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IACS PhD Student Sydney Andrews Awarded Prestigious DOE Fellowship

Written by Jessica Rojahn


Sydney Andrews,
PhD Astrophysics Student

IACS is proud to announce that the Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded a Computational Science Graduate Fellowship (CSGF) to one of our very own, Sydney Andrews of the Physics and Astronomy Department. “We at IACS and in computational astrophysics are absolutely delighted that Sydney has been awarded a DOE CSGF,” said Alan Calder, Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy, Deputy Director of IACS, and Andrews’ advisor. “Stony Brook University is fortunate to draw students of Sydney’s caliber, and I look forward to working with and learning from Sydney during her dissertation research.”

Sydney’s research focuses on hydrodynamic simulations of core-collapse supernovae. “This is exciting to me,” said Andrews, “because of the dramatic nature of these events and the unique computational challenges they pose. Being a multiphysics and multiscale problem, supernova simulations require leading-edge computational science to tackle.” With this fellowship, Andrews will be able to delve intensely into her research.

The DOE CSGF program’s support allows students to focus on academics and research without excessive teaching or other departmental-support activities. This prestigious fellowship comes with a yearly stipend of $36,000, payment of full tuition and fees, a $5,000 allowance for materials and professional development, up to four years of total support, a twelve-week practicum at one of the DOE national laboratories, and, according to the program’s website: “a rigorous program that ensures fellows have a solid background in a scientific or engineering discipline plus computer science and applied mathematics.” These awards are usually granted for research in engineering and/or the physical, computer, mathematical or life sciences.

This fellowship is highly sought after and an incredible opportunity for Andrews’ research. “I am particularly excited about the opportunities to take several courses in [Applied Math] and [Computer Science], that I would not normally be able to take for my PhD, and for the DOE laboratory summer practicum research, both of which part of the fellowship,” said Andrews. “The fellowship provides the best possible training a young computational scientist can receive and is a great opportunity,” according to Calder. Congratulations Sydney!



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