For her research on star-like objects known as brown dwarfs, Ellianna Schwab earns the Chambliss Student Poster Award from the American Astronomy Society.
“By calculating the space motions and positions of a sample of brown dwarfs, my collaborators and I successfully placed three brown dwarfs into moving groups, thus confirming that they were between the ages of 30 million and 257 million years old,” explains Schwab, a B.S. candidate in physics and mathematics at Macaulay Honors College at the City College of New York.
“Ellianna is one of our best undergraduates, and this is just one of the prizes that she has won, or is going to win,” says Alexios P. Polychronakos, professor and chair of physics at CCNY. “She was also awarded the first Kenneth Singer Memorial Award, recently instituted by a donor, Ms. Jil Picariello, and we nominated her for a couple more.”
Schwab hopes to continue on to a doctoral program in theoretical astrophysics. She would like to study the theoretical relativistic magnetic properties of highly-active black holes and the intergalactic magnetic fields caused by these super-massive objects.
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