WHO ARE WE?
GRAD-MAP founders: Dr. Ashlee Wilkins (left), Dr. Katie Jameson (center), and Dr. Alex McCormick (right).
We are a graduate-student powered initiative.
GRAD-MAP is led by a team of graduate students from the Astronomy and Physics Departments at the University of Maryland, with support from faculty and staff in both departments, as well as many volunteers (students, researchers, and faculty) from both departments and across the University of Maryland's campus. GRAD-MAP began in 2013, when graduate students worked to develop a program to change the status quo in physics and astronomy.
Katya Leidig (they/them)
Astronomy Graduate Student
Katya joined GRAD-MAP in 2020 during their first year of graduate school, and helped create and run professional development workshops both during winter workshops and the summer scholars program. They have been acting co-lead since Summer 2022.
Astronomy Graduate Student
Alex assisted with the Python bootcamp during the 2020 and 2021 Winter Workshops. He gave lectures on multidimensional plotting in Python and on programming in C during the Summer Scholars Program 2021. Alex also was a mentor during the 2020 Winter Workshop, and a co-mentor in the summer of 2021.
Physics PhD Candidate
Rob first joined GRAD-MAP during his first year in graduate school in 2019 and has volunteered with GRAD-MAP in multiple capacities, most recently as a mentor for the 2022 Winter Workshop. Rob has also volunteered in the past during CSS visits as well as organizing and helping out during Python workshops. He joined the leadership team of GRAD-MAP in the Fall of 2022.
Other Current GRAD-MAP Support
STUART VOGEL, Professor of Astronomy
Stuart provides general-purpose mentoring for the Summer Scholars, and is the primary faculty support to the GRAD-MAP Team Lead. Stuart also provides funding for the Summer Scholars program through a GROWTH PIRE grant.
ELIZA KEMPTON, Professor of Astronomy
Eliza will provide funding support for the 2019 Summer Scholars program students.
ELIZABETH WARNER, Principal Faculty Specialist and Observatory Director
Elizabeth has been a mentor and advisor during the Winter Workshop (WW) since 2015 and Summer Scholars during 2021. She has guided ten students through observing projects at the UMD observatory.
MATEJ MALIK, Postdoctoral Researcher
Matej joined the astronomy department in fall 2018 and has since given a talk during the 2018 Open House and advised a 2019 Winter Workshop student. He will co-advise a 2019 Summer Scholars student.
WOLFGANG LOSERT, Professor & Associate Dean
Wolfgang is a great supporter of GRAD-MAP and has participated in a number of Winter Workshops.
PETER TEUBEN, Principal Research Scientist
Peter has been working with GradMap since 2015, and has been involved teaching a Python module in the Winter Workshop, mentoring Summer Scholars with Alberto Bolatto, and loves showing off his evolving Greenbank 40ft profile predictor code (in Python of course).
KATE O'NEILL, Postdoctoral Associate
Kate has volunteered consistently with the GRAD-MAP Winter Workshop since 2018. In particular, she loves helping with the Python Bootcamp and led Lecture 3 in 2019. She has also chaperoned trips to national labs, including NASA and NIST, and has given lab tours.
GRAD-MAP Team Alumni
Katie Jameson, Postdoctoral Researcher
Katie founded GRAD-MAP in 2013 with a group of astronomy and physics grad students. She defended her PhD in 2016 and moved "down unda" to the Australia National University for a postdoctoral research position. She studies star formation and molecular gas nearby galaxies using data from the satellites Herschel and Spitzer and from the Atacama Large Millimeter Array (ALMA).
Ashlee Wilkins, House Science Committee
Team Lead from 2014 - 2016
Ashlee was part of the founding team of GRAD-MAP and defended her PhD thesis in 2017. She studied the atmospheres of giant exoplanets, was the 2018 Bahcall Public Policy Fellow for the American Astronomical Society (AAS), supporting the federal policy and advocacy activities for the astronomical science community, and is now working for the House Science Committee.
Robyn Smith, Astronomy Graduate Student
Team Lead from 2016 - 2017
Robyn became team lead in 2016 during her second year at UMD. She is responsible for building ties to the TREND physics REU program and helped GRAD-MAP to begin to transition from the original founding group to the current program.
John Collini, Physics Graduate Student
Co-Lead from 2018 - 2019
John Collini started working with GRAD-MAP in 2016 by mentoring students and assisting with the python boot-camp of the Winter Workshop. In 2017 John lead the python boot-camp and was the physics co-lead for a year.
Amy Steele, Postdoctoral Researcher
Team Lead from 2017 - 2019, Team Advisor 2019-2020
Amy became the Team Lead in the fall of 2017. In addition to being the Team Lead, Amy also acted as the Team Advisor to the new GRAD-MAP co-leads. Amy defended her thesis in 2020. Currently, Amy is an MSI Postdoctoral Fellow at McGill Space Institute studying circumstellar dust and gas around stars on and off the main sequence at multiple wavelengths.
Milena joined GRAD-MAP in her first year of graduate school in 2017 and began acting as the Astronomy Team co-lead since 2019. She is involved in a number of diversity initiatives, inside and outside the Astronomy Department, including organizing the career-path (BANG!) seminars, founding the Fermi mentoring program, participating in the department's EDI Committee, as well as being a member of Physics and Astronomy Anti-racist Coalition (PAARC).
Andrew Guo, Physics Graduate Student
Co-Lead from 2020-2022
Andrew has been teaching Python for GRAD-MAP since 2017. Most recently, he was the lead for the Python Bootcamp during the 2019 Winter Workshop. Andrew has been the Physics Team Co-lead starting with the 2020 Winter Workshop and has helped organize and run various activities since then.
Charlotte Ward, Former Astronomy Graduate Student
Co-Lead from 2020-2022
Charlotte has been a GRAD-MAP co-leader since 2020. In 2019 and 2018 she mentored Winter Workshop students on AGN research projects and gave presentations on time-domain astronomy for CSS visits and the Open House. She has also assisted with development of Python bootcamp tutorials.
Amitava Banerjee, Physics Graduate Student
Amitava helped with the application review (Winter Workshop and Summer Scholars Program 2021), gave presentations and feedback to scholars while they were preparing their talks. In 2022, Amitava served as the Physics Co-Lead.