International collaboration, swirling galaxies and an exploding steam pipe all defined summer 2018 for attendees of the Kavli Summer Program in Astrophysics, hosted at the Flatiron Institute’s Center for Computational Astrophysics (CCA).
Over six weeks, 17 graduate students participated in this annual learning and research opportunity that connects students with senior-scientist mentors. The students listened to lectures from experts in the field and worked on research projects that yielded significant discoveries. Participants formed strong bonds, with a diverse group of graduate students, postdoctoral researchers and established faculty members coming together in the spirit of collaboration and scientific discovery.
“Afterwards, we had so much positive feedback from both students and mentors about how invigorating it was and how much they learned,” says Greg Bryan. He and Rachel Somerville co-directed the Kavli program and co-lead the CCA’s galaxy-formation group. “It was a chance for some of the best students, postdocs and faculty to come together and forge ties, learn about the field as a whole and make real contributions,” he says.