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Women in Astronomy



The Indiana University Astronomy Department receives high marks for its friendly and supportive atmosphere for students.



Catherine "Caty" Pilachowski
(Professor and Daniel Kirkwood Chair in Astronomy Ph.D. University of Hawaii, 1975) explores the evolution of stars and the Milky Way through the study of the composition of stars.

Eileen Friel
(Professor, Ph.D. University of California, Santa Cruz, 1986) studies the formation and evolution of the Milky Way by using star clusters and stellar populations as chemical and dynamical probes.

Phyllis Lugger
(Professor, Ph.D. Harvard University, 1982) studies the dynamics of globular star clusters and interacting binary stars using the Hubble Space Telescope, Chandra X-ray Observatory, and WIYN telescope.

Katherine Rhode
(Associate Professor, Ph.D. Yale University, 2003) studies the origin and evolution of galaxies by quantifying the ensemble properties of their globular cluster systems.

Liese van Zee
(Professor, Ph.D. Cornell University, 1996) studies the evolution and star formation history of galaxies, including stellar population models and elemental enrichment.

Graduate Women

  • Samantha Brunker
  • Hannah Pagel
  • Jennifer Sieben
  • Qinghui Sun
  • Maria Tiongco
  • Amanda Winans