Me on Devil's Lake

Ella K. Braden

About me

I'm a third year graduate student in the astronomy department at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, WI. I hail from the beautiful state of Washington, where I graduated from Whitman College in 2004, with physics-astronomy major and spanish minor.

Research interests

I work as part of the WOCS collaboration with my advisor, Prof. Robert D. Mathieu, investigating open clusters in the Milky Way, using data from the WIYN 3.5 m telescope. I use line-of-sight velocities of the stars in the cluster area to determine cluster membership and analyze binary systems and cluster dynamics.
I have also done research at Indiana University with Prof. Con Deliyannis doing photometric studies of open clusters.

Education and Outreach

I've put together a website with tips for undergraduates looking for research opportunities. That can be found here.

Here at Wisconsin, I've helped present sessions as part of Expanding Your Horizons, a career exploration day for young women.

Each summer, I've presented multi-media talks and introduced campers to the night sky at Wisconsin State Parks as part of the Universe in the Park program. I also lead public observing nights at Washburn Observatory.


In the spring of 2006, I was a TA and assisted Prof. Ken Nordsieck with Astronomy 100.

I am currently (Spring 2008) TAing for astronomy 103.
Click here for Prof. Sheinis' page.
Click here for the discussion section page.

At Whitman college, I spent several years as a lab assitant for astronomy and physics labs and was a TA for a symbolic logic course.

Contact Info

Ella K. Braden
Department of Astronomy
475 N. Charter St.
Madison, WI 53706

Office: 4514 Sterling
Email: braden _at_


Check out my personal page too!.
My astro 103 discussion section page.