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MEET THE ASTROPALs

As AstroPALs, we're dedicated to providing incoming graduate students with the information and support they need to succeed (and enjoy life!) in the GSU Astronomy department. Below is a little information about this year's group of peer mentors. We hope each profile will give you a glimpse into our lives and make you more comfortable coming to us with questions, complaints, or thoughts about the department, academics, research, the city, or anything else on your mind. We're all involved in AstroPAL because we enjoy it and we want you to benefit from our experiences (and myriad mistakes!), so please seek us out.




Katie Lester (5th year grad)

AstroPAL President
Office: 25 Park Place, cubicle 625
Email: lester @ astro
Advisor: Doug Gies
Research interests: binary stars
Research techniques: spectroscopy, interferometry, Kepler light curves
Programming language of choice: IDL
I should be your first stop for: a gym class buddy, help with IDL & making pretty plots
Hobbies beyond work: spin class, concerts, pizza
Random advice for new grad students: Treat grad school like a 9-5 job, it helps with time management. Also, don't be afraid to ask for help. We're all here for you!
Favorite places to work outside the office: Ebrik
Know your neighbors! Katie lives in: Lindbergh






Caroline Roberts (5th year grad)

AstroPAL Liaison
Office: 25 Park Place, cubicle 605
Email: roberts @ astro
Advisor: Misty Bentz
Research interests: AGN
Research techniques: IFU spectroscopy, photometry
Programming language of choice: IDL, IRAF
I should be your first stop for: talking about feelings, goals
Hobbies beyond work: reading, camping, running
Random advice for new grad students: Know that you deserve to be here!
Favorite places to work outside the office: Joe's (East Atlanta Village), Dr. Bombay's (Candler Park)
Know your neighbors! Caroline lives in: Kirkwood





Leonardo Paredes (4th year grad)

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Bokyoung Kim (3rd year grad)

Office: 25 Park Place
Email: bkim @ astro
Advisor: Sebastien Lepine
Research interests: kinematics and chemical evolution of the Milky Way
Research techniques: data mining, spectroscopy
Programming language of choice: IDL
I should be your first stop for: asking your lab stuff (because I’m a grad astro lab coordinator), introduction to IDL, talking about grad life, learning Python together (I need to learn it, too!), learning Korean, and having a coffee break!!!!
Hobbies beyond work: taking photos, walking, having a cup of tea/coffee, traveling, reading
Random advice for new grad students: Don't compare yourself with others. Keep on going at your own pace. If you could keep looking and moving forward, you would eventually reach the finish line. :)
Favorite places to work outside the office: Ebrik, Java Monkey (Downtown Decatur)
Know your neighbors! Bokyoung lives in: Decatur






Arturo Martinez (3rd year grad)

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Aparna V (3rd year grad)

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Eliot Vrijmoet (3rd year grad)

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Alex Yep (3rd year grad)

Office:1 Park Place, Room 711
Email: ayep @ astro
Advisor: Dr. Russel White, nice guy
Research interests: Young stars, yay!
Research techniques: Spectroscopy, photometry, coding
Programming language of choice: Python!
I should be your first stop for: An introduction to Python. I also love teaching, so ask me any astronomy question you want. :)
Hobbies beyond work: Writing, drawing, painting, cooking, hiking, swimming, petting cats
Random advice for new grad students: If you use Python, use Jupyter Notebook! AKA iPython Notebook.
Favorite places to work outside the office: At home with my boyfriend.
Know your neighbors! Alex lives in: Northwest Atlanta