Harvard Fellowship for Future Faculty Leaders: Overview

Working within the Department of Astronomy, fellows will develop independent research and earn experience that will launch their careers as faculty leaders. Focuses include forming a vision of broad impact and preparing for success in the next levels of academic research. Fellows will benefit from access to our observational and computing facilities, mentoring in research and professional development from primary faculty sponsors, collaborations within the large community of CfA scientists, and opportunities for teaching and public outreach. This is a three-year fellowship, with yearly appointments contingent on satisfactory performance.

The Fellowship for Future Faculty Leaders (FFL) is part of an initiative to prioritize social justice in scientific research related to astronomy. We seek individuals who will develop and carry out an independent research program in astronomy, and whose research will also contribute to increasing representation and inclusion in this field.

Visit the Application webpage for more information on the fellowship, including important deadlines and requirements.

Current Fellows

Dr. Bryan Terrazas, Ph.D. (Sept. 2019 — Present)
Our newest fellow, Dr. Bryan Terrazas, arrives from the University of Michigan. He studies the mechanisms behind the suppression of star formation (i.e. quiescence) in galaxies, working to develop a more comprehensive theoretical understanding of how black hole-driven feedback may influence the galaxy-baryon cycle as well as how it may affect the observed trends and correlations found in galaxy populations.

Dr. Richard Anantua (Jan. 2019 - Present)
Dr. Richard Anantua arrived following his postdoctoral appointment at the Theoretical Astrophysics Center at UC Berkeley, where he collaborated with Prof. Eliot Quataert. Prior to this, Richard earned his doctoral (2016) and master’s degrees (2013) in physics from Stanford University under Prof. Roger Blandford; his master’s in education policy and management (2014) from Harvard University; and his bachelor’s (2010) in (physics and philosophy) and (economics and mathematics) from Yale University. His research seeks to model near-horizon emission from supermassive black holes in AGN using the methodology of “observing” simulations of jet (or outflow)/accretion disk/black hole (JAB) systems.

Dr. Laura Mayorga (2017 - 2020)
Dr. Mayorga received her PhD and MS in Astronomy from New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, New Mexico, after receiving her BS in Astronomy and Physics from the University of Washington. Her research focuses on the use of data from the Cassini spacecraft to determine the reflected light phase curve of Jupiter, and to use the ground truth of the solar system to prepare for direct imaging studies of extrasolar planets. She is now a Post Doctoral fellow in the SES/SRE division at The Johns Hopkins Applied Research Laboratory.

Dr. Joseph E. Rodriguez, Jr., Ph.D. (2016 - 2019)
Dr. Rodriguez earned his doctorate in physics at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee after receiving a B.S. in astrophysics and psychology at Rutgers College and an M.S. in applied and engineering physics at George Mason University. His research focuses on the discovery and characterization of exoplanets and protoplanetary disks to better understand how planets form and evolve. In January 2021 he will be an assistant Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Michigan State University.

Dr. Trevor Rhone, Ph.D. (2015 - 2019)
Dr. Rhone earned his doctorate at Columbia University in New York. He began his postdoctoral fellowship in the group of Professor Amir Yacoby and Professor Ronald Walsworth in 2015. His research includes investigating materials' properties using NMR spectroscopy based on nitrogen­vacancy centers in diamond. Trevor recently returned from Japan where he worked at NTT Basic Research Labs and the National Institute of Materials Science. His research comprised NMR spectroscopy of two dimensional electron systems and materials informatics, respectively. He is now Assistant Professor at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York.

Dr. Nia Imara, Ph.D. (2014 - 2017)
Dr. Imara earned her doctorate in astrophysics from the University of California, Berkeley and her BA in physics and math from Kenyon College in Ohio. Her research focuses on giant molecular clouds, the birth sites of stars, as well as on the properties and cosmological effects of galactic and intergalactic dust. She is also an organizer for the Banneker & Aztlán Institute at the Center for Astrophysics. She is now Assistant Professor at UC Santa Cruz.

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