is in astronomy; she uses computer simulations as a tool for studying the dynamics of...

Aaron Oppenheimer

(2013-2014)

Aaron is starting his third year pursuing a PhD in the department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at Northwestern. Inspired to 'build better humans,' his research draws heavily upon the burgeoning field of systems biology with a strong focus on the well-founded ...

 

Matthew Rickert

(2013-2014)

Matthew Rickert participated in Reach for the Stars in 2013-2014. His research involved the use radio telescopes, observing the center of our Milky Way Galaxy in an effort to better distinguish...

Carl Rodriguez

(2013-2014)

Carl Rodriguez is a 4th year graduate student in Physics and Astronomy, studying the dynamics of black holes. Originally from Louisiana, Carl received his BA in Physics from Reed College...

 

Marc Royster

(2012-13 and 2014-15)

Marc is currently pursuing my PhD as a fourth year graduate student at Northwestern University in the Department of Physics and Astronomy. He is originally from California where he received his Bachelor's Degree in both Physics and Math at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He uses...

Matt Schuchhardt

(2010-2012)

Matt is a graduate student at Northwestern University in Computer Engineering, with a focus on Computer Architecture. He grew up in Neenah, WI, and went to Valparaiso University for his undergraduate schooling, where he obtained his BS in Computer Engineering...

Joel Schwartz

(2013-2015)

Joel is a 3rd year PhD candidate in Physics & Astronomy at Northwestern. A native of Chicago, he earned his BA in Mathematics from Northeastern Illinois University. He has a broad range of scientific interests, and began ...

 

Daniel Sinkovits

(2010-2012)

Daniel grew up in Crystal Lake, Illinois. He became interested in science from a young age and eventually went to Washington University in St. Louis to major in Physics and Mathematics with a minor in Linguistics. He then went to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for...

Jovanaca Smith

(2013-2014)

Jovanca is a 3rd year Ph.D. student in civil engineering with a focus in structures. Her research is based on fracture mechanics of concrete and involves both laboratory experimentation and numerical modeling ...

Niharika Sravan

(2015-2016)

Niharika is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, Northwestern University. She works on modeling the evolution of binary star systems to investigate...

Ramón Torres

(2012-2013)

Ramón is a third-year doctoral student in the field of Transportation Systems Analysis and Planning. His current research focuses on fundraising for nonprofit organizations...

Joseph Warfel

(2011-2013)


Joseph is a graduate student in industrial engineering at Northwestern University.  He received a BA from Wabash College in mathematics and Spanish and taught high school math for three years in Texas.  His research focuses on food bank logistics...

Jeremy Watt

(2013-2014)

Jeremy is a third year PhD candidate in Electrical Engineering studying machine learing and conducts research in the exciting intersection of applied mathematics and big data multimedia applications. He keeps a blog about his work ...

Emily Wolin

(2011-2012)

Emily grew up in Arvada, Colorado and has been carrying rocks in her pockets as long as she could remember. She graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a bachelor's degree in geology and geophysics.  She is entering her third year of graduate school ...

Jia Wu

(2013-2014)

Jia is starting her second year as a PhD student in life sciences. She did her undergraduate at the University of California, San Diego where she received a bachelors degree in Bioengineering...

Thomas Wytock

(2014-2015)

Thomas is entering his sixth year Ph D student in Physics and Astronomy. His dissertation project studies the control of cell state by manipulating gene expression. Broadly, he studies complex systems....

Alia Zander

(2013-2014)

Alia is currently pursuing her PhD as a third year graduate student at Northwestern University in the Driskill Graduate Program in Life Sciences. She is originally from Michigan where she received a Bachelor's degree in Biomedical Engineering...