Viraj is currently earning his Ph.D. in Astronomy & Astrophysics from U.C. Santa Cruz. He received his B.A. in Mathematics & Economics with a minor in Astronomy from Rutgers University, and was a post-baccalaureate student at Princeton University. Viraj is the recipient of the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, as well as an Osterbrock Leadership Fellow, both at U.C. Santa Cruz.