Paul Zivick

Gregory L. and Nancy H. Curl Jefferson Fellow
Lynchburg, Virginia
B.S. Ohio State University (2015)
Graduate School of Arts & Sciences


Paul Zivick is a Ph.D. candidate in galactic and extragalactic astronomy at the University of Virginia. His research focuses on measuring and understanding the stellar dynamics of dwarf galaxy satellites around the Milky Way, in particular the Magellanic Clouds. This work is highlighted in two first-author publications in the Astrophysical Journal and has been presented at conferences in Potsdam, Germany and Noordwijk, Netherlands in addition to the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, Maryland. Beyond his academic work, Paul is actively involved with the broader University community. He has served as a vice president (2017-2018) and president (2018-2019) for the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences council, where he helped to design and implement programming and support for graduate students across UVa. Since 2016, he has led the collaboration between the Central Virginia Governor’s School and the UVa Astronomy Department, where three to four high school students work on a supervised astronomy research project. Past projects have included use of data from the APO Galactic Evolution Experiment and the Gaia Space Telescope. Paul has also mentored undergraduate students as well, both at UVa through the Astronomy Mentoring Program and summer research students from Spelman College in Atlanta, GA. Paul completed his B.S. in physics and astronomy at Ohio State University and his M.S. in astronomy from the University of Virginia.

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