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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 alumi page.

AGSO Officers

President: Kathryn Steakley
Vice-President: Sten Hasselquist
Secretary: Gavin Mathes
Treasurer: Lauren Kahre
GSO Representative: Sam Schonfeld
Cumulative Exam Czar: Alexander Thelen
Website Manager: Jacob Vander Vliet
Meteorology Magister: Robert Edmonds
Tea Time Overlord: Lauren Kahre
Extragalactic Beer Leader: Carlos Vargas and Alexander Thelen
Liaison to Undergraduate Affairs: Alexander Thelen

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Kenza Arraki
Kenza Arraki
Simulating galactic evolution; QSOs

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, Rappaport, NSF GK-12 DISSECT Fellowship
Jodi Berdis
Jodi Berdis
Exoplanets, stars

Drew Chojnowski
Drew Chojnowski
APOGEE, stellar physics, Be stars

Emma Dahl
Emma Dahl

Ethan "Gains" Dederick
Ethan Dederick
Stellar formation and evolution

Caitlin Doughty
Caitlin Doughty
Symbiotic stars

Jeremy Emmett
Jeremey Emmett
Planetary physics; space flight

Laurel "Hummus Cups" Farris
Laurel Farris
Solar astronomy

Diane "D-Dawg" Feuillet
Diane Feuillet
APOGEE, red giant abundance analysis, globular clusters

Murrell Award
Candace "Meeeer" 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
Amber Hall

Sten Hasselquist
Sten Hasselquist
Stellar populations and kinematics

Vice President
organizes volunteers for outreach events

Michael "the Hayd" Hayden
Michael Hayden
The high redshift universe; galactic halos; exoplanet detection

Lauren Kahre
Lauren Kahre
Galaxy clusters

Tea Time
schedules the weekly food and beverages

handles group funding requests, organizes Spring cabin trip

Liz "Little Budgie" Klimek
Liz Klimek
Quasar absorption lines; active galaxy evolution; outreach

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

Sean "Shark Boy" 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 Mathes
Gavin Mathes
Observational astronomy, extragalctic astronomy

recharters the GSO, handles outreach bookkeeping

Nigel Mathes
Nigel Mathes
Galaxy kinematics and IGM using quasar absorption lines

Space Grant
Laura Mayorga
Laura Mayorga
Extrasolar planets

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, HED

Jean "x3" McKeever
Jean McKeever
Asteroseismology; red giants

Meredith Rawls
Meredith Rawls
Eclipsing binaries; stellar evolution; asteroseismology

Space Grant
Sam "Creampuff" Schonfeld
Sam Schonfeld
Solar astronomy, stellar astronomy

GSO Representative
attends GSC meetings

Space Grant
Kathryn Steakley
Kathryn Steakley
Planetary Science

liaison between astronomy grad students and faculty

Alexander "Doppler Ball" Thelen
Alexander Thelen
Exoplanets, astrobiology

Extra Galactic Beer (EGB)
organizes fun activities that might or might not involve beer
Cume Czar
maintains book of cume solutions, arranges solution sessions

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

Kyle "Upstairs" Uckert
Kyle Uckert
Ice giant atmospheres, astrobiology, instrumentation

NASA Space Technology Research Fellowship, Murrell Award
Jacob "JCB" 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 "Ninja Cat" 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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