Graduate Student Research Prize

Applications for the 2023 prize are now being accepted. Application deadline: February 3, 2023, 5pm MST

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  • Current grad students or < one year post-Ph.D.
  • Original research on any theoretical astrophysics topic.
  • Endorsement by research advisor (application collaboration encouraged).
  • Selection by committee based on quality and originality.

Small Matching Grants Program

The Theoretical Astrophysics Program annually invites one-page student proposals for small matching grants in support of theoretical astrophysics research across the Departments of Astronomy, Physics, and Planetary Sciences.

Grant awards up to $1,000 may be used for conference and/or research-related travel, or research supplies/equipment. Please see application for additional proposal criteria. Both undergraduate and graduate students are encouraged to apply. Priority will be given to students with advanced standing or otherwise approaching graduation/defense.

Applications are now being accepted for 2023 funding. Please use the link below.

TAP Initiatives

The TAP Initiatives allow for focused research discussions across a broad range of topics in theoretical astrophysics. Groups and events are held regularly – all members are welcome to join. 

Graduate Student Research Prize Recipients

Name Department Year
Gabriele Bozzola Astronomy 2022
Nicolas Garavito-Camargo Astronomy 2021
Joshua Lothringer Lunar & Planetary Lab 2019
Youngmin JeongAhn Lunar & Planetary Lab 2016
Evan Schneider Astronomy 2014
Tim Johannsen Physics 2011
Curtis Cooper Lunar & Planetary Lab 2006
Martin Pessah Astronomy 2006
Todd Thompson Physics 2000
Sharada Iyer Physics 2000
Chris L. Fryer Astronomy 1996
William Sears Lunar & Planetary Lab 1994