Ricky Egeland

Ricky is a Graduate Research Assistant in the High Altitude Observatory at NCAR. His primary research interests are to study the magnetic cycles of sun-like stars.

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Ricky Egeland, an MSU graduate student in solar physics, is the 2014 winner of the Newkirk Fellowship from the High Altitude Observatory in Boulder, Colo. (MSU photo by Kelly Gorham).

Ricky was awarded the 2014 Newkirk Fellowship from HAO. Newkirk Fellowships are awarded on the basis of academic excellence, scientific potential and the compatibility of the student’s interests with current research at the observatory. His Fellowship will continue until he completes his Ph.D., which he expects will take two or three more years. Although he is located in Boulder, CO, he remains an MSU graduate student.

Phil Judge, who serves on Egeland’s Ph.D. committee and told Egeland about his fellowship, will be Egeland’s supervisor at HAO.

He will study magnetic cycles of sun-like stars to better understand the dynamo mechanism responsible for these cycles. Scientists have long known that the solar cycle is 11 years on average, with the sun transitioning from periods of low activity at solar minimum to high activity at solar maximum. Those of other sun-like stars, however, range between three and 25 years, with some being irregular and some appearing to be devoid of magnetic activity. Solar activity—which can include solar flares and solar wind—can disrupt communication and power systems on Earth.

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