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.


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!!

CUNY Astro’s newest PhD graduate – April 2017

CUNY Astro’s proud to announce the successful defense of Dr. Paige
A. Godfrey (The Graduate Center, College of Staten Island). She was the first CUNY
Astro grad student to receive a Dissertation Year Fellowship from the
CUNY GC, and the first to receive a Rodger Doxsey Travel Prize from the AAS.

CUNY faculty recognized for research – April 2017

Prof. Viviana Acquaviva (CUNY City Tech) received the Feliks Gross
, the highest CUNY award for assistant professors, based on her
research excellence.

AstroCom NYC student publication in High Energy Journal – April 2017

AstroCom NYC undergraduate scholars Roberto Moncada, Rafael Colon,
and Juan Guerra, recently had a peer-reviewed article accepted by the
Journal of High Energy Physics. Profs. Luis Anchordoqui and Matt
O’Dowd (CUNY Lehman) were co-authors.

CUNY Astro’s newest PhD graduate – May 2016

Joe's PhD Defense

CUNY Astro’s most recent Ph.D. graduate is Dr. Joe Filippazzo (The
Graduate Center, College of Staten Island). A large part of this
thesis research on measuring the fundamental parameters of M, L, T,
and Y dwarfs was published in an article
appearing in the Astrophysical Journal
. His committee consisted of
her advisor, Emily Rice (CUNY CSI), and Kelle Cruz (CUNY Hunter
College), Jackie Faherty (Carnegie), Charles Liu (CUNY CSI), and
Michael Cushing (University of Toledo). Joe is now at Research and
Instrument Analyst at the Space
Telescope Science Institute
in Baltimore, Maryland.

CUNY Astro Graduate students won AAS International Travel Awards – January 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 – January 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- January 2016

Fwd: Fwd: CUWiP poster award
Fwd: CUWiP poster award

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 – January 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.

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