Victoria Strait, a student of Marusa Bradac, was just awarded a DAWN fellowship at the Cosmic Dawn Center in Copenhagen, one of the top astrophysics fellowships in Europe. Victoria was selected from a pool of approximately 100 applicants. She will be studying the star formation in the galaxies at the earliest epoch.
Victoria's research focuses on detecting the most distant galaxies ever observed, which lie in, and were likely responsible for, the Epoch of Reionization: the period of time just after the first stars and galaxies formed and began ionizing the neutral hydrogen in the universe. She is studying the physical mechanisms of star formation in both normal and extreme populations of distant galaxies, and will continue to do so with the James Webb Space Telescope when it launches in October 2021.