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Seniors:

2013-2014

Frederick Addy

Senior Thesis:              "AGN Fueling: Alignments Between Circumnuclear Structures and Radio Jets?"

Advisor:                        Jenny Greene

Post Graduate:             Clean Energy Consulting

 

Benjamin A. Cook

Senior Thesis:              "The Distribution of Dark Matter and Baryons in the Universe"

Advisor:                         Neta Bahcall

 
Post Graduate:             Harvard - Graduate School, Astronomy

 

Tomer Yavetz

Senior Thesis:             "Testing for Non-Gaussianity"          

Advisor:                        David Spergel


Post Graduate:             McKinsy Consulting Company

 

Michael (Zhaoxi) Zhang

Senior Thesis:              "High-precision multi-color DSLR photometry"

Advisor:                        Gaspar Bakos

Post Graduate:             Microsoft



Juniors

2013-2014

 

Ivo Crnkovic-Rubsamen

Fall JP:                         “ Investigating Possible Sources of Planet Formation:   An Analysis of

                                       Proto-Planetary Vortices in Accretion Disks”

Advisor:                          James Stone

Spring JP:                     “ Modeling Type Ia Supernovae in anticipation of INTEGRAL”

Advisor:                         Adam Burrows


Dayton Martindale

Fall JP:                         “ Magnification Due to Microlensing by a Lone Star”

Advisor:                        Jeremy Goodman

Spring JP:                    “The Charm of Small Telescopes,” or, Begging for Planets, HAT in Hand”

Advisor:                        Gaspar Bakos, Michael Lemonic


Elizabeth Paul

Fall JP:                         “Quantifying Orientation Effects on Detection of Dust Obscured Galaxies”

Advisor:                        Renyue Cen

Spring JP:                   “Host Galaxies of Quasars in the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope Legacy Survey”

Advisor:                       Michael Strauss


Alexandra Pleus

Fall JP:                         “ Analysis of Exoplanet Properties by Detection Method”

Advisor:                         Adam Burrows

Spring JP:                    “ IDENTIFICATION OF TYPE II QUASARS FROM SDSS-III
                                       BOSS SPECTRA”

Advisor:                         Michael Strauss


Morgan Presley

Fall JP:                         “ Implications of the Initial-Final Mass Relation for Low-Mass Stars on

                                        Prescriptions for RGB/AGB Mass Loss”

Advisor:                           Dave Speigel, IAS


Spring JP:                     “ The Effects of the Eddington Factor on Turbulence in Radiation   Hydrodynamic
                                        Simulations of a Galactic Disk”

Advisor:                           Eve Ostriker


Seniors:

2012-2013

Lehman Garrison

Senior Thesis:             “Galactic Warps”

Advisors:                    David Spergel, Naoki Yoshida (Univ. of Tokyo)

Post Graduate:           Harvard - Graduate School, Astronomy

Allison Hume

Senior Thesis:             “Optimizing High-Energy Astrophysical Simulations”

Advisor:                      Anatoly Spitkovsky

Post Graduate:         

Daniel Minkin

Senior Thesis:             “Spectroscopy of the Outer Parts of Galaxies”

Advisor:                      Michael Strauss

Post Graduate: 

Carolina Nunez

Senior Thesis:             “Luminous Red Galaxies and Clusters at z~0.7”

Advisor:                      David Spergel 

  Post Graduate: 

Prachi Parihar

Senior Thesis:             "The Topology of Large Scale Structure"

Advisor:                      Richard Gott

Post Graduate:           Caltech - Graduate School, Astronomy

Joel Zinn

Senior Thesis:             "Searching for a Magnification Signal with SDSS Galaxies and WISE AGN"

Advisor:                      David Spergel

Post Graduate: 


Juniors

2012-2013

 Frederick Addy

Fall JP:                       “ A Behavioral Analysis of American Market Responses to the Greek Credit Crisis”

Advisor:                       Michael Kraus (Bendheim Center for Finance), Neta Bahcall

Spring JP:                   “The Refractive Properties of Venus's Atmosphere”         

Advisor:                       Adam Burrows

 

Benjamin A. Cook

Fall JP:                         “ Photometric analysis of asteroid 7 (Iris) and other minor planets with
                                      the HATNet survey”  

Advisor:                        Gaspar Bakos

Spring JP:                    "Quantitative inspection of quasars and their spectroscopic properties using the
                                      SDSS Baryon Oscillation Spectroscopic Survey"

Advisor:                        Michael Strauss

 

Tomer Yavetz

Fall JP:                         “ Modeling Submillimeter Galaxies”    

Advisor:                         Neelima Sehgal (Stony Brook Univ.), David Spergel

Spring JP:                     "The Importance of Earth's Oblateness for Low-Earth Satellite Orbits."

Advisor:                         Scott Tremaine (IAS)

 

Michael (Zhaoxi) Zhang

Fall JP:                         “ Tidal Dissipation and Stellar Spin-up in Hot Jupiter Systems”      

Advisor:                          Kaloyan Penev, Astro postdoc          

Spring JP:                     “Current sheets and magnetic reconnection in MHD accretion disk simulations”

Advisor:                          James Stone

 

 

 


Seniors:

2011-2012


Rachael Alexandroff

Senior Thesis:                   "Discovery of High Redshift Obscured Quasars in SDSS-III BOSS and Further   Near-Infrared Spectroscopic Investigation"

Advisor:  Michael Strauss

Post Graduate:  Johns Hopkins University Graduate School, Astronomy

 

Matt DiDonato

Senior Thesis: "Astronomy Asa Vehicle for High School Science Education"

Advisor:  Neta Bahcall

Post Graduate:  NASA Endeavor Fellowship: Columbia University, Teaching
                    College Graduate School, STEM
                    Physics/Astrophysics Education/Teaching at Haddonfield
                    Memorial High School, NJ
                      
Juan Farfan

Senior Thesis:  "Supernovae Gamma-Ray Line & Hard X-Ray Continuum Emissions"

Advisor:  Adam Burrows

Post Graduate:  Private Industry


Margaret Shaw

Senior Thesis: "A Novel Thrust Measurement Method For Plasma Rockets with Magnetic Nozzles Using B-field Measurements"

Advisor:  Jeremy Goodman and Edgar Choueiri (MAE)

Post Graduate:  MIT Graduate School, Astronomy

 

Mary (Shangjun) Zhang

Senior Thesis:  "Baryons, Mass, and Light in the Universe"

Advisor:  Neta Bahcall

Post Graduate: Harvard University Graduate School, Astronomy

 


Juniors:

2011-2012

Lehman Garrison

Fall JP:  "Scaling the Memory Wall: Filtering in TRISTAN-MP"

Advisor:  Anatoly Spitkovsky

Spring JP:  "An Online Adaptive Algorithm for High-Resolution Mapping with an Autonomous Underwater Vehicle"

Advisor:  Chris Clark (COS)

 

Allison Hume

Fall JP:  "Cluster Mass versus Richness Relation"

Advisor:  Neta Bahcall

Spring JP:

Advisor:  Anatoly Spitkovsky


Daniel Minkin

Fall JP:    “A Review of the Literature Concerning NGC 6791 and a Need for New Calibrations Concerning He-Flash Avoidance in White Dwarfs”

Advisor:   James Gunn

Spring JP:    "An Analysis of He-Flash Avoidance in White Dwarfs"

Advisor:  James Gunn

 

Carolina Nunez

Fall JP:  "Simulations of the X-Ray Sky"

Advisor:  David Spergel

Spring JP:

Advisor:  Michael Strauss

 

Prachi Parihar

Fall JP:  "Observation of the 21 cm line"

Advisor:  Daniel Marlow (PHY)

Spring JP:

Advisor:  Michael Strauss

 

Joel Zinn

Fall JP:  "Gravitational Lenses in the Baryon Oscillation Spectroscopic Survey Luminous Red Galaxy Sample"

Advisor:  Michael Strauss

Spring JP:

Advisor:   Richard Gott


Seniors:

2010-2011

 
Jared Crooks

Senior Thesis:              "Funding the Future: A Study of the Astronomy & Astrophysics Decadal Survey and the Budgetary Process"

Advisor:                         David Spergel

Post Graduate:  Princeton University, Woodrow Wilson School of Public &
                      International Affairs, MPA, Science Policy



Michael Gordon

Senior Thesis:              "In Search of Asymmetry in ACT-detected SZ Clusters"

Advisor:                         Lyman Page

 Post Graduate:  Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, Research  

 

Nicholas Hand

Senior Thesis:             "Detection of the Thermal and Kinematic Sunyaev-Zel'dovich Effects in Halos Associated with Luminous Red Galaxies"

Advisor:                         David Spergel

 Post Graduate:  Berkeley Fellowship, UC Berkeley Graduate School, Astronomy


Michael Medeiros           

Senior Thesis:              "Supermassive Black Holes and their Hosts: Quasars and Galaxies"

Advisor:                         Neta Bahcall


Post Graduate:  First Manhattan Consulting Group - NYC, Consultant


Andrew Peck

Senior Thesis:             "On the Injection of Particles into Fermi Acceleration in Collisionless Shocks"

Advisor:                         Anatoly Spitkovsky

 Post Graduate:          Private Sector Position


Zachary Slepian

Senior Thesis:              "Slow Roll Dark Energy"

Advisor:                         Richard Gott

 Post Graduate:          Harvard University Graduate School, Astronomy


Aaron Smargon

Senior Thesis:             "A Hanbury Brown-Twiss-Inspired Analysis of Coronagraphic Images"

Advisor:                         Jason Fleischer (EE), Jeremy Kasdin (MAE), Neta Bahcall

 Post Graduate:           Start-Up Co.


Sarah Wellons

Senior Thesis:             "Simulations of External Shocks in Gamma-Ray Bursts"

Advisor:                         Anatoly Spitkovsky

 Post Graduate:           NSF Fellowship Harvard University Graduate School, Astronomy


 

Juniors:

2010-2011

 


Rachael Alexandroff

Fall JP:                      “Comparing the True Masses of Two Exoplanets Based on a                                                                             Radial Velocity Measurement of Their M sin(i) Values”

Advisor:                     Ed Turner

Spring JP:                “A Search for High Redshift Type II Quasars from the SDSS BOSS Survey"                  

Advisor:                     Michael Strauss

         

Matt DiDonato

Fall JP:                        “Examining the Colors of SDSS Quasar Host Galaxies”        

Advisor:                       Michael Strauss

Spring JP:                   “Supermassive Black Holes in Quasars”

Advisor:                       Neta Bahcall

Daniel Minkin

Fall JP:                        “A Review of the Literature Concerning NGC 6791 and a Need for New Calibrations                                Concerning He-Flash Avoidance in White Dwarfs”

Advisor:                      Jim Gunn

Spring JP:                  “Analysis of   NGC 6791 and a Need for New Calibrations Concerning He-Flash                                          Avoidance in White Dwarfs”

Advisor:                      Jim Gunn

Margaret Shaw

Fall JP:                        “The Effect of a Minimum Detectable Velocity Amplitude on the Msin(i)     

                                      Distribution of Exoplanets in RV Surveys”

Advisor:                       Ed Turner

Spring JP:                   “Modeling Telluric H2 0 Absorption: Prospects for Precise RV Measurements of
                                       Low-mass Stars”

Advisor:                       Cullen Blake

Mary (Shangjun) Zhang

Fall JP:                        “Dust Extinction of Galaxies as a Function of Inclination”

Advisor:                       Michael Strauss

Spring JP:                   "Magnetic Activity in Dwarf M Stars with White Dwarf Companions"

Advisor:                       Gillian Knapp

 

2009-2010

Courtney Dressing

Senior Thesis:    "New Frontiers in Exoplanet Detection:  High Contrast Imaging With Subaru"

Advisor:                Edwin Turner and Michael McElwain  

Post Graduate:      Harvard Graduate School, Astronomy

Rebecca Harper

Senior Thesis:        "Statistical Comparison of Binary Stars and Planetary Systems"

Advisor:                J. Richard Gott

Post Graduate:          Int'l. Economic Development

Ted Price

Senior Thesis:         "Examining SDSS Extended Quasars at High Redshift and Unresolved Quasars at Low Redshift"

Advisor:                  Michael Strauss

Post Graduate:           U of Southern CA, MBA

Bilhuda Rasheed

Senior Thesis:            "Where Are the Missing Baryons in Clusters? "

Advisor:                  Neta Bahcall

Post Graduate:            Energy and Environmental Project in Pakistan

Kathryn Silverio

Senior Thesis:         "Characterizing the Emission From Interstellar Dust at Microwave" Frequencies

Advisor:                  David Spergel and Aurelien Fraisse

Post Graduate:          UC Berkeley Graduate School, Astronomy

 
Hassen Yesuf

Senior Thesis:           "Dynamical Mass Estimates of the Sloan Great Wall"

Advisor:                    J. Richard Gott

Post Graduate:          UCSC Graduate School, Astronomy

2008 - 2009

Seniors

Name: Jessica Kloss
Senior Thesis: “Intrinsic Galaxy Alignments”
Advisor: David Spergel
Post Graduate: Graduate School in Science Journalism, Boston University
Name: Ragnhild Lunnan
Senior Thesis: “Topology of Luminous Red Galaxies”
Advisor: Richard Gott
Post Graduate: Graduate School, Astrophysics, Harvard University

Juniors

Name: Courtney Dressing
Fall JP: “Activity of M Dwarfs in White Dwarf – M Dwarf Binary Systems"
Advisor: Jill Knapp
Spring JP: “Habitable Planets: The Effects of Eccentricity”
Advisor: Dave Spiegel
 
Name: Rebecca Harper
Fall JP: “Conceptions of Center and Light Metaphysics in Robert Grosseteste’s De Luce”
Advisor: Vance Smith (ENG) and Neta Bahcall (AST)
Spring JP: “Fragmentation of ‘Killer’ Asteroid”
Advisor: Christopher Chyba
 
Name: Michael Medeiros
Fall JP: “Designing and Building a Custom Fourier Transform Spectrometer”
Advisor: Suzanne Staggs (PHY)
Spring JP: “Optimizing Athena: Implementing Super Time Stepping for Numerical Integration”
Advisor: James Stone
 
Name: Ted Price
Fall JP: “Accretion Discs with Power-Law Viscosities”
Advisor: Roman Rafikov
Spring JP: “Financial Market Volatilities”
Advisors: Neta Bahcall (Astro) and Ronnie Sircar (ORFE)
 
Name: Bilhuda Rasheed
Fall JP: “Giant Planets as Loaded Polytropes”
Advisor: Roman Rafikov
Spring JP: “Radioactive Dating Methods”
Advisor: Adam Burrows
 
Name: Kathryn Silverio
Fall JP: “Can TiO Explain Thermal Inversions in the Upper Atmospheres of Irradiated Giant Planets?”
Advisor: Adam Burrows
Spring JP: “Sub-Structure in Clusters of Galaxies Using SDSS”
Advisor: Michael Strauss
 
Name: Hassen Yesuf
Fall JP: “High-Redshift Narrow Line Seyfert Galaxies 1 from SDSS”
Advisor: Michael Strauss
Spring JP: “Measuring Baryon Acoustic Oscillations Using Clusters of Galaxies”
Advisor: Neta Bahcall

2007-2008

Seniors

Name: Zoe Buck
Senior Thesis: “Cross-correlation of Galaxies and Quasars in SDSS Stripe 82”
Advisor: Michael Strauss
Post Graduate: Science Journalism for a year, then graduate school
Name: Katherine Miller
Senior Thesis: “Quantifying the Bullet Cluster: Pairwise Velocity Distributions in N-Body Cosmological Simulations”
Advisor: Neta Bahcall
Post Graduate Science Education and Outreach
Name: Penny Pelton
Senior Thesis: “Identifying Galaxy-QSO Superpositions in the SDSS”
Advisor: Michael Strauss
Post Graduate: Analyst for Princeton Consultants
Name: Valery Rashkov
Senior Thesis: “Variability in Sloan’s Equatorial Stripe: A Search for Optically Violent Variable Objects”
Advisor: David Spergel and Michael Strauss
Post Graduate: Graduate School, Astrophysics, UC, Santa Cruz
Name: Gregory Snyder
Senior Thesis: “White Dwarf Companions: Colors in SDSS and 2MASS”
Advisor: Jill Knapp
Post Graduate: Graduate School, Astrophysics, Harvard Astronomy PHD program

Juniors

Name: Jessica Kloss
Fall JP: “Galaxies and Their Nearest Neighbors”
Advisor: Michael Strauss
Spring JP: “Classifying Galaxies in the Sloan Digital Sky Survey”
Advisor: Robert Lupton
Name: Ragnhild Lunnan  
Fall JP: “Spectroscopic Properties of Radio Galaxies in the SDSS”
Advisor: Michael Strauss
Spring JP: “Computer Self-Gravity Using a Multigrid Method”
Advisor: James Stone

2006-2007

Seniors

Name: Zach Berta 
Senior Thesis:  "The Rosy Matched Filter: An Automated Red-Sequence Cluster Finder"
Advisor:  David Spergel
Post Graduate:  Graduate School, Astrophysics, Harvard University
Name: William Dahab 
Senior Thesis:  "Super-Massive Black Holes in Quasars "
Advisor:  Neta Bahcall
Post Graduate:  Wall Street Analyst  
Name: Greg Haislip 
Senior Thesis:  “Maximum BCG:  Finding Clusters in COSMOS"
Advisor:  Neta Bahcall and Dave Johnson, Caltech
Post Graduate:  Naval Officers Program, Intelligence and Cryptology
Name: Kelly Halford 
Senior Thesis:  "Aim For The Moon, At Least If You Miss, You Will End Up Among The Stars: Determining The Pointing Of The Atacama Cosmology Telescope"
Advisor:  David Spergel
Post Graduate:  Graduate School, Astrophysics, UCLA
Name: Lorne Hofstetter
Senior Thesis: “Portrait of the Sloan Great Wall” 
Advisor:  Richard Gott
Post Graduate: General Electric’s Global Research Center; and graduate school in engineering 
Name: Lear Janiv
Senior Thesis:  “The Local Galactic Escape Velocity:  The Mass of the Milky Way”
Advisor:  Jill Knapp
Post Graduate:   Goldman Sachs, Credit Derivates Trader
Name: Ariel Klainerman
Senior Thesis: “A Conformal Journey to the Center of the Earth:  Extending the Map of the Universe Down to the Quark” 
Advisor:  Richard Gott
Post Graduate:  Finances/Consulting Sector ; Air Force
Name: Blake Martin 
Senior Thesis:  “The Scale Dependence of The Baryon Mass Fraction”
Advisor:  Neta Bahcall
Post Graduate:  Medical School
Name: Corey Ritter
Senior Thesis:  “Coupling the QUIET Receiver to the ACT Telescope:  A Simple Two-Lens Solution”
Advisor:  Suzanne Staggs
Post Graduate:  Military, Army

Juniors

Name:  Zoe Buck 
Fall JP:  “Identifying Pre-Main-Sequence-Stars Using SDSS Spectroscopy”
Advisor:  Jill Knapp
Spring JP:  "Accurately Determining Galaxy Cluster Parameters using a Matched Filter Method"
Advisor:  David Spergel
Name: Katherine Miller
Fall JP: “Why Are They Pointing at Us? Are BL-Lac Objects Messages from Aliens at the Edge of the Universe?" 
Advisor:  Michael Strauss
Spring JP:  "Oh Be a Fine Girl, Kiss Me Like That "
Advisor:  Jill Knapp
Name: Penny Pelton
Fall JP: "Selecting Radio Galaxies in the SDSS"
Advisor: Michael Strauss
Spring JP: "Developing Photometric Search Methods to Identify T Tauri Candidates in the Taurus Cloud"
Advisor: Jill Knapp
Name: Valery Rashkov
Fall JP: “The Search for Faint Galaxies in the SDSS Sky Fibers ”
Advisor: Michael Strauss
Spring JP: “Photometric Redshift Determinations”
Advisor: Neta Bahcall  and Ofer Lahav, UCL
Name: Gregory Snyder
Fall JP: “Looking for Luminous Red Galaxies Using SDSS DR5 Photometry”
Advisor: Jim Gunn
Spring JP: "Magnetized Shock-Cloud Interactions ”
Advisor: Jim Stone

2005-2006

Seniors

Name: Emmett Carlson
Senior Thesis: “Hybrid Universes Formed by Matching Schwarzschild Solutions to Incomplete Spherical Solutions”
Advisor: Jeremy Goodman
Post Graduate: Teaching Math/Physics
Name: Mark Daniels
Senior Thesis: “A Modular Diffraction Simulator for use in the Terrestrial Planet Finder Laboratory”
Advisor: David Spergel  (Astrophysical Sciences) and Ruslan Belikov (Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering)
Post Graduate: Graduate School, MAE, Princeton University.
Name: Maggie Kirkland   
Senior Thesis: “Estimating the Number of Habitable Planets in the Galaxy”
Advisor: Neta Bahcall
Post Graduate: Graduate School,Cornell University, Neurobiology and Behavior
Name: Martin Niederste-Ostholt
Senior Thesis: “Alignment of Brightest Cluster Galaxies with their Host Clusters”
Advisor: Michael Strauss
Post Graduate: Graduate School, Astrophysics, Cambridge University, Institute of Astronomy
Name: James Wray
Senior Thesis: “High-Dispersion Spectroscopy of Europa and Enceladus: Probing the Tenuous Atmospheres of Active Icy Moons”
Advisor: Ed Turner 
Post Graduate: Graduate School, Astronomy,Planetary Science, Cornell University

Juniors

Name: Zach Berta
Fall JP: “From Dragons and Toads to Dopplegrams:  The Science of Helioseismology”
Advisor: Aristotle Socrates
Spring JP: “Work in Progress on the Detection of Galaxy Clusters”
Advisor: David Spergel
Name: William Ezra Dahab
Fall JP: “A Method for Analyzing Bright Objects in Sloan Digital Sky Survey to Search or Bright Quasars”
Advisor: Michael Strauss
Spring JP: “Lifetime of Meteors in Planetary Systems, with Relation to Lithopanspermia”
Advisor: Ed Turner
Name: Greg Haislip
Fall JP: “Disk Origin for S-Stars in Galactic Center?”
Advisor: Andrew Youdin
Spring JP: “Examining the Relationship between H Luminosity, [OIII] Luminosity, Spectral Line Width, and Other Relevant Spectral Line Strengths in AGN and Starburst Galaxies”
Advisor: Michael Strauss
Name: Kelly Halford
Fall JP: “Carbon White Dwarfs of the SDSS DR4”
Advisor: Gillian Knapp
Spring JP: “Temperature Evolution in the Intergalactic Medium”
Advisor: Renyue Cen
Name: Lorne Hofstetter
Fall JP: “Searching for White Dwarfs in the Galactic Halo”
Advisor: Gillian Knapp
Spring JP: “Characterizing the Environment of Low Redshift Luminous Red Galaxies”
Advisor: Michael Strauss
Name: Lear Janiv
Fall JP: “Cluster CMB Polarization Signal as a Tracer of Dark Energy”
Advisor: David Spergel   
Spring JP: “Density Dependant Metal Distribution as a Function of Redshift”
Advisor: Neta Bahcall and Renyue Cen
Name: Ariel Klainerman
Fall JP: “The ACT Project:  Extracting the Thermal Sunyaev-Zeldovich Effect from Simulated Sky Maps”
Advisor: David Spergel
Spring JP: “What is the Probability that a Highly Redshifted AGN with Narrow H is Type  I"
Advisor: Michael Strauss
Name: Blake Martin
Fall JP: “Intrinsically Interesting Objects of the SDSS”
Advisor: Michael Strauss
Spring JP: “Gaseous Halos Around Galaxies”
Advisor: Renyue Cen
Name: Corey Ritter
Fall JP: “Exploring the Sloan Digital Sky Survey Trouble List Spectra – A Fishing Expedition”
Advisor: Michael Strauss
Spring JP: “Magnetic Shielding in the Atacama Cosmology Telescope”
Advisor: Suzanne Staggs

2004-2005

Seniors

Name: Daniel Miller
Senior Thesis:  “The Proliferation of Nuclear Weapon Technology in Iran”
Advisor:  Hal Feiveson (WWS) and Neta Bahcall
Post Graduate:  State Department   
Name: Joseph Muñoz
Senior Thesis:  “Model Dependence of the Primordial Density Perturbation Spectrum on Small Scales”
Advisor:  Paul Steinhardt (Physics) and Neta Bahcall
Post Graduate: Graduate School, Astrophysics, Harvard University
Name: Rob Siverd
Senior Thesis:  “Small Telescope Earthshine Observation”
Advisor:  Ed Turner and David Spergel   
Post Graduate:  Graduate School, Astronomy, Ohio State University
Name: Nicolas Teh
Senior Thesis:  “An Analytical Approach to Singularity Theorems in GR”
Advisor:  Sergiu Klainerman (Math) and Jeremy Goodman
Post Graduate:  Graduate School, Philosophy, University of Pittsburgh

Juniors

Name: Emmett Carlson
Fall JP:  “A Search for Halo White Dwarf Candidates Using Proper Motion from SDSS”   
Advisor:  Gillian Knapp
Spring JP:  “Paradoxes Involving Time Travel”
Advisor:  Hans Halvorson (Philosophy) and J. Richard Gott
Name: Mark Daniels
Fall JP:  “A Method for Inferring Surface Data from Planets with Variable Cloud Cover”   
Advisor:  Edwin L. Turner
Spring JP:  “Determining Properties of Hydrogen Clouds Using Quasars as Light Sources”
Advisor:  Ed Jenkins
Name: Maggie Kirkland
Fall JP:  “Gravitational Microlensing in the Presence of a Planetary Disk”
Advisor:  Scott Tremaine   
Spring JP:  “Detectability of Molecular Hydrogen with IRAC”
Advisor:  Bruce Draine   
Name: Martin Niederste-Ostholt
Fall JP:  “Gravitational Instability in Protoplanetary Disks”
Advisor:  Andrew Youdin
Spring JP:  “Searching for Stars that are Escaping the Galaxy”
Advisor:  Gillian Knapp
Name: James Wray
Fall JP:  “A New Technique for Galaxy Photometric Redshifts in the Sloan Digital Sky Survey”
Advisor:  James E. Gunn
Spring JP:  “Simulation Studies of Supercluster Properties and Evolution”
Advisor:  Neta Bahcall

2003-2004

Seniors

Name: Philip F. Hopkins
Senior Thesis:  “Cluster Alignments and Ellipticities in LCDM Cosmology”
Advisor:  Neta A. Bahcall
Post Graduate:  Graduate School, Astrophysics, Harvard University
Name: Madhuri Kaul
Senior Thesis:  “Emissivity of Stacked Corrugated Feed Horn”
Advisor:  Suzanne Staggs, Neta Bahcall
Post Graduate:  Graduate School, Astrophysics, University of Pennsylvania
Name: Joshua Younger
Senior Thesis:  “Large-Scale Structure in LCDM Cosmology”
Advisor:  Neta A. Bahcall
Post Graduate:  Graduate Schooll, Astrophysics, Harvard

Juniors

Name: Daniel Miller
Fall JP:  “Circumstellar Disk Theory and its Applications”
Advisor:  Marc Kuchner
Spring JP:  “Absolute Magnitudes and Tangential Velocities of Brown Dwarfs”
Advisor:  Gillian Knapp
Name: Joseph Muñoz
Fall JP:  “A Test for Residual Foregrounds in the Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe (WMAP) Data with the Temperature-Polarization Correlation”
Advisor:  David Spergel
Spring JP: “Geometrical Effects of Anti-de Sitter Space on the Behavior of Force-Mediating Bosons”
Advisor:  Richard Gott
Name: Rob Siverd
Fall JP:  “Classification of Distant Radio Objects”
Advisor:  Zeljko Ivezic
Spring JP:  “Identification of BL Lacertae Objects from SDSS Spectra”
Advisor:  Michael Strauss
Name: Nicholas Teh
Fall JP:  “On Conformal Symmetry”
Advisor:  Igor Klebanov, Neta A. Bahcall
Spring JP:  “Applications of Operator K-Theory motivated by the Bell’s Inequality in Algebraic QFT”
Advisor:  Hans Halvorson, Neta Bahcall

2002-2003

Seniors

Name: Cullen Blake
Senior Thesis:  “A Search for Transiting Extrasolar Planets Around Nearby L Dwarfs” “Photometry with the Super-Wide-Field ASAS III Camera”
Advisor:  Bohdan Paczynski, David N. Spergel
Post Graduate:  Graduate School, Astrophysics, Harvard University
Name: Joshua Schroeder
Senior Thesis:  “Carbon Stars in the Sloan Digital Sky Survey”
Advisor:  Gillian R. Knapp   
Post Graduate:  Graduate School, Astrophysics, University of Colorado
Name: Charles Steinhardt
Senior Thesis:  “Constraints on Field Theoretical Models for Variation of the Fine Structure Constant”’
Advisor:  David N. Spergel
Post Graduate:  Graduate School, Astrophysics, Harvard University

Juniors

Name: Philip F. Hopkins
Fall JP:  “Selection of Metal-Poor Giant and RR Lyrae Stars from Sloan Digital Sky Survey Data”
Advisor:  Zeljko Ivezic
Spring JP:  “Examination of Reddened Quasars in Sloan Digital Sky Survey Data”
Advisor:  Michael A. Strauss
Name: Madhuri Kaul
Fall JP:  “SDSS Proper Motion Survey”
Advisor:  Gillian R. Knapp
Spring JP:  “Comparison of the K+ Background in MiniBooNE as Generated by the GEANT and
MARS Monte Carlo Simulations”
Advisor:  Andrew Bazarko (Physics), Neta A. Bahcall
Name: Joshua D. Younger
Fall JP:  “Mie Scattering in Dusty Disks: Dependence on the Inclination”
Advisor:  Edwin L. Turner
Spring JP:  “A Search for Cool Population II M Subdwarfs in the Sloan Digital Sky Survey”
Advisor:  Gillian R. Knapp

2001-2002

Seniors

Name: Julia Comerford
Senior Thesis:  “Probability of Gravitational Lensing of High-Redshift Quasars”
Advisor:  Zoltan Haiman   
Post Graduate:  Graduate Student, Astrophyics, University of California, Berkeley
Name: Ernie Tretkoff  (Physics)   
Senior Thesis:  “Halo Clustering in Warm Dark Matter Models”
Advisor:  Neta A. Bahcall, Paul Bode
Post Graduate:  Graduate School, University of California, Santa Cruz (Science Writing)

Juniors

Name: Cullen Blake
Fall JP:  “The Princeton Variability Survey”
Advisor:   Bohdan Paczynski
Spring JP:  “Difference Image Analysis of EXPLORE I Data”
Advisor:  Gabriela Mallen-Ornelas
Name: Joshua Schroeder
Fall JP: “Spectal Features of Carbon Stars Found in SDSS”
Advisor:  Gillian R. Knapp
Spring JP:  “Milky Way Absorption Features in Ultraviolet Spectra of Quasars 3C273 and RX “Milky Way Absorption Features in Ultraviolet Spectra of Quasars 3C273 and RX"
Advisor:  Edward B. Jenkins
Name: Charles L. Steinhardt
Fall JP:  “Search for Type Ia Supernovae at Large Redshifts with the Sloan Digital Sky Survey”
Advisor:  David N. Spergel
Spring JP:  “Variation of the Fine Structure Constant”
Advisor:  John N. Bahcall
Name: Daniel Grin (Physics)
Fall JP: “Finding Lyman Limit Systems in the Spectra of High Redshift SDSS QSOs”
Advisor:  Michael A. Strauss
Spring JP:  
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2000-2001

Seniors

Name: Deborah L. Freedman
Senior Thesis:   “A Life Preserver for a Black Hole and Other Applications of “Q = M” Material”
Advisor:  J. Richard Gott, III
Post Graduate:  Graduate School, Astrophysics, Harvard University
Name: Deborah L. Freedman
Senior Thesis:  “Violence in the Night Sky:  A New Measure for Variable Star Classification”
Advisor:  Neil deGrasse Tyson
Post Graduate:  Wall Street
Name: Edwin J. Knerr
Senior Thesis:  “Estimating the Mass of the Milky Way Galaxy”
Advisor:  Gillian R. Knapp
Post Graduate:  Law School
Name: Joseph J. MacAvoy
Senior Thesis:  “Reusable and Expendable Launch Vehicles and the High Cost of Access to Space”
Advisor:   Robert Stengel (Engineering), Jerry Grey (MAE), Neta A. Bahcall
Post Graduate:  Policy/Law School (William and Mary Law School)
Name: Tind S. Ryen
Senior Thesis:  “E + A Galaxies in the Sloan Digital Sky Survey”
Advisor:  Michael A. Strauss
Post Graduate:  Science Policy Program
Name: Brooke D. Simmons
Senior Thesis:  “An Atmosphere Detector for the Princeton I,Q,U Experiment”
Advisor:  Suzanne Staggs (Physics), James E. Gunn
Post Graduate:  Graduate School, Astrophysics, Yale University

Juniors

Name: Julia Comerford
Fall JP:  “Circular and Elliptical Orbit Estimations of a Fourth Planet Around Pulsar PSR-B1257+2”
Advisor:  Bradley Hansen
Spring JP:  “The Dependence of Mass-to-Light Ratio on Cluster Overdensity”
Advisor:  Neta A. Bahcall
Name: Kimberly Palladino     (Physics)
Fall JP:  “The Observed Mass-Temperature Relation in High Density Systems”
Advisor:  Neta A. Bahcall
Spring JP:  
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1999-2000

Seniors

Name: Richard S. De Simone
Senior Thesis: “The Stellar Velocity Distribution in the Solar Neighborhood”
Advisor:  Scott D. Tremaine
Post Graduate:  Tower Research Capitals
Name: Alex C. McDaniel
Senior Thesis:  “L and T Dwarfs in the Sloan Digital Sky Survey”
Advisor:   Gillian R. Knapp
Post Graduate:  Graduate School, Astrophysics, University of California, Santa Cruz
Name: Joshua A. Pepper
Senior Thesis:  “A Search for Active Nuclei and an Investigation of Galactic Color Profiles in Sloan Digital Sky Survey Galaxy Images”
Advisor:  Michael A. Strauss
Post Graduate:  Graduate School, Astrophysics, Ohio State University
Name: Alana L. Sette
Senior Thesis:  “The Cosmic Background Radiation:  A Visual Introduction”
Advisor:  David N. Spergel
Post Graduate:  Science/Engineering Company
Name: Kristian Finlator     (Physics)
Senior Thesis:  “Modeling the Near-Infrared Colors of Stars and Quasars”
Advisor:   Michael A. Strauss
Post Graduate:  

Juniors

Name: Deborah L. Freedman
Fall JP:  “Determining Properties of Gamma-Ray Bursts”
Advisor:  Neta Bahcall, Eli Waxman
Spring JP:  “Constraining Ω and σ8:  A Concordance of Observations”
Advisor:  Neta A. Bahcall
Name: Adam L. Gittes
Fall JP:  “Non-Isotropic Kick Velocities of Neutron Stars in Binary Systems”
Advisor:  Bradley Hansen
Spring JP:  “Weighing the Universe With the Sunyaev Zel'dovich Effect”
Advisor:  Neta A. Bahcall
Name: Edwin J. Knerr
Fall JP:  “Microlensing in a Binary System”
Advisor:   Bohdan Paczynski
Spring JP:  “Error Analysis of the Lightcurves for QSO's 0957+561 and 2237+305”
Advisor:  Edwin Turner
Name: Joseph J. MacAvoy
Fall JP:  “The Relation Between Velocity Dispersion and X-Ray Temperature in a Sample of Abell Galaxy Clusters”
Advisor:  Michael J. Way
Spring JP: “Spectral Types and Variability of Stars in the Hipparcos Catalogue”
Advisor:  Gillian R. Knapp
Name: Tind S. Ryen
Fall JP:  “Survey of Ultraviolet Interstellar Absorption Spectra”
Advisor:  Edward B. Jenkins, Todd Tripp
Spring JP:  “Discussion of Atmospheric Modeling of Mars”
Advisor:  Tullis Onstott (Geosciences), Scott D. Tremaine
Name: Brooke D. Simmons
Fall JP:  “Galactic Extinction Estimates For Comparison to the Schlegel-Finkbeiner-Davis Maps”
Advisor:  David N. Spergel
Spring JP:  “Galactic Extinction of Stars, Galaxies, and Quasars:  Searching for Gray Dust”
Advisor:  Michael A. Strauss
Name: Chris McLeavey     (Physics)
Fall JP:  “SZ Effect and MAP Physics”
Advisor:  David N. Spergel
Spring JP:  
Advisor: