Grants and Awards

External Grants and Awards:

– Lead USF Faculty Member in national consortium of 19 undergraduate-focused institutions, The Undergraduate ALFALFA Team (PI: Prof. Rebecca Koopmann at Union College), awarded a 3-year collaborative grant for $437,883 by the National Science Foundation, 2012-2015

– PI on Cottrell College Science Award (Research Corporation), $45 K awarded for proposal titled “The Effects of Helium Reionization in the Early Universe”, for PI and undergraduate research performed at USF, 2010-2013

– Received a $500 grant from the Travel Grants for Women Speakers Program administered by the American Physical Society to support the visit of a female colloquium speaker to USF’s Department of Physics and Astronomy, 2010

– Received a $1500 conference grant to attend and present research at the meeting “From First Light to Newborn Stars”, Tucson, AZ, 2010

– PI on American Astronomical Society Small Research Grant ($1500) for proposal titled “Multi-Wavelength Detections of the First Stars”, 2006

Internal Grants and Awards:

– Awarded over 15 grants since 2006 from the USF Faculty Development Fund for research travel, expenses and student stipends

– Awarded USF Jesuit Foundation Grant for $5K to develop a new course at USF titled “A History of Astronomy: Ancients, Jesuits and Modern Cosmology”, 2012

– USF Dean’s Scholar Award (2012-2013) for my research in theoretical cosmology since my arrival at USF. Received course release and a stipend. The Dean’s Scholar Award acknowledges a faculty member’s contribution to their field as having had great impact and value.

Pre-USF Grants and Honors:

– PI on National Science Foundation Astronomy and Astrophysics Postdoctoral Fellowship (award amount $185 K), University of Colorado, Boulder, 2002-2005

– Selected with full funding to be on the US delegation to the IUPAP International Conference on Women in Physics, UNESCO, Paris, 2002

– Awarded conference grants for attending 8 meetings, schools and workshops, 1996-2004

– Farr Fellowship, The University of Chicago, 1993-1997

– NASA Space Grant Fellowship, Cornell University, Summers of 1991 and 1992

– Dean’s List, Cornell University, 1990-1993

– International Students and Scholars’ Scholarship, Cornell University, 1989-1993