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Yale Astronomy

Undergraduate Students

Mariona Badenas

Mariona Badenas Mariona is from Barcelona, Spain. She is a member of Branford College and studies Astrophysics (class of 2016). She is currently working with Prof. Fischer on the detection and characterization of planet candidates from the Kepler-2 archive data. These planetary systems are in the database of Planet Hunters, a citizen science project that allows people with no prior knowledge of astronomy to engage in the search for exoplanets. Mariona is the Co-President of the Society of Physics Students, the Outreach Chair for Women in Physics at Yale, and a tutor and grader in the Spanish Department. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, flying, and dreaming that one day she will go to space.

Thomas Foster

Thomas Foster Thomas is an Astrophysics major at Yale, class of 2016. For his senior thesis research project, he is working on an instrumentation project in the Yale exoplanet lab with Tyler, setting up an experiment to track dispersion in the tunable Fabry Perot optical frequency comb.

Thomas was just offered spots in the graduate programs at Oxford and Cambridge where he is excited to continue rowing light crew.

Brooke Lamell

Brooke Lamell Brooke is an Astrophysics major at Yale, class of 2016. For her research, she worked with postdoctoral fellow Tabby Boyajian analyzing angular diameters of stars in 2014. For her senior thesis project, she is analyzing Kepler light curves.

Brooke is also an amazing opera singer!

Christopher Leet

Christopher Leet Christopher is majoring in Astrophysics and Computer Science, Yale class of 2017. He is working on the Yale Doppler Diagnostic Facility rebuild under the supervision of Colby Jurgenson. The Yale Doppler Diagnostic Facility is a bench-mounted spectrograph test facility for instruments that our team builds for observatories across the world. Christopher is designing the mounts and the superstructure, calibrating the optics, and organizing the project's time table. Christopher was born in New York, but lived in London for 15 years. He is also interested in cryptography, drones, digital education and tea.

Justin Myles

Justin Myles Justin is an astrophysics student at Yale, class of 2017. He is currently working with Ph. D. candidate John Brewer on measuring and analyzing lithium abundance in planet host stars. He is interested in understanding the possibility of enhanced lithium depletion in planet formation theory.
Justin is also a mentor for New Haven youth and is an avid surfer and runner.

Sophia Sanchez-Maes

Sophia Sanchez-Maes Sophia is an astrophysics and computer science major at Yale, class of 2019. She is currently working on the Yale Doppler Diagnostic Facility rebuild, and exploring statistical methods to separate signal from stellar noise in radial velocity exoplanet detection.
A native New Mexican, Sophia also enjoys mathematics, reading, hiking, and travel.

Scott Smith

Scott Smith Scott is an undergrad at Yale, class of 2018. He is studying Computer Science and worked on redesigning and rebuilding the Yale Doppler Diagnostic Facility spectrograph during the summer of 2015. During summer 2016, he will develop a user interface for Doppler analysis of CHIRON data. He is also a project leader for the Yale Undergrad Aerospace Association.

Diego Torres Quintanilla

Diego Torres Quintanilla Diego is an undergraduate at Yale (class of 2016), majoring in both Computer Science and Applied Mathematics. He is currently working with Prof. Fischer on the radial velocity measurement precision of spectrographs fitted with a laser frequency comb. Diego also heads the Yale Mexican Student Organization and enjoys world literature.

Past undergraduate students are listed on our Exoplanets Alumni page.