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PhD Candidate Carl Fields Receives Popular and Academic Recognition

MSU Astrophysics PhD Candidate Carl Fields has received both academic and popular recognition for his research on core-collapse supernovae, supernova progenitors, stellar nucleosynthesis, and gravitational wave sources. 

In August 2020, Fields was awarded the Dr. Pliny A. and Margaret H. Price Prize in Cosmology from the Center for Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics (CCAPP) at The Ohio State University. Fields says that this award means a lot to him in how it reinforces his career aspirations. “To see the past recipients include now faculty whose work I admire was a very rewarding feeling,” Fields said. “I can envision myself following in those footsteps and continuing onto pursuing a faculty position as well.” Fields is grateful to his advisor for “seeing my potential and nominating me from the beginning,” and is excited for the opportunity to share his research with the people at CCAPP.

Then, in December 2020, Carl Fields was named to the 2021 Forbes 30 Under 30: Science list. “It means more to me than I think that I will be able to comprehend for some time,” Fields said of the announcement. “I feel so incredibly honored to be named alongside up and coming science communication all stars I look up to. I am looking forward to seeing how this shapes my career moving forward.”

In February 2021, announced his acceptance of the Richard P. Feynman Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellowship at Los Alamos National Lab. His thesis defense will be Monday, April 5th.

Photo Credit: Xiaoxing (Adele) Han, ICER