CUNY Astro

Astronomy and Astrophysics at CUNY

CUNY Astro is a community of City University of New York affiliated astronomers, astrophysicists, and astro-boosters who come together to collaborate in research, learning, teaching, and supporting each other in our love of the cosmos. Research in a wide array of topics is carried out by faculty members, students, and postdoctoral researchers at each member’s home institution as well as in conjunction with research facility programs at the American Museum of Natural History’s Astrophysics Department and the Simons Foundation Center for Computational Astrophysics.

Research Areas: Galaxy Formation and Evolution, Active Galactic Nuclei, Black Holes, Star Formation, Low Mass Stars and Brown Dwarfs, Time-Domain Astronomy, Interstellar Medium, Giant Planets, Gamma-ray Astrophysics, Compact Objects, Remote Observations with Small Telescopes

Astrophysics at CUNY Colleges:
City Tech (Brooklyn), Hunter (Manhattan), York (Queens), College of Staten Island, Macaulay Honors College (Manhattan), Lehman (Bronx), BMCC (Manhattan), LaGuardia (Queens), and Queensboro (Queens).

Affiliated Institutions:
American Museum of Natural History, New York University, Columbia UniversityFlatiron Institute Center for Computational Astrophysics (CCA)


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

CUNY Astrophysics Master’s Program
Graduate program in Astrophysics. Includes 12 month stipend and benefits for 2 years. Application Deadline: March.

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: mid-October.

– Brown Dwarf Research at AMNH, Hunter College-CUNY, and Macaulay Honors College-CUNY.

CUNY Research Scholars Program
– Research experience for undergraduates at select CUNY campuses. Application procedures vary from campus to campus.

FAST Faculty And Student Team Initiative
– Research projects connected with the Sloan Digital Sky Survey collaboration.


CUNYAstro has a New Doctor: Dr. Yuzhe Song, PhD

Dr. Song successfully defended his PhD thesis “Stacking the Gamma-ray Sky to Search for Faint Astrophysical Populations” advised by Prof. Timothy Paglione. While it is sad to see him go, we look forward to watching for all the great things he will do in the future!

Tim Paglione stands to the right of Yuzhe Song in front of a picture of Flare Stars at the American Museum of Natural History Astrophysics Department

Prof. Timothy Paglione (left) and Dr. Yuzhe (Robert) Song (right)

CUNYAstro Excited For New Master’s Program in Astrophysics!

Under the direction of Prof. Jillian Bellovary, CUNY has instituted a new Master’s Program in Astrophysics which will begin taking students in Fall 2022. Applications are open! The goal of the program is to offer students of all backgrounds an exciting route to doctoral study in astronomy and physics and to STEM careers. Accepted students will be fully funded and will conduct research with CUNYAstro Faculty as well as researchers at the Flatiron Institute Center for Computational Astrophysics. Aside from coursework in physics and astronomy, the program includes professional development in writing, presenting, teamwork, and networking prepare students for doctoral work and for STEM jobs.

CUNYAstro Congratulates Dr. Rocio Kiman

Dr. Kiman successfully defended her PhD thesis in July 2021 and has accepted a position (joint) UC Santa Barbara Kavli / CalTech postdoctoral fellowship! You can find out all about Dr. Kiman from her webpage where she introduces her expertise and interest:

I study M dwarf ages. In particular I’m interested in the following age indicators: magnetic activity, dynamics and rotation period, and the correlation between all of them to create a detailed description of M dwarf evolution. Moreover I’m interested in statistical analysis and open source code development.

We wish Dr. Kiman all the best and know that she is destined for greatness!

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