Alumni (Fellow)

Trey Wenger

D.N. Batten Foundation Jefferson Fellow
Fort Wayne, Indiana
B.A. Boston University (2013)
Ph.D. University of Virginia (2018)
M.S. University of Virginia (2018)
Graduate School of Arts & Sciences


Trey Wenger received his doctorate from the Department of Astronomy at U.Va. in May where he successfully defended his dissertation titled, “Structure in the Milky Way.” Trey researches the structure of our galaxy, the Milky Way, using the largest and most sensitive radio telescopes in the world, including the Green Bank Telescope in West Virginia, the Arecibo Telescope in Puerto Rico, the Very Large Array in New Mexico, and the Australia Telescope Compact Array in Australia. His work has led to several publications in prestigious astronomy research journals, including three first-author publications, eleven co-author publications, and over 30 co-authored meeting presentations. Trey’s teaching and research have been recognized through numerous awards, including the Laurence W. Fredrick Teaching Award, a first place award at the Huskey Research Exhibition, the Chambliss Astronomy Achievement Award from the American Astronomical Society, and fellowships from the Raven Society, the Virginia Space Grant Consortium, the Metro-Washington Chapter of the Achievement Rewards for College Scientists (ARCS) Foundation, and the Grote Reber Doctoral Fellowship from the National Radio Astronomy Observatory. Trey is a member of the Raven Society and served as the society’s president since 2017. Trey volunteers with Dark Skies, Bright Kids, a U.Va. astronomy department-based volunteer outreach organization which hosts astronomy events in the community and an eight-week-long after-school astronomy club at local under-served elementary schools. Trey received his B.A. in astronomy and physics from Boston University and his M.A. in astronomy from the University of Virginia.

Thesis Description:

Structure in the Milky Way

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