rhaana starling: observational astronomer
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.
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.