Alumni (Fellow)

Allison Matthews

Olive B. and Franklin C. Mac Krell Jefferson Fellow
Gorham, Maine
B.S. Lafayette College (2015)
Graduate School of Arts & Sciences


Allison’s dissertation research explores the period of cosmic time when most of the stars were formed and galaxies were assembled. She uses large radio interferometers to peer through the intervening dust that blocks optical light and to detect radio light from Milky-Way-like galaxy progenitors over 10 billion light years away. She is an active member of the volunteer organization Dark Skies, Bright Kids, which brings fun, hands-on science actives to under-served elementary schools in Virginia. She is currently leading a team of volunteers to assess the program’s effectiveness on broadening children’s perceptions of what a scientist looks like. Allison plans to graduate with her Ph.D. in Spring 2021, and she hopes to secure a postdoctoral research position to continue studying the history of the universe.

Thesis Description:

The Star Formation History of the Universe

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