I’m a first-year grad student at IfA Mānoa. Currently, I’m interested in studying galaxy formation and evolution.


I’m originally from Indiana and graduated from Indiana University with B.S. degrees in Astronomy, Physics, and Math. My research at IU mainly centered around studying the evolution of stars in binary systems. I also did an REU at the University of Kansas with Dr. Allison Kirkpatrick where I studied cold quasars.


Outside of Astronomy, I like to hike, play video games and board games, and I’m trying to learn guitar!

Derek Sikorski

Graduate Student
IfA Mānoa, C216A