CUNY Astro


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), College of Staten Island, Lehman (Bronx), BMCC (Manhattan), LaGuardia (Queens), and Queensboro (Queens).

Affiliated Institutions:
American Museum of Natural History, New York
, 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.

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.


CUNYAstro Congratulates Newest PhD, Dr. Eileen Gonzalez

Dr. Eileen Gonzalez

Dr. Gonzalez is an expert in low-mass stars, brown dwarfs, and exoplanets.

The newly minted Dr. Eileen Gonzales just finished her PhD defense from the CUNY Graduate Center at the end of July. Her thesis work combines both observational and theoretical based approaches to understand the atmospheres and fundamental parameters of brown dwarfs and low-mass stars, with a focus on low-metallicity sources. In September she will be starting as a 51 Pegasi b Postdoctoral Fellow at Cornell University. Her postdoctoral work will focus on atmospheric retrievals of low-gravity brown dwarfs and directly-imaged exoplanets using the retrieval code Brewster.

Open Letter Requests CUNY Physics PhD Stop Considering GRE.

Members of the CUNYAstro Faculty have signed an open letter to the director of the CUNY Graduate Center Physics PhD program requesting that the GRE be made optional.

CUNY associates and affiliates who agree with the open letter are encouraged to indicate your agreement by signing here.

AstroCom NYC alumna awarded NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

Look whoooo got an NSF award!

Theresa Panurach (Hunter ’18) received an NSF GFRP  to create the first comprehensive multiwavelength survey for black hole X-ray binaries in Galactic globular clusters to investigate the extent of their population in these systems. Theresa is in the PhD program in Astronomy & Astrophysics at MSU. Congrats!!

CUNY Astro alumna hits the tenure-track

Dr. Vivienne Baldassare (Hunter) will be starting as a tenure-track assistant professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Washington State University in Fall 2020. Vivienne received her PhD from Michigan and is currently an Einstein Fellow at Yale. She is our first alum to enter the professoriate – we are super proud!

AstroCom NYC alumna tells her story

Victoria DiTomasso (Hunter ’18) wrote a commentary on her unique career path in astronomy that got published in Physics Today. Victoria is currently a Fulbright Scholar in Potsdam, Germany, and will begin in the astronomy PhD program at Harvard in Fall 19.

CUNY Hunter alumna honored by National Geographic

Munazza Alam, recent CUNY Hunter physics graduate, former REU at AMNH, and member of BDNYC, is a National Geographic grantee. Munazza is currently a graduate student in the astronomy PhD program at Harvard. See the beautiful article in Nat Geo – congratulations!!

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