Great News for my Friend and Student, Vikram Singh, Top Graduating Man from the University of Wyoming

April 30th, 2016

Here’s the article/press release from the University. Here’s the key bit relating to Vikram’s research with me:

He received an EPSCoR (Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research) grant in 2014 and started research with UW Department of Physics and Astronomy Professor Mike Brotherton, studying supermassive black holes. They have since published a paper together and are working on another project this semester. Singh is in Brotherton’s graduate-level cosmology class, and is a collaborator in Brotherton’s research projects involving his specialty, quasars.

“Vikram is a very special student, one that comes along rarely,” Brotherton says. “He is comparable to the best 3-4 students (out of 30-40) I’ve worked closely with over the past two decades.”

His research has allowed Singh to travel extensively in the United States. Last summer, he was an intern at one of the world’s leading astrophysics institutes, JIVE, in the Netherlands. He studied exotic radio galaxies using the world’s largest telescope array, and will be co-author of a paper when the results are published.

Vikram and I are indeed working on a new project — him leading this time — that he will present at an American Astronomical Society meeting in San Diego in early June.

It’s really gratifying to see students you invest not just your time in, but your heart as well, make good and be recognized in the world. It’s one of the best things about being a professor.


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