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MSU Astronomy's Three Recent NSF GRFP Recipients

MSU Astronomy boasts ties to three recent recipients of the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (NSF GRFP): two current PhD students, Brandon Barker and Teresa Panurach, and one former post-baccalaureate researcher, Megan Davis. We interviewed Panurach, Davis, and Barker about what the NSF GRFP means to them.


The astronomy group at Michigan State comprises 9 faculty within the Department of Physics and Astronomy, along with postdocs and graduate students. This cohort pursues a diverse spectrum of research, from the explosions of massive stars to the assembly of vast clusters of galaxies.

Interested in graduate study? Our program is designed to move students quickly into research on faciliites such as the Southern Astrophysical Research telescope. MSU also offers strong interdisciplinary programs with the Joint Institute for Nuclear Astrophysics and the Department of Computational Science, Mathematics, and Engineering. Our page on graduate student life has more information about what it's like to be a graduate student at MSU.

Curious about astronomy? Check out our events listing, where you will find information on public observing and Astronomy on Tap featuring AoTLansing brews! Be sure to check out the Campus Observatory and Abrams Planetarium as well.