Department of Astronomy Center for Radiophysics & Space Research

AGN (Astronomy Graduates Network)

The Astronomy Grads Network (AGN) serves to represent and promote the interests and visions of graduate students in the Astronomy Department and Space Sciences Building.  AGN also aims to foster a sense of grad student community, and to increase awareness and enthusiasm for Astronomy at Cornell and within the general public.

To these ends, it holds a variety of events each year, including a weekly Grad Student and Postdoc Seminar (often followed by a informal get-together at the "Red Barn"), ice cream socials, informal dinners with Astronomy faculty, and camping trips to nearby dark sky preserves and the Adirondacks and more.

The AGN are actively involved in organizing outreach events for the larger Ithaca community, such as the "Ask an Astronomer" and Halloween "Museum in the Dark" event (the photo shows Carl Ferkinhoff and Michael Lam making Liquid Nitrogen ice cream at this in 2011).

This includes various funding/fellowship and outreach resources we've collected, contributed by current and former grad students in the department.



Current Officers (2017-2018)

  • President: Jack Madden
  • Vice President: Matt Hankins
  • Treasurers: Victoria Calafut and Avani Gowardhan 
  • Secretary: Andrew Foster
  • Field Rep: Marika Leitner
  • Advisor: David Chernoff

Past Officers


  • President: Paul Corlies
  • Vice President: Sam Birch
  • Treasurer: Cody Lamarche
  • Webmaster/Secretary: Michelle Vick
  • Advisor: David Chernoff


  • President: Michael Lam 
  • Vice President: Yucian Hong 
  • Treasurer: Thea Kozakis 
  • Webmaster/Secretary: Sam Birch 
  • Advisor: David Chernoff


  • President: Tyler Pauly
  • Vice President: Thea Kozakis
  • Treasurer: Mike Jones
  • Webmaster/Secretary: Michael Lam
  • Advisor: David Chernoff


  • President: Tyler Pauly 
  • Vice President: Mike Jones 
  • Treasurer: Eva-Maria Mueller
  • Webmaster/Secretary: Michael Lam 
  • Advisor: David Chernoff


  • President: Joyce Byun
  • Vice President: Tyler Pauly
  • Treasurer: Everett Schlawin 
  • Webmaster/Secretary: Michael Lam
  • Advisor: David Chernoff


  • President: Dan Tamayo 
  • Vice President: Joyce Byun
  • Treasurer: Everett Schlawin
  • Webmaster/Secretary: Patrick Lii 
  • Advisor: David Chernoff


  • President: Carl Ferkinhoff 
  • Vice President: Kassie Wells 
  • Treasurer: Betsey Adams 
  • Secretary/Webmistress: Ann Martin
  • Advisor: Jim Bell