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Christina Peters

PhD Candidate

Christina Peters

Office: Disque Hall 813
Phone: 215.895.2720
Email: christina.m.peters@drexel.edu


Education

  • BA in Physics, Goshen College 2010
  • MS in Physics, Drexel University 2012

Research Interests

Quasar Classification

Current Research

I study quasars, galaxies with black holes that are actively accreting (eating) stars, gas and dust, and the very basic, but very important, challenge of object classification in the context of massive amounts of data. My project attempts to perform the most complete and efficient identification of quasars possible by simultaneously using the distinctive and quantifiable characteristics of color and variability to distinguish quasars from other objects in the sky.

Advisor

Dr. Gordon Richards

Awards

  • 3rd Place Poster Category, College of Arts and Sciences Research Days, Drexel University, 2014
  • Chambliss Astronomy Achievement Student Award, American Astronomical Society, 2014
  • College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s Fellowship, Drexel University, 2010-2012

Extracurricular Activities

  • Vice-President, Physics Graduate Student Association
  • Two Time Finisher, Philadelphia Marathon