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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: Sean Markert
Vice-President: Jean McKeever
Secretary: Diane Feuillet
Treasurer: Gordon MacDonald
GSO Representative: Nick Ule
Cumulative Exam Czar: Carlos Vargas
Website Manager: Jacob Vander Vliet
Astro Coffee Kaiser: Michael Hayden
Meteorology Magister: Robert Edmonds
Co-op Coordinator: Meredith Rawls
Tea Time Overlord: Laura Mayorga
Extragalactic Beer Leader: Carlos Vargas
Liaison to Undergraduate Affairs: Kyle Uckert

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Kenza Arraki
Kenza Arraki
Simulating galactic evolution; QSOs

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, Rappaport, NSF GK-12 DISSECT Fellowship
Kyle "Downstairs" Degrave
Kyle "Downstairs" Degrave
Extragalactic astronomy; solar astronomy

New Mexico Space Grant
Robert "Stormchaser" Edmonds

Atmosphere modeling; storm chasing

Meteorology Magister
predicts the weather for star parties and campus observatory

NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship (NESSF), New Mexico Space Grant
Diane "D-Dawg" Feuillet
Diane Feuillet
APOGEE, red giant abundance analysis, globular clusters

recharters the GSO, handles outreach bookkeeping

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)
Sten Hasselquist
Sten Hasselquist
Stellar populations and kinematics

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

Astro Coffee Kaiser
organizes journal club

Lauren Kahre
Lauren Kahre
Galaxy clusters

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

handles group funding requests, organizes Spring cabin trip

Sean "Shark Boy" Markert
Sean Markert
Simulated dwarf galaxies; Large scale structure

liaison between astronomy grad students and faculty

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

Space Grant
Laura Mayorga
Laura Mayorga
Extrasolar planets

Tea Time
schedules the weekly food and beverages

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, HED

Jean McKeever
Jean McKeever
Asteroseismology; red giants

Vice President
organizes volunteers for outreach events

Nikki Nielsen
Nikki Nielsen
Quasar absorption lines; MgII CGM; Galaxy evolution

New Mexico Space Grant, Graduate Research Enhancement Grant, Zia Award
Meredith Rawls
Meredith Rawls
Eclipsing binaries; stellar evolution; asteroseismology

maintains kitchen munchie cabinet
Space Grant
Teresa "T-Bone" Ross
Teresa Ross
Dwarf galaxies: metallicity and chemical evolution

Graduate Assistant Award, Pegasus Award
Sam "Creampuff" Schonfeld
Sam Schonfeld
Solar astronomy, stellar astronomy

Space Grant
Kathryn Steakley
Kathryn Steakley
Planetary Science

Greg Taylor
Greg Taylor
Adaptive optics to study solar prominances; telescope instrumentation

Graduate Research Enhancement Award
Alexander Thelen
Alexander Thelen
Exoplanets, astrobiology

Sebastian "Seabass" Trujillo
Sebastian Trujillo
Cosmology; galaxy formation and evolution

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

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

NASA Space Technology Research Fellowship
Nick "The Axe" Ule
Nick Ule
Variable stars; star spots; extrasolar planets

GSO Representative
attends GSC meetings

Space Grant
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
Cume Czar
maintains book of cume solutions, arranges solution sessions

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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