The U-M College of Literature, Science and the Arts has awarded the Ralph B. Baldwin Prize in Astronomy to Dr. Adam Smercina. This award, sponsored by the Baldwin family, is given annually to a student who has received a University of Michigan PhD during the previous year.

Dr. Smercina was selected for the Baldwin Prize as a result of his thesis entitled “The Satellites and Stellar Halos of Nearby Milky Way-Mass Galaxies.” This research focused on examining the faint and difficult to observe outskirts of galaxies, which provide new information on the properties of galaxy formation and evolution.

Dr. Smercina earned his PhD in Astronomy and Astrophysics from U-M in 2020 and is currently serving as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Washington. He will be invited back to Ann Arbor to present his work at a special award ceremony.

Congratulations Dr. Smercina!