Price Prize Alumni



Carl Fields (MSU)

Carl Fields

Carl's research encompasses astrophysical sources of gravitational waves, stellar nucleosynthesis, and multi-dimensional simulations of core-collapse supernova explosions and their massive-star progenitors.  His work utilizes multi-physics simulation frameworks such as FLASH to produce multi-dimensional supernova progenitor models.  In 2020, he showed that one-dimensional models may be greatly underestimating O-shell convection speeds, a result that has crucial implications for multi-messenger signals of supernovae.


Chiara Salemi (MIT)

Chiara Salemi

Chiara’s research focuses on searches for low-mass axions, one of the best-motivated dark matter candidates.  She works on the ABRACADABRA and DM Radio experiments, which use a novel toroidal lumped element design to look for the coherent interactions of the field of dark matter axions around us.  As a part of a small team, she built and ran the prototype detector, ABRACADABRA-10 cm, which demonstrated the technique’s viability and set the best direct limits on axion-like particles with masses around a neV.



Carolyn Raithel (Arizona)
Shany Danieli (Yale)

Carolyn Raithel

Carolyn’s research focuses on the dense-matter equation of state and its effect on a variety of astrophysical observables, from neutron star radii to core-collapse supernovae and neutron star mergers. Her work combines both analytic derivations and numerical simulations. While working on the interpretation of GW170817, she discovered a new relationship that directly maps the tidal deformability of a merger to the neutron star radius.



Shany Danieli

Shany Danieli uses innovative methods and instrumentation to discover faint galaxies and study their dark matter content. She designed and leads the Dragonfly Wide Field Survey, a comprehensive survey of the low surface brightness Universe using the Dragonfly Telephoto Array. In 2019 she provided the strongest evidence yet for the existence of a class of galaxies that lack dark matter.



Kareem El-Badry (UC Berkeley)
Jose Manuel Zorrilla Matilla (Columbia)

Kareem El-Badry

Kareem's research focuses on how galaxies form and evolve, probing underlying processes of assembly and feedback through careful measurements of their stars and gas.

"Dwarf galaxies as laboratories for astrophysics and cosmology"


Jose Manuel Zorrilla Matilla (Columbia)

José's research is on weak lensing, which is how the images of distant galaxies are distorted by the gravitational fields of intervening galaxies, and how this helps to reveal the structure and evolution of the universe.




Charlotte Mason (UCLA)
Nicholas Rodd (MIT)

Charlotte Mason

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. 



Nicholas Rodd (MIT)

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)

Susan Clark (Columbia)

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.



Yuan-Sen Ting (Harvard)

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)

Eric Carlson

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. 



Adrian Price-Whelan (Columbia)

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.