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Amy Smock

Graduate Student, Dept of Astronomy & Steward Observatory, University of Arizona

Research Focus
About Amy

I am a graduate student studying the galactic dynamics of disk galaxies. I create simulations to inform theories of spiral arm evolution, which I compare with observational data. I am also interested in galactic bar evolution, chaotic dynamical systems, and coding hybrid tracer particle and n-body simulations. I enjoy stargazing, swimming, hiking with my dog, playing board games and D&D, and reading/writing fantasy and sci-fi.


2022 - NASA ADAP Grant - University of Arizona

2020 - Doris Sill Carland Excellence in Teaching Award - Bryn Mawr College

2018 - Dr. Michael F. Martens Award - West Chester University of PA


Astronomy and Astrophysics (In Progress), University of Arizona


Physics (Master’s Equivalent), Bryn Mawr College, 05/2022


Physics, West Chester University of Pennsylvania, 05/2018

West Chester University of Pennsylvania, 05/2018

Interested in
  • Mentoring
  • Mentorship
  • Speaking
  • Research Experience
  • Postdoc Fellowships
  • Professional Service (e.g. review panels)
  • Science Outreach
  • Consulting
  • DEI/STEM Community Engagement
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