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Allison Matthews

Olive B. and Franklin C. Mac Krell Jefferson Fellow
Class: 2020
Hometown: Gorham, Maine
Degrees:
B.S. Lafayette College (2015)
School:
Graduate School of Arts & Sciences
Department:
Astronomy

Allison Matthews is a graduate student in the Department of Astronomy at the University of Virginia. Her research focuses on the evolution of star formation through the cosmic history of the universe. She uses the Very Large Array (VLA) in New Mexico to take some of the most sensitive images of small patches of the sky in radio wavelengths. With this data, she is able to detect many hundreds of galaxies where massive stars are ejecting relativistic particles during their demise (i.e. supernovae). These data allow her to trace out the large-scale density and prolificacy of forming stars from 10 billion years ago through the present day. When she’s not writing computer programs or traveling to telescopes, Allison loves teaching astronomy to elementary-aged children through the volunteer organization Dark Skies, Bright Kids. Allison received her B.S in physics from Lafayette College in 2015.

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