Senior Astronomy major Elizabeth Johnson, used her VURF Travel grant to attend the 231st American Astronomical Society Meeting in Washington DC.
On her experience:
Thank you so much for the travel grant funds to attend the 231st American Astronomical Society Meeting in Washington DC. It was a tremendously awesome networking and learning experience. I presented a digital "iPoster" on my research entitled "Supernova Cosmology without Spectroscopy".
The best parts of the meeting were networking with influential scientists in the field. I am particularly excited about the "grouppic" that was taken. In it is 2011 Physics Nobel Prize winner, Adam Riess, whom is part of my research group. From left to right in the photo is Rachael Amaro (undergraduate from U of Illinois Urbana-Champaign who I worked with this past summer), Adam Riess (from Johns Hopkins), me, and Michael Foley (an undergraduate from Notre-Dame who is part of my research collaboration group). This photo was taken after we had dinner with Adam and our advisor, Dan Scolnic (a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Chicago). Dan is pictured with Rachael and I in the "advisor" photo. Over the week I attended a lot of talks, chatted with my collaborators about our current research projects, met "supernova scientists" in my field, and tried to impress graduate schools whose programs I have applied to. I can report it successfully worked for three programs so far (I've been admitted to U of Michigan, U of Pittsburgh, and Penn State) and I'm waiting to hear back from the other places I've applied.
I am so grateful for the support from CRF and Villanova in general. From helping to write graduate school applications and financial support, it has been a blessing to be a Villanovan. I am so excited for the next chapter after graduation.
Thank you very much again,