UF Physics is pleased to announce that recent Ph.D. recipient and AAUW American Dissertation Fellow Alexandria Tucker has been selected for the NSF Mathematical and Physical Sciences Ascending Postdoctoral Research Fellowship (MPS-Ascend). This prestigious fellowship provides $300,000 to fund Dr. Tucker’s three-year postdoctoral research position with Professor Nicolas Yunes at the Illinois Center for Advanced Studies of the Universe (ICASU), University of Illinois Urbana Champaign. The MPS-Ascend program supports outstanding future scientists who will broaden the participation of underrepresented minorities as future leaders in MPS fields and facilitates the Fellow’s transition into a faculty appointment. Dr. Tucker’s postdoctoral research will aid in the hunt for gravitational waveform models that include spin and eccentricity as well as expand our current understanding of how and where gravitational wave sources form. Additionally, she will co-lead ICASU outreach projects including virtual reality physics education programs for middle-school students, planetarium shows starring scientists from underrepresented communities, and art shows that promote scientists of different ethnicities and genders.
Congratulations to Alexandria on these well deserved awards!