University of Hawaii at Hilo

Natural Sciences Division

Department of Physics & Astronomy

Kimberly L. Emig

B.S. Astronomy, B.A. Physics & Minor Mathematics (Class of 2012)

Clubs organizations:

Outreach events: Gemini + Journey Through the Universe, Astroday, etc.
Volunteer at the VIS and for MK Observatories
William Putnam competition

Where you are now and what you're doing:

PhD in Astronomy (expected 2019) at Leiden Observatory, Netherlands

Areas of specialty:

- Research: Active galaxies, ISM of Galaxies, Radio Recombination lines, Radio Astronomy, Spectroscopy, High energy neutrinos

Places you have worked, interned or traveled to for your career:

- Cerro Tololo InterAmerican Observatory in La Serena, Chile (2012)
- Science intern, Gemini Observatory (2012-2013)
- Arizona State University (Masters of Science, Astrophysics), (2013-2015)
- Intern at Hamburg Observatory, Germany (2014)
- Leiden Observatory, Netherlands (2015-2019)
- conferences: Netherlands, Italy, UK, France, Germany, USA (California, Boston, New Mexico, Utah, Washington, Washington DC)
- observing with the GMRT telescope, India (2018)

Brief 1-paragraph bio:

You can call me Kim or Kimi. I’m originally from Pennsylvania and completed my undergraduate at UH Hilo. I then worked as a science intern at Gemini for a year before doing my graduate studies at Arizona State University and the Leiden Observatory. I’m fairly athletic. I love plants (gardening) and nature (exploring it), as well as cooking. I also really like working with kiddos in astronomy outreach. I find academic research fun, interesting and stimulating. I think its highly worthwhile to pursue, even if the end goal is not to stay in academia. I encourage you to try it out for yourself! Please write me if you have any questions (especially about academia, internships, research opportunities). I’m very happy to provide any help that I can.

What attracted you to UH Hilo Physics & Astronomy?

- proximity to the observatories - small size of the department (care and attention that you wont find in larger departments) - Hawaiian culture - nature of Hawaii

Advice for prospective/current students of UH Hilo Physics & Astronomy:

- Volunteer to co-observe at the observatories on Mauna Kea
- take the initiative to find research projects - get experience doing research (even if you feel like you don't know what you are doing!). it provides valuable life tools
- don't hesitate to contact me (and others) if you have any questions about the field! (networking really helps, especially when coming from a smaller department)
- apply for summer internships. in many cases, they are looking to give opportunities to students from smaller universities
- there is a lot of value in continuing on with astronomy research (e.g. doing PhD, etc) even if you don't or don't want to become a professor
- regularly involve yourself in the community


Email address:


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  • (Updated September 2018)