rhaana starling: observational astronomer
past students

Dong Xu, EU SPARTAN visiting PhD student 2008

Title: In search of the progenitors of supernovaless gamma-ray bursts
Xu et al. 2009, ApJ 696, 971

Dong is now a postdoctoral researcher at the Dark Cosmology Centre, Copenhagen, studying gamma-ray bursts.

Annalisa De Cia, EU SPARTAN visiting PhD student 2009

Project Supervisor: Dr. Rhaana Starling, Dr. Klaas Wiersema
Title: GRB 070125 and the environments of spectral-line poor afterglow absorbers
De Cia et al. 2011, MNRAS 418, 129

Annalisa is now a postdoctoral researcher at the Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel, studying gamma-ray bursts and supernovae.

Martin Sparre, College of Science Fellowship Support Scheme visiting PhD student 2011

Title: A systematic search for thermal X-ray signatures in the Swift sample of gamma-ray bursts
Sparre & Starling, 2012, MNRAS 427, 2965

Martin is completing a PhD on gamma-ray bursts and cosmology at his home institute, the Dark Cosmology Centre, Copenhagen.

Hannah Willett, SURE studentship 2012

Title: Classification of X-ray sources in the XMM-Newton Slew Survey

Hannah completed her degree in natural sciences at Cambridge University and is now a PhD student on the Fusion Doctoral Training Network at the University of York.

Nora Linn Strotjohann, ESAC Trainee 2012

Project supervisor: Dr. Richard Saxton, Dr. Rhaana Starling
Title: Swift follow-up of highly variable AGN from the XMM-Newton Slew Survey

Nora is now studying for a PhD in neutrino astrophysics at DESY Zeuthen, Germany and Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel.

Hannah Lerman, SURE studentship 2013

Title: The Gamma-Ray Burst -- Supernova Connection through thermal X-ray emission in Swift bursts

Hannah graduated with a first in her MPhys degree Physics with Astrophysics at the University of Leicester, and has stayed on to do a PhD in Space Projects and Instrumentation.

Wurood Camp, Nuffield Foundation studentship 2013

Project supervisor: Prof. Julian Osborne
Project: The main aim of this project is to captivate junior scientists with the astrophysics of today, focusing on the astronomy of gamma ray bursts and the physics of the Swift satellite through a series of videos.

Wurood won a British Science Association Gold CREST Award for this work. She is now graduating from Charnwood College and is considering a degree in chemical engineering at the University of Sheffield.

Mollie Ingram, work experience student 2014

Mollie is studying for her A-levels at Leicester High School for Girls, and is spending her work experience week on high energy astrophysics outreach projects, creating a Swift calendar.