Jenna Ryon

Graduate Student

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Office: 3511B Sterling Hall

Research Interests:

I’m interested in extragalactic astronomy, specifically, star clusters as they relate to galaxy evolution and star formation in the outer regions of galaxies.



I am a fourth year graduate student working with Professor Jay Gallagher in the field of observational extragalactic astronomy. I am currently leading a study on the star cluster population in the local spiral galaxy NGC 2997 as part of the Snapshot Hubble U-band Cluster Survey (SHUCS) team. Next, I will lead another SHUCS project studying the star clusters in NGC 247 and NGC 925. I will also study the sizes and light profiles of star clusters in M83 to look for any dependence with age, mass, or environment. Finally, we have completed a project characterizing the star clusters and diffuse star formation occuring in large filamentary structures surrounding NGC 1275, the central galaxy in the Perseus galaxy cluster.

I graduated from Harvey Mudd College in May 2010 with a B.S. in Physics and a concentration in Astrophysics. I received my M.S. in Astronomy from UW-Madison in August 2012.

In the spring of 2011, I was the Teaching Assistant for Astronomy 103 taught by Professor Christy Tremonti.  I am also very interested in public outreach. I am a member of the first cohort of AAS Astronomy Ambassadors and have participated in Expanding Your Horizons (EYH), Washburn public observing nights, and many UitPs. I gave a public talk at Space Place in October 2013. I'm also a co-host of the weekly Radio Astronomy segment during In Our Backyard, a local news program broadcast by Madison community radio station WORT.

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