Astronomy and Astrophysics at CUNY

The Astronomy and Astrophysics programs at CUNY are involved in a wide array of research topics, integrating many devoted faculty members with undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral researchers. Research in all areas is carried out both at each member's home institution as well as in conjunction with a research facility program at the American Museum of Natural History's Astrophysics Department.

Research Areas: Galaxy Formation and Evolution, Active Galactic Nuclei, Black Holes, Star Formation, Low Mass Stars and Brown Dwarfs, Interstellar Medium, Giant Planets

Astrophysics at CUNY Colleges: City Tech (Brooklyn), Hunter (Manhattan), York (Queens), Staten Island, Lehman (Bronx), BMCC (Manhattan), and LaGuardia (Queens), Medgar Evers (Brooklyn).

Affiliated Institutions: American Museum of Natural History, New York University, Columbia University, NASA Goddard Institute for Space Sciences (GISS)


CUNY Physics PhD Program - Graduate program in Physics and Astronomy. Includes 12 month stipend and benefits for 5 years. Application Deadline: January.

AMNH/CUNY NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) - Summer research opportunity open to all undergraduates. Includes summer stipend. Application Deadline: Jan/February.

AstroCom NYC - Multi-year research fellowships and intensive mentoring for CUNY undergraduates interested in pursing graduate work in Astronomy. Includes 12 month stipend for up to 2 years. Application Deadline: Fall.

NY Space Grant Comm. College Partnership Program (NYSG CCPP) - NASA research fellowships and mentoring for community college and technical school students interested in pursuing a STEM degree. Application Deadline: Fall.


CUNY Astro Graduate students won AAS International Travel Awards - Jan 2016

Paige Giorla (Grad Center) and Joe Filippazzo (Grad Center) won AAS International Travel Awards to attend the Cool Stars 19 conference this summer in Sweden.

CUNY Astro student awarded Chambliss prize - Jan 2016

Ellie Schwab (CCNY, AstroCom) won a Chambliss Award for her poster presentation about young brown dwarfs at the American Astronomical Society meeting this January. The poster is coauthored by fellow AstroCom student Victoria DiTomasso (Hunter) and their advisors, Adric Riedel (Caltech), Emily Rice (College of Staten Island), Kelle Cruz (Hunter), and Jackie Faherty (Carnegie).

CUNY Astro women attended CUWiP- Jan 2016

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CUNY Astro students participated in the Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics at Wesleyan University. Betsy Hernandez (Hunter) won an Outstanding Poster Prize. The poster was coauthored by her research advisors Ari Maller (CityTech), Barry McKernan (BMCC), and Saavik Ford (BMCC).

CUNY Astro participated in AAS 227 - Jan 2016

CUNY Students at AAS227

CUNY Astro students were out in force at this year's winter meeting of the Americal Astronomical Society. Notably, eight CUNY undergraduates and two grad students gave poster presentations and Joe Filippazzo gave his dissertation talk. CUNY was also particularly well represented at the Hack/Maker Day.

AstroCom has a new cohort - Dec 2015

We are proud to announce the 4th cohort of AstroCom NYC students!

CUNY Astro participated in Columbia AstroFest - Sept 2015

Great day for CUNYAstro at #astrofest15 Hunter college racking up the prizes! #astrofest15

CUNY Astro students participated in a full day of short astro talks and posters hosted by the Department of Astronomy at Columbia University. CUNY students also dominated the undergraduate poster prize competition with Betsy Hernandez (Hunter) and Munazza Alam (Hunter) sharing the first place prize.

CUNY Astro has a new PhD - August 2015


Kay Hiranaka (Grad Center, Hunter) is the newest PhD graduate from CUNY Astro! Her work on constraining the dust haze in brown dwarf atmospheres is the subject of a paper currently under review by the Astrophysical Journal. Her committee consisted of her advisor, Kelle Cruz (Hunter), and Emily Rice (College of Staten Island), Steve Greenbaum (Hunter), and Mark Marley (NASA-Ames).

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