2020
Alumni (Fellow)

Matthew Pryal

Edward P. Owens Jefferson Fellow
Archbald, Pennsylvania
Degrees:
B.S. Pennsylvania State University (2015)
M.S. University of Virginia (2017)
Graduate School of Arts & Sciences
Astronomy

Bio:

Matthew’s research interests include studying extrasolar planet (exoplanet) and solar system dynamics. His doctoral research is on modeling the radio emission from exoplanets due to auroras in their upper atmosphere. Matthew has been the leader of ‘Astronomy on Tap’ in Charlottesville since 2018. He is also an active member of the astronomy outreach program Dark Skies Bright Kids, an organization bringing exciting astronomy and science outreach to underserved communities throughout Virginia. Matthew plans to defend his thesis in November 2020 and teach as an adjunct faculty member in UVA’s Astronomy department in the spring of 2021.

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