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Maura Lally

Astronomy & Space Sciences


I am a first-year graduate student interested in studying exoplanet atmospheres through observation. 

I graduated from Northwestern University in 2021, where I researched gamma ray bursts and their host galaxies with Professor Wen-fai Fong. As an undergraduate I also worked with Professor Andrew Vanderburg (MIT) to investigate the possibility of detecting atmospheric variations from a hot Jupiter’s photometric phase curves. At Northwestern, I enjoyed volunteering for outreach activities (such as CUWiP, mentorship through my SPS chapter, and elementary school classroom astronomy visits), and I look forward to participating in outreach through Cornell and in the Ithaca community as well.

Aside from astronomy, I enjoy hiking, watching movies, and baking (and eating) various desserts.


  • Astronomy