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2012 Dean’s Scholar recipient, Aparna Venkatesan, has been chosen for the award in large part for her contributions in theoretical cosmology. Her work is currently being used by others to help detect the first sources of light in the universe and to constrain the physical conditions in primordial galaxies. In 2010, Dr. Venkatesan was awarded a Single Investigator Cottrell College Science Award by the private foundation Research Corporation for Science Advancement, recently extended until 2013.
Dr. Venkatesan holds a Ph.D. in Astronomy and Astrophysics from The University of Chicago and she joined USF’s physics department in 2006. Since then, she has developed a research program in cosmology that has received significant external recognition as well as grants. In May of 2012, she was awarded the USF Jesuit Foundation Grant to develop a new course at USF entitled, “A History of Astronomy: Ancients, Jesuits and Modern Cosmology.”