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#WCWinSTEM: Camille Avestruz, Ph.D.


This week’s #WCWinSTEM is Dr. Camille Avestruz, Provost Postdoctoral Scholar at the University of Chicago. 

As compiled by Chrystelle Vilfranc

Our #WCWinSTEM is Dr. Camille Avestruz, a joint fellow at the Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics and the Enrico Fermi Institute at the University of Chicago. She is a Provost Postdoctoral Scholar. Dr. Avestruz received a B.A. in physics, mathematics and dancer at Barnard College. She then went on to complete her Ph.D. in physics at Yale University. For her dissertation work, Avestruz used hydrodynamic cosmological simulations to model the evolution of galaxy clusters. She developed a module to follow the growth of supermassive black holes and the effects of black holes in the intracluster medium. Avestruz used simulations to employ synthetic observations to study biases that could affect recent and ongoing measurements of the outer regions of galaxy clusters.Her dissertation work won the American Astronomical Society Beth Brown Memorial Prize and an honorable mention for the American Astronomical Society Rodger Doxsey Dissertation Prize. Sheesh! She’s brilliant!

Camille has received a number of fellowships and awards in support of her research.  She has received funding from the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, the Fisk-Vanderbilt Dissertation Completion Award, the Social Science Research Council-Mellon Mays Foundation Graduate Studies Enhancement Grant, the D. Allan Bromley Fellowship, and the Paul K. and Evalyn Elizabeth Cook Richter Fellowship.

Currently Avestruz works at the interface of astrophysics and cosmology. She hopes to expand her research to explore how astrophysical processes affect observations of galaxy clusters and cosmological inference. She’s doing big things and we are so pleased to have her as a long time supporter and member of the #VanguardSTEM family!

If you are a more seasoned #VanguardSTEM family member, you may recall that Dr. Avestruz appeared on one of our past shows regarding summer planing and being sure to have the most productive yet self-loving summer ever. But in case you’re new or in case you may have missed it, be sure to go back and check out, “VanguardSTEM does Summer Planning!


Thank you so much Dr. Camille Avestruz for your continuous support of #VanguardSTEM! Thanks for all that you do to contribute to the world of #STEM! 

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