Undergraduate student Anna Simpson was among five U-M students awarded the prestigious 2022 Goldwater Scholarship, a national award for undergraduate sophomores and juniors who intend to pursue research careers in STEM. Simpson is majoring in Physics, Astronomy and Astrophysics with a minor in math. As described in the Michigan Daily news story:
"Simpson has been working in Professor David Gerdes’s group pursuing research related to Trans-Neptunian objects, minor planets which orbit the Sun at a greater than average distance than Neptune, since 2019. In summer 2020, she participated in the WAVE Fellows program at Caltech where she studied Jupiter Trojans, large groups of asteroids that share Jupiter’s orbit around the sun. This project eventually became Simpson’s premier first-author paper. Last summer, she did an REU at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics working on a project related to confirming a system of transiting exoplanets.
Simpson is also on the executive boards of both the Society of Physics Students and Student Astronomical Society on campus. She plans to pursue a Ph.D. in astronomy and planetary science with a research focus on the Solar System or exoplanets. "
Original News Release: Michigan Daily by Ashna Mehra