Welcome Incoming Physics & Astronomy Student, Chris Carroll

On August 23, 2013 by Grad Forum

carroll_physics_thumbnailChris Carroll is an incoming first year graduate student pursuing a PhD in the Department of Physics and Astronomy. Originally from Blackwood, NJ, Carroll is coming from Rutgers University where he earned a BS in astrophysics. While at Rutgers, Carroll worked with Professor Eric Gawiser examining simulations produced by the Large Scale Synoptic Telescope (LSST) Operations Simulator. By analyzing these simulations, he sought to optimize telescope usage for collecting cosmological data from supernovae, which in turn puts constraints on what is known about dark energy.

Carroll decided to pursue a graduate degree because he believes “everyone owes it to the human race to develop themselves to the best of their ability, whether that means becoming the best brick layer you can be, or going to graduate school to study the laws of the universe. I believe this is the only way we can survive and thrive as a species, overcoming past obstacles and ignorance to reach an enlightened stance and unity.”

Carroll chose Dartmouth specifically for the close-knit department, emphasis on teaching, and the beautiful location. He plans to focus on astronomy while at Dartmouth and is excited to gain a deeper understanding of the subject while making new friends and associates in the field.

Outside of academics, Carroll loves reading science fiction and fantasy, cooking, board games, live music, and the outdoors. Carroll is excited for a change of scenery, a change of pace, and a great first year.

by Mackenzie Jones

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