The Department of Astronomy is excited to congratulate Francisco Holguin, a 4th-year Ph.D. student in Astronomy and Astrophysics, for being awarded with a Future Investigators in NASA Earth and Space Science and Technology (FINESST) Grant. This grant is designed to support graduate student-designed research projects that help to further the Science Mission Directorate’s science, technology, and exploration goals.

Francisco received this grant for his project proposal titled “Impact of Cosmic Rays on Observational Signatures of the Circumgalactic Medium.” This research aims to understand the complexities associated with making simulations of galaxies and how simulation results can be connected to observational results. Francisco’s goal in his project is to develop a simple model that produces spatially and temporally varying observational prediction from a simulation that accounts for the radiation produced by stars, in addition to the extragalactic background field.