The Department of Astronomy will be bidding farewell to six graduates from our Ph.D. program. While this farewell is bittersweet, we are excited for them to embark on new chapters around the world and wish them the best in their future endeavors.

Outgoing Astronomy Ph.D. Students

  • Juliette Becker: Currently Juliette is still doing research at U-M as a Leinweber Center for Theoretical Physics Fellow. At the end of the summer she will be getting married at the Michigan League before starting as a 51 Pegasi b Fellow at the California Institute of Technology this fall.
  • Jesse Golden-Marx: This summer Jesse is working on expanding on his research on the Stellar Mass - Halo Mass relation at U-M with Prof. Chris Miller. He has recently attended and presented his work at a Galaxy and Halo Assembly Bias Conference in Shanghai and will soon be attending and presenting at the Dark Energy Survey Collaboration Meeting at the University of Pennsylvania. In September, Jesse will be starting a postdoc position in Shanghai at Shanghai Jiao Tong University. His research there will focus on improving our understanding of the Galaxy - Dark Matter Halo Connection and Assembly Bias. 
  • Renee Ludlam: Renee is currently working as a temporary postdoc at U-M for the summer. However, in September, she will start at the California Institute of Technology as an NHFP/Einstein Fellow.
  • Erin May: Later this year, Erin will be starting a new job at the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, Maryland. Erin will be working as a postdoctoral researcher in the STARGATE group. She will be working on analyzing exoplanet data from the Hubble and Spitzer Space Telescopes.
  • Tom Rice: Tom will be defending his dissertation on June 27 and officially leaving Ann Arbor at the end of July to begin a Frontiers of Science Fellowship at Columbia University. This fellowship is a 50/50 teaching/research position that will combine a postdoctoral fellowship with some duties of a lecturer. Tom will be involved in Columbia’s large, first-year undergraduate Core Curriculum course in interdisciplinary science – teaching alongside neuroscientists, earth scientists, and biologists.
  • Bryan Terrazas: This summer, Bryan will be participating on a panel about LGBTQIA+ Astronomy at the Adler Planetarium during their Adler After Dark event in Chicago. He will also be giving talks at conferences in Spetses, Greece and Shanghai, China. Starting in September, he will start as a Harvard Future Faculty Leaders Fellow. This 3-year postdoctoral fellowship will be at the Institute for Theory and Computation (ITC) at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.

Congratulations to our outgoing Ph.D. students. We hope you’ll keep in touch!