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Stephanie Hamilton


I am a newly-minted PhD in Physics from the University of Michigan. I spent my graduate career using the Dark Energy Survey to study...not dark energy. Instead, I used this massive dataset covering 1/8th of the sky to search for new objects orbiting our Sun out beyond Neptune and learn about the Solar System's formation and evolution. As a recovering academic, I'm now passionate about anything and everything science communication -- as an author for Astrobites, I write bite-sized posts about new astronomy results. I've also written for the Michigan Science Writers graduate student blog and guest-authored for the Planetary Society. Aside from doing science communication myself, I'm also passionate about empowering scientists to communicate their own work -- through the RELATE organization at UofM, I teach multi-week and one-time workshops on STEM communication skills. I have also helped organize the ComSciCon-Flagship and ComSciCon-Michigan workshops (science communication workshops for graduate students). When I'm not doing research or science communication, you can likely find me reading a science fiction book, playing tennis, or staring up at the night sky for hours on end.


Stephanie Hamilton outdoors with mountains in the background
Stephanie Hamilton

University of Michigan

Fellowship Sponsor: Heising-Simons Foundation

Fellowship Host: The Indianapolis Star