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PhD student awarded prestigious grant

PhD student awarded prestigious grant

PhD student Heather Cegla has been awarded a prestigious Grant-in-Aid of Research from Sigma-Xi

A PhD student in the Astrophysics Research Centre in the School of Mathematics and Physics has been awarded a grant for her work which could improve the chances of detecting Earth-like planets in the future.

Heather Cegla has been awarded a prestigious Grant-in-Aid of Research of $4,500 from Sigma-Xi: The Research Society.

The award will allow biannual visits to Vanderbilt University in Nashville for Heather, facilitating her work to remove astrophysical noise from extra-solar planets searches. Such noise can mask planetary signals and thus removing it will improve the chances of detecting Earth-like planets.

Sigma-Xi is an international, multidisciplinary research society whose programmes and activities promote the health of the scientific enterprise and honour scientific achievement. There are nearly 60,000 Sigma Xi members in more than 100 countries around the world. The Grant-in-Aid of Research programme is very competitive with only 20% of applicants receiving any level of funding.

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