Presently I’m interested in observational studies of exoplanets, debris disks, and their host stars. One of my favorite parts of this job is giving research talks! One of my long-term goals is to become a research professor.
I was born in San Antonio, Texas where I lived until moving to Hawai’i for graduate school. I did my undergraduate studies at UT San Antonio. My journey as a scientist truly began when I worked as a TAURUS Scholar at UT Austin in the summer of 2017. Here I worked with Dr. Brendan Bowler to measure the dynamical mass of HR 8799. I also worked as a NSF REU student at the Center for Astrophysics | Harvard & Smithsonian in the summer of 2018. Here I worked with Dr. Luca Matrà on the REsolved ALMA and SMA Observations of Nearby Stars (REASONS) Survey, where I characterized the HD 170773 debris disk using ALMA.
I’m a first-generation college student with interests in student success initiatives, including effective mentoring.
Fun Facts: Before finding my calling in science, I considered a career in law/politics. I once participated in joint classroom learning sessions with incarcerated participants at a state jail. My favorite band is probably Darkthrone.
- Phi Kappa Phi Graduate Fellowship ($8.5K)
- NSF Graduate Research Fellowship ($102K + $36K)
- IfA Director's Research Excellence Award ($5K)
- Barry Goldwater Scholarship ($7.5K)
- NASA/Texas Space Grant STEM Columbia Crew Memorial Scholarship ($3K)
- Honorable Mention, Chambliss Astronomy Achievement Award (Undergraduate). 235th Meeting of the AAS.
- Best Presentation (Astrophysics). 2019 UTSA-SwRI Graduate Symposium.
- Outstanding Poster Presentation (Astronomy & Astrophysics). 2018 SACNAS Diversity in STEM Conference.
- Outstanding Presentation (Physics & Astronomy). 2018 Rice University GCURS Symposium.
- 1st Place, Poster Presentation. 2018 UT Austin SURE Symposium.
Aldo G. Sepulveda