Jenna Ryon

Graduate Student

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Office: 3511B Sterling Hall

Research Interests:

I’m interested in extragalactic astronomy, specifically, the characteristics of populations of young star clusters in nearby galaxies and how they relate to globular clusters.



I am a sixth year graduate student working with Professor Jay Gallagher in the field of observational extragalactic astronomy. I am heavily involved in the star cluster science group of the Legacy Extragalactic Ultraviolet Survey (LEGUS) team, including leading a study of the sizes of clusters in a number of LEGUS galaxies. My past work includes I a study of the sizes and light profile shapes of young star clusters in M83. I have also investigated the luminosity, mass, and age distributions of the young star cluster population in the nearby spiral galaxy in NGC 2997 as part of the Snapshot Hubble U-band Cluster Survey (SHUCS). I co-led a study of 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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