Professor Andrew West was awarded a 5-year National Science Foundation CAREER grant, one of only five such grants in the field of Astronomy in 2013. He was also awarded a Cottrell grant from the Research Corporation for Scientific Advancement. Both very prestigious awards support highly promising young faculty members. In addition, Professor West had an asteroid named after him for his work on the Sloan Digital Sky Survey: http://ssd.jpl.nasa.gov/sbdb.cgi?sstr=173872.
Graduate Student Sadia Hoq (advisor: Professor Dan Clemens) was awarded one of 11 Chambliss Astronomy Achievement Student Awards in the graduate student category for her January 2013 poster paper at the American Astronomical Society Meeting in Long Beach, CA. The paper was entitled “Using Open Star Clusters to Probe the Small-Scale Characteristics of the Galactic Magnetic Field.”
Kolby Weisenburger (advisor: Professor West) was awarded a Chambliss Astronomy Achievement Student Award at the same meeting in the undergraduate student category. Her paper was entitled “An Activity-Rotation Relationship and Kinematic Analysis of Nearby M Dwarfs.”
At the 2014 AAS Meeting in National Harbor, MD, BU graduate student Dylan Morgan also won a Chambliss Astronomy Achievement Student Award for his poster entitled “Quantifying the Age-Activity Relation Using Wide WD+DM Pairs.”