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Brent Shapiro-Albert awarded doctoral Foundation Scholarship


Brent Shapiro-Albert, a doctoral candidate in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, was recently awarded a WVU Foundation Distinguished Doctoral Scholarship from the WVU Office of Graduate Education and Life. The competitive scholarship provides doctoral students $5,000 to be applied towards educational and research expenses.

The merit-based scholarship is financed with WVU Foundation funds that support doctoral students who have been admitted to their doctoral candidacy and are working towards the completion of their dissertation during the spring of 2021 semester.

Brent will use his funds to further his research efforts which involve studying various aspects of pulsars. As a member of the North American Nanohertz Observatory for Gravitational Waves (NANOGrav) which uses pulsar timing arrays to detect gravitational waves, he helps to time pulsars and characterize the noise in the pulsar timing array due to the interstellar medium.

His research advisor is Maura McLaughlin, PhD.