Rosa Wallace receives the 2017 Chambliss Medal

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Rosa Wallace received the 2017 Chambliss Astronomy Achievement Student Award, which recognizes exemplary research by undergraduate and graduate students who present posters at meetings of the American Astronomical Society (AAS).

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Rosa Wallace

Rosa was a 2016 summer REU student who was hosted by NCAR/HAO and CU/LASP. Her summer project focused on deriving 3D structure of the solar corona by employing a data-driven 3D PFSS (Potential Field Source Surface) model; her outstanding performance won her student financial support to the 229th AAS (American Astronomical Society) meeting held in January 2017 in Grapevine, Texas. Rosa's AAS poster presentation qualified her to be one of nine recipients for the prestigious Chambliss Award from a pool of 120 undergraduate participants.

During last summer, Rosa worked with Mausumi Dikpati, Giuliana de Toma and Joan Burkepile. Rosa used white light images of the solar corona from HAO's Mauna Loa Solar Observatory and using her data-driven model extrapolated which solar minimum corona reached a dipolar configuration and which showed a departure. Currently she is a undergraduate student at the University of Colorado Denver and student visitor at HAO. Rosa's goal is to complete a substantial research paper that details how 3D structure of corona varies as function of cycle phase, when lower order or higher order multipole dominate, in an entire cycle.