Allison Matthews

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


Allison Matthews is a graduate student in the Department of Astronomy at the University of Virginia. Her research focuses on galaxy evolution through cosmic time and determining when most of the stars in the Universe formed. Allison received her B.S in Physics and Mathematics from Lafayette College and an M.S. in Astronomy from the University of Virginia. When she’s not writing computer programs or traveling to radio telescopes, Allison loves teaching astronomy to elementary-aged children through the volunteer organization Dark Skies, Bright Kids.

Thesis Description:

The Star Formation History of the Universe

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