Evan Lewis, a second-year graduate student in the WVU Department of Physics and Astronomy, was recently awarded a NASA West Virginia Space Grant Consortium (WVSGC) Award, which is a yearlong fellowship that supports students in a STEM field. The competitive fellowship provides funding support for his tuition, conference/travel fees, and journal publication fees.
His research is in transient radio sources, particularly sporadically emitting pulsars called Rotating Radio Transients (RRATs). He uses observations from a variety of radio telescopes to follow up newly discovered sources and develop long-term timing solutions to characterize their rotational motion. He also studies the single-pulse emission properties of these sources and how they change over time to better understand the physical processes that cause RRATs to emit so infrequently.
Evan’s research advisor is Dr. Maura McLaughlin.