TAP Programs for Students

Graduate Student Research Prize

The Theoretical Astrophysics Program (TAP) seeks to award one student at the University of Arizona with the Graduate Student Research Prize. Beginning in 2020, this will be an annual competition in order to more frequently highlight students conducting exceptional theoretical astrophysics research. The application period opens each November with applications due mid-January. Please join the TAP mailing list to receive future announcements.

 The winner of the completion will receive a commemorative plaque, a $1000 cash award, and an invitation to present their work during the spring colloquia series. Review and selection are done by committee and are based on the quality and originality of the research.

The TAP is pleased to award 2024 Graduate Student Research Prize to Yangyang Cai (Sam Gralla, advisor). Dr. Cai will be invited to provide a TAP Colloquia talk fall 2024.

The 2025 competition will be announced in November 2024. Subscribe to the TAP Listserv to receive future announcements.

Eligibility criteria:

1) Must be either a current grad student or < one-year post-Ph.D. completion.

2) Original research article submitted or published in a peer-reviewed journal within the previous two years.

3) Provide a one-page summary outlining the importance and context of the work.

4) Submit research advisor endorsement statement, including an estimate of the student’s percent contribution to both the research and the writing (minimum 60% student contribution expected).

Please contact Rosie Johnson, TAP Project Manager, with any questions. 

Graduate Student Research Prize Recipients

Name Department Year
Yangyang Cai Physics 2024
Haowen Zhang Astronomy 2023
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


TAP Travel and Training Grants for Students

The TAP small matching grants program seeks to provide resources to undergraduate and graduate students to assist with training, travel for research collaboration, or confernece attendance to support their educational and research pursuits and help to prepare them for entering the future job market.

Grant awards up to $1,000 may be used for training opportunities, conferences, research-related travel, or professional supplies/equipment. Preference will be given to new applicants and those in the later stages of their degree program.

The application period for 2025 awards will be announced November 2024. Awardee decisions announced each February to support early planning for spring/summer travel. Application availability will be announced through the TAP listserv.


Past Awardees of TAP Travel and Training Grants

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Sabina Abate
Atri Bhattacharya Physics
Rixin Li Astronomy
Rachel Smullen Astronomy


Etka Pastel Astronomy


Carolynn Raithel Astronomy
Etka Patel Astronomy
James T. Keane Lunar and Planetary Science Laboratory


Gabriele Bozzola Astronomy
Saverio Cambioni Lunar and Planetary Science Laboratory
Pedro Espino Physics
Hamish Hay Lunar and Planetary Science Laboratory
Rixin Li Astronomy
Rachel Smullen Astronomy
Maria Steinrueck Lunar and Planetary Science Laboratory
Adam Sutherland Astronomy
Tyler Trent Astronomy


Jiachuan Xu Astronomy




Gabriele Bozzola Astronomy
Jose Cisneros Physics
Emmanouil Drimalas Physics
Tintin Nguyen Astronomy
Chang Tao Yang Physics
Jada Walters Lunar and Planetary Science Laboratory
Xiaozhou Zhao Lunar and Planetary Science Laboratory


Yangyang Cai Physics
Soley Hyman Astronomy
Vikram Manikantan Astronomy
Ian Matheson Lunar and Planetary Science Laboratory
Jiachuan Xu Astronomy
Eonho Chang Astronomy
Jonah Barber Physics
Jose Cisneros Castro Lunar & Planetary Science Laboratory
Katie Chamberlain Astronomy
Eonho Chang Astronomy
Emmanouil Drimalas Astronomy
Hayden Foote Astronomy
Soley Hyman Astronomy
Ian Matheson Lunar & Planetary Science Laboratory
Pranjal RS Astronomy
Himansh Rathore Astronomy
M Smith Astronomy
Jackson Zarisky Astronomy