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Levesque Named ARCS Scholar of the Year

Emily Levesque
Emily Levesque

IfA graduate student Emily Levesque has been named 2009 Achievement Rewards for College Scientists (ARCS) Scholar of the Year. She also received the 2009 Helen Jones Farrar Award in Astronomy from ARCS.

Each spring, the ARCS Foundation presents the Helen Jones Farrar Award to an outstanding Institute for Astronomy graduate student. The award serves as a memorial to the late Helen Jones Farrar, a Honolulu woman who was fascinated by science and astronomy. The Scholar of the Year award goes to a UH PhD student in science, medicine, or engineering whose work is judged to be the most excellent that year out of all the departmental winners.

Levesque is working on a dissertation entitled "Exploring the Environments of Long-Duration Gamma-Ray Bursts." She came to IfA in 2006 from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she majored in physics. While working with Dr. Philip Massey at MIT, she was part of a team that discovered three red supergiant stars that were larger than any previously known.

As the winner of a three-year Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship, Levesque has been working on her dissertation at Harvard's Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory with visits to IfA to consult with her dissertation committee. She also received the 2008 University Research Council Student Award for excellence in master's level research.