After a year as a physics major at the University of Maryland, I added astronomy as my second degree and haven’t looked back since. I’m currently a first-year graduate student here at the Institute for Astronomy. In addition to my love for astronomy, I enjoy hiking, sports, and musicals.

I am currently working with Ben Shappee and the ASAS-SN team on multi-wavelength photometric and spectroscopic follow-up of tidal disruption events. My research interests also include a number of topics related to AGN, including outflows, X-ray spectroscopy, and multi-wavelength variability.

I also enjoy sharing the amazing things happening in astronomy with the community. I’m involved in multiple outreach opportunities including Mauna Kea Scholars, the AAS Ambassadors Program, and writing for Astrobites.



  • Ionization Mechanisms in Quasar Outflows (2019ApJ, 881, 31H)


I’ve been a teaching assistant for:

  • ASTR 110L (non-major astronomy lab)
  • ASTR 110 (non-major astronomy lecture)


  • American Astronomical Society (AAS)
  • Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in STEM (SACNAS)

Jason T. Hinkle

Graduate Student
B.S. Physics, University of Maryland
B.S. Astronomy, University of Maryland
IfA Mānoa,