Erin Hayes

Erin Hayes

  • Scholar-elect
  • United States
  • 2022 PhD Astronomy
  • Lucy Cavendish College

During my first semester as a student at the University of Pennsylvania, I developed an insatiable curiosity for astrophysics in my introductory physics class. Soon after, I became involved in research on dark matter and the transient universe, including black holes, microlensing, and supernovae. My curiosity, combined with research experience, grew into a B.A. and M.Sc. in physics from the University of Pennsylvania and a desire to pursue a PhD in astronomy. Additionally, it spurred in me a passion for encouraging more young women to pursue a STEM education, which I have enjoyed doing as a mentor and tutor. At the University of Cambridge’s Institute of Astronomy, I will study supernovae in the near infrared as a probe of the accelerated expansion of the universe. In addition, I will continue my efforts to increase the involvement of women and underrepresented groups in physics through mentorship and advocacy. I look forward to being part of the Gates-Cambridge community to learn from and engage with scholars who are actively working to improve the lives of others in every field.

Previous Education

University of Pennsylvania Physics 2022