Thomas Nelson

Graduate Student

Contact Information

Thomas Nelson
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Department of Astronomy
475 N. Charter St.
Madison, WI 53706

Office: 6514 Sterling Hall
Email: nelson [at] astro wisc edu

About me

I am a fifth year graduate student in Astronomy at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where I work with Dr. Marina Orio and Prof. Jay Gallagher. I am interested in the behavior and evolution of accreting white dwarfs including cataclysmic variables, novae and the close binary supersoft sources (CBSS). I am currently undertaking a multiwavelength study of the CBSS population in M31 using optical, UV and X-ray telescopes.

I am also extremely interested in education and outreach. I am currently part of a group of astronomy graduate students who have initiated an after school program for 6th through 8th graders from Madison's south side. Our partners in this project are the UW Space Place and the Boys & Girls Club of Dane County.


I am currently a Teaching Assistant for Astronomy 103 (our survey of astronomy course for non-majors) working with Professor Alex Laxarian. Information for A103 students can be found here. In the fall of 2004, I was a Teaching Assistant for Astronomy 103 working with Professor Ron Reynolds.


You can find my personal website here.