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Welcome to the NMSU Astronomy Graduate Student Organization website! The AGSO was created to interface the astronomy graduate students with the more general student organizations (ASNMSU, GSC) and the astronomy department. In this website we've compiled advice and information for incoming and current graduate students. Below you will find information on our current grad students. Curious about previous students? Check out the astronomy department alumni page.

AGSO Officers

President: Kathryn Steakley
Vice-President: Sten Hasselquist
Secretary: Gavin Mathes
Treasurer: Lauren Kahre
GSO Representative: Jean McKeever
Cumulative Exam Czar: Laurel Farris
Website Manager: Jacob Vander Vliet
Tea Time Overlord: Ethan Dederick
Extragalactic Beer Leader: Amber Hall
Liaison to Undergraduate Affairs: Alexander Thelen and Jeremy Emmett

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Kenza "Your Galaxy Better Be As Jacked As Mine" Arraki
Kenza Arraki
Simulating galactic evolution; QSOs

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, Rappaport, NSF GK-12 Fellowship, Blue Waters Graduate Fellowship
Jodi "Barbell Beast" Berdis
Jodi Berdis
Exoplanets, stars

Drew "Marble Chiseled" Chojnowski
Drew Chojnowski
APOGEE, stellar physics, Be stars

Emma "Eiffel Power" Dahl
Emma Dahl

Ethan "Protein God" Dederick
Ethan Dederick
Stellar formation and evolution

Tea Time
schedules the weekly food and beverages

Caitlin "Doubt Not These Gains" Doughty
Caitlin Doughty
Symbiotic stars

Jeremy "Pump Dragon" Emmett
Jeremey Emmett
Planetary physics; space flight

Liaison to Undergraduate Affairs
helps organize events with the undergraduate astronomy club

Laurel "Swolesaurus Rex" Farris
Laurel Farris
Solar astronomy

Cume Czar
maintains book of cume solutions, arranges solution sessions

"Dominator" Diane Feuillet
Diane Feuillet
APOGEE, red giant abundance analysis, globular clusters

Murrell Award
Candace "50 Shades of Gains" Gray
Candace Gray
Planetary atmospheres; formation and evolution of gas giants and satellites; comet composition

Pegasus Award, NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship (NESSF)
Amber Hall"-n Heavy Weight"
Amber Hall

Extra Galactic Beer (EGB)
organizes fun activities that might or might not involve beer
Sten Hasselquist, "The Future Dr. Titan"
Sten Hasselquist
Stellar populations and kinematics

Vice President
organizes volunteers for outreach events

"Muscle Bound Mongo" Michael Hayden
Michael Hayden
The high redshift universe; galactic halos; exoplanet detection

Lauren "The Jackhoused Juggernaut" Kahre
Lauren Kahre
Galaxy clusters

handles group funding requests, organizes Spring cabin trip

Liz "Torque Thunder" Klimek
Liz Klimek
Quasar absorption lines; active galaxy evolution; outreach

New Mexico Space Grant, Rappaport Award
Gordon "Mac Attack" MacDonald
Gordon MacDonald
Solar flares, space weather

"Shredded Like Wheat" Sean Markert
Sean Markert
Simulated dwarf galaxies; Large scale structure

Supreme Treasurer for Life
ultimate authority on Treasuring, oversees all actions taken by the Treasurer

Pegasus Award, NSF GK-12 DISSECT Fellowship
Gavin "Gorilla Juicehead" Mathes
Gavin Mathes
Observational astronomy, extragalctic astronomy

recharters the GSO, handles outreach bookkeeping

Nigel "Meat Mountain" Mathes
Nigel Mathes
Galaxy kinematics and IGM using quasar absorption lines

Space Grant
"Muscle Lord" Laura Mayorga
Laura Mayorga
Extrasolar planets

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, HED

Jean "The Beast Machine" McKeever
Jean McKeever
Asteroseismology; red giants

GSO Representative
attends GSC meetings

Meredith "Ripped & Rock Swole" Rawls
Meredith Rawls
Eclipsing binaries; stellar evolution; asteroseismology

Space Grant
Sam "Stacked Swolenasty" Schonfeld
Sam Schonfeld
Solar astronomy, stellar astronomy

Space Grant
Kathryn "The Steak" Steakley
Kathryn Steakley
Planetary Science

liaison between astronomy grad students and faculty

ASTAR Fellowship
Alexander "Mr. Twisted Steel" Thelen
Alexander Thelen
Planetary & Satellite Atmospheres; Spacecraft Design

Liaison to Undergraduate Affairs
helps organize events with the undergraduate astronomy club

ASTAR Fellow ship
Kyle Uckert
Kyle Uckert
Astrobiology, instrumentation, ice giant atmospheres

NASA Space Technology Research Fellowship, Murrell Award
Jacob "Diesel Van" Vander Vliet
Jacob Vander Vliet
Simulated circumgalactic medium; Galaxy evolution

Web Admin
webmaster for AGSO site

Space Grant
Carlos Vargas
Carlos Vargas
Cosmology, galaxy evolution

Extra Galactic Beer (EGB)
organizes fun activities that might or might not involve beer

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship
Cat "Conductor Of the Swole Train" Wu
Cat Wu
Multi-slit spectroscopy of edge-on galaxies; vertical rotation
gradients of halo gas from H-alpha observations

HED, New Mexico Space Grant, Pegasus Award

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