Price Prize Alumni



Charlotte Mason (UCLA)
Nicholas Rodd (MIT)

Charlotte's research focuses on the evolution of galaxies at very high redshifts, including those formed just a few hundred million years after the Big Bang, and the relationship between cosmic reionization and and galaxy evolution in the early universe. 

Nick's research focuses on the structure and experimental signatures associated with beyond the standard model phenomena. His current focus is dark matter and a potential signal seen in the galactic center. 


Susan Clark (Columbia)
Yuan-Sen Ting (Harvard)

Clark's research focuses on magnetic fields and their interaction with the interstellar medium, including the development and use of a new polarized foreground mapping technique using neutral hydrogen data. Polarized foreground maps make it possible to search cosmic microwave background data for signatures of cosmic inflation.

Ting's research focuses on understanding the Milky Way galaxy through the technique of "chemical tagging,” which aims to unravel the fossil record of Galactic evolution encoded in the present-day chemical and kinematic properties of stars. As part of this effort, Ting is developing new tools for measuring the properties of stars from large spectroscopic surveys.


Eric Carlson (University of California, Santa Cruz)
Adrian Price-Whelan (Columbia)

Carlson works on the phenomenology and indirect detection of particle dark matter candidates, as well as improved modelling and characterization of astrophysical backgrounds in cosmic ray and gamma-ray studies. 

Price-Whelan's research interests are on tidal streams and Galactic dynamics.


Shea Garrison-Kimmel (University of California, Irvine)
Alessandro Sonnenfield (University of California, Santa Barbara)

Garrison-Kimmel is working on studies of dwarf galaxies near the Milky Way and Andromeda as probes the physics of the larger Universe, including the nature of dark matter, the small-scale physics of star formation, and the interplay between dark matter and baryons. 

Sonnenfeld is working on studies of massive elliptical galaxies, from how much dark matter they contain and how it is distributed to how the interplay of dark matter and ordinary matter leads to the observed properties of these galaxies, probed with direct observations and through the gravitational lensing of background galaxies.


Jessica Stockham (University of Kansas)
Liang Dai (Johns Hopkins University) 

Liang is a theorist; he is working on identifying signatures of the seeds of structure formed just after the Big Bang, when the universe was extremely young, dense, and hot. 

Stockham is an experimentalist; she is working on new techniques to detect ultra-high-energy neutrinos and cosmic rays and to determine the nature of their sources.


Charlotte Strege (Imperial College, London)
Chris Williams (University of Chicago)

Strege is a theorist; she is probing the unknown particle properties of dark matter through combining results from astrophysical, underground, and collider experiments. 

Williams is an experimentalist; he is working on new techniques to detect the highest-energy particles in the universe, seeking clues to their unknown origins.


Sayan Chakrabortif (Tata Institute)
Michele Fumagalli (Santa Cruz)

Chakraborti works on the mechanisms and consequences of supernovae and gamma-ray bursts. 

Fumagalli works on how galaxies and their stars form across cosmic time. An unusual aspect of their work is that each has worked on both theory and observation.


Jo Bovy (New York University)

As a current physics PH.D. student at NYU, Mr. Bovy is doing research at the Center for Cosmology and Particle Physics (CCPP). He received his Masters in Physics and Mathematics from Katholieke University Leuven, Belgium in 2005. His research focuses on the MIlky Way as well as topics related to the transparency of the Universe and non-gravitational interactions in the dark sector.


Charlie Conroy (Princeton University)

Mr. Conroy received his B.A. in Physics and Astrophysics from UC-Berkeley (2005) and is currently finishing his graduate degree at Princeton. His award recognizes his remarkable research accomplishments in the areas of galaxy formation, large scale structure, and, more recently, the use of the colors and spectra of galaxies as a tool to infer the properties of their stellar populations. He will be visiting CCAPP during May.