April 4, 2022
Two astrophysicists who have been selected for the prestigious NASA Hubble Fellowship Program (NHFP) have chosen to join the University of Chicago Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics (KICP) to conduct their postdoctoral research. The Fellows are Jessica Avva and Hayley Macpherson.
Jessica Avva, Physics AB’15, grew up near Atlanta, Georgia. She got her start in astrophysics at the University of Chicago, where she worked with Assoc. Prof. Abigail Vieregg’s group on instrumentation and site characterization for radio detection of ultra-high energy astrophysical neutrinos. She completed a senior thesis on the characterization of atmosphere at the South Pole for the BICEP collaboration.
Hayley Macpherson grew up in Melbourne, Australia, where she completed her undergraduate studies in astrophysics at Monash University. She received her Ph.D. in 2019, also from Monash, supervised by Professor Daniel Price and Professor Paul Lasky. Since then, she has been a Herchel Smith Fellow in the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics at the University of Cambridge.