Jacob Isbell

Jacob Isbell, Undergraduate student, Physics and Astronomy

Observes galactic collisions

• What is your area of research or scholarship? I study galaxy evolution, specifically, what happens to the central black holes when galaxies merge together.
• In simple terms, why does this research matter? Looking at distant galaxies is looking into the past, and by understanding how galaxies grow we can figure out how the Milky Way, and the Earth, came to be.
• Degree program and graduation: I am double majoring in Physics and Astronomy with dual minors in Mathematics and Computer Science. I will graduate in May 2018.
• Hometown: Garrison, IA.
• Faculty Mentor: Dr. Hai Fu
• What are your career goals? Next fall I plan to enter a Ph.D. program in Astronomy, and after that I aim to continue research and become a professor.

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