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Alexandra Higley

Alexandra Higley



College or Department: Eberly College of Arts and Sciences

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Alexandra Higley

Plans for the future: 

In the future she plans on continuing her education into graduate school, specifically staying more on the side of computational astrophysics. "Though I could see myself falling in love with any number of topics in the field, I am currently interested in cosmology and Active Galactic Nuclei as an area of study— crazy black holes and all that."


Your favorite thing so far about your IRES summer: 

"My favorite thing about my experience this summer is the department and everyone I've met. It's been an overwhelmingly positive experience here all-around."

One thing you’ve learned/something unexpected this summer? 

"I feel like aside from growing my skill set concerning computation and astrophysics, I have also gained self-confidence and trust in my own skills when it comes to research. I learned how to problem-solve through real research issues and keep at a project, determined to see it to completion."

The International Research Experiences for Students (IRES) program supports international research and research-related activities for U.S. science and engineering students. The IRES program contributes to development of a diverse, globally engaged workforce with world-class skills. IRES focuses on active research participation by undergraduate and/or graduate students in high quality international research, education and professional development experiences in NSF-funded research areas.

The overarching, long-term goal of the IRES program is to enhance U.S. leadership in science and engineering research and education and to strengthen economic competitiveness through training the next generation of research leaders.

    Hometown: Parker, Colorado

    Home University: University of Wyoming 

    Major/Minor: Majoring in Physics and Astronomy/Astrophysics. Minoring in Creative Writing

    IRES mentor(s): Maura McLaughlin and Manjari Bagchi

    Area of research in IRES: Pulsar Astronomy