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Ross Jennings



I have been a Ph.D. student in the Cornell Physics Department since Fall 2015. Currently, I work with Professor Jim Cordes as part of the NANOGrav Physics Frontiers Center. We hope to detect low-frequency (nanohertz) gravitational waves by timing the radio pulses emitted by millisecond pulsars. Within the collaboration, my work focuses on characterizing sources of noise and identifying unexplained signals in the pulsar timing data.

I completed my undergraduate studies at Carleton College, graduating in 2015 with a B.A. in Mathematics and Physics. At Carleton, I worked with Professor Jay Tasson on identifying observational signatures of Lorentz symmetry breaking in binary pulsars. As an REU student at the University of Michigan in the summer of 2014, I helped discover several new trans-Neptunian objects, including 2012 VS113 and 2013 RB98.

Outside of my research, I am an avid swing dancer -- you can find me dancing at the Big Red Barn most Monday nights, and occasionally at dances and workshops in other nearby cities


  • Physics
  • Carl Sagan Institute
  • Astronomy

Graduate Fields

  • Astronomy & Space Sciences
  • Physics


Advisor: Professor James Cordes


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