There are many incredible career-specific opportunities that are available to UAHuntsville students. As a graduate student in the Physics Department, I have had the unique experience of traveling to a radio telescope array in California in order to gain on-site knowledge of the scientific processes that directly relate to my research.


For my dissertation research, I observe and analyze radio data for a sample of galaxy clusters to determine cluster masses. All of my radio data has been collected using the Combined Array for Research in Millimeter-wave Astronomy (CARMA) located in eastern California within the Inyo Mountain range. CARMA is operated by a team of full-time professionals who work year round and by a rotating schedule of student observers, who perform the daily functions of the array for a week at a time with at least two observers working together at all times.


I have been to CARMA three times now, working as an observer, and have learned more about radio astronomy through these weeklong shifts than I believe would be possible by just working in my office in Huntsville for several years. This is just an example of the extraordinary opportunities that are available to students at UAHuntsville!