Past Graduate Fellows

Dorothy Ahlf


Dorothy is starting her fifth year in Neil Kelleher's lab.  She started at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for graduate school and has moved to Northwestern with the lab.  Her research is in the field of proteomics, where she works to understand the...

Peter Ashton


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


Bernard is a 4th year graduate student in the Materials Science department at Northwestern. He works to understand collective behavior in many-body systems, especially in biology and biomedical applications. Research projects include ...


Adam Dempsey


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


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


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

Madison Fitzpatrick


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


Colin Fitzpatrick 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


Sam Hadden 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


Tom Hayden 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


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.

Kristin Labby


I grew up in Wisconsin and I earned my BS in chemistry and biochemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2007. I am currently a fifth year graduate student in the Chemistry Department in the medicinal chemistry lab of Prof. Rick Silverman.

David Little


David Little 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


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


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

Meagan Morscher


I am from Milwaukee WI, and I earned my B.S. in Physics from the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee in 2006. I entered the graduate program in Physics and Astronomy at Northwestern University in the fall of 2007. My research is in astronomy; I am using computer simulations as a tool for studying the dynamics of star clusters...

Aaron Oppenheimer


Aaron Oppenheimer 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


Matthew Rickert is currently in his third year pursuing a PhD in Physics and Astronomy. He previously earned a BS in physics and math at Loyola University Chicago, and a MS in physics from DePaul University. While at DePaul he completed a thesis using radio telescopesd ...

Carl Rodriguez


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)

I am currently pursuing my PhD as a fourth year graduate student at Northwestern University in the Department of Physics and Astronomy. I am originally from California where I received my Bachelor's Degree in both Physics and Math at the University of California, Santa Barbara. I use...

Matt Schuchhardt


My name is Matt Schuchhardt, a graduate student at Northwestern University in Computer Engineering, with a focus on Computer Architecture. I grew up in Neenah, WI, and went to Valparaiso University for my undergraduate schooling, where I obtained my BS in Computer Engineering...

Joel Schwartz


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


My name is Daniel Sinkovits. I grew up in Crystal Lake, Illinois. I 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. I then went to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for graduate school.

Jovanaca Smith


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


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


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


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


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


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


Jia Wu 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


Thomas Wytock 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


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...