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Jennifer Cooper

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Jennifer Cooper is a 2017-2021 Self Graduate Fellow pursuing a Ph.D. in physics and astronomy.  She received her B.A. cum laude (2014) in geophysics, B.A. (2014) in archaeology, and a minor in astrophysics from Cornell University, Ithaca, NY. Cooper also completed her M.S. (2017) in physics from Cal State Los Angeles, CA.  Cooper's current research utilizes the Hubble Space Telescope to study the nature vs. nurture scenario of galaxy evolution in the cosmic web. Specifically, she studies how the hydrogen (Hα) content of galaxies is affected by the physical environment and whether dense clusters lead to an increased rate of gas consumption and subsequently, the formation of stars. Additionally, she is applying machine learning methods to automate image classification from telescope observations which are traditionally done by eye. She is the President of the Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS), a member of Scientific Committee for Antarctic Research (SCAR) Astronomy and Astrophysics from Antarctica, SCAR Antarctic Volcanism, and a representative for APECS at Future Earth, all of which are international collaborative research organizations.  At KU, she was also in the colorguard section of the Marching Jayhawks (2017) and is a member of the Swim Club. 


Mentor: Gregory H. Rudnick, Professor, Physics and Astronomy  

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