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Duncombe Prize - Past Winners

This page lists all past winners of the Duncombe Student Research Prize.

Year Winner Institution Advisor Presentation
2023 Sergio Best Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile   Influence of cold Jupiters in the formation of close-in planets
Barry Ginat Technion Israel Institute of Technology   Resonant Dynamical Friction at The Galactic Center
Sanaea Rose University of California, Los Angeles   Stellar Collisions in the Galactic Center
Ricardo Yarza University of California, Santa Cruz   The hydrodynamics of planetary engulfment
2022 Scott Lucchini U Wisconsin, Madison Elena D'Onghia The Magellanic Stream at 20 kpc: A New Orbital History for the Magellanic Clouds
Maddie Lucey University of Texas at Austin Keith Hawkins Constraining the length and pattern speed of the Milky Way bar from direct orbit integration
Mor Rozner Technion Israel Institute of Technology Hagai Perets Binary evolution, gravitational-wave mergers and explosive transients in multiple-populations gas-enriched globular-clusters
Roberto Tejada Arevalo Princeton University Dan Tamayo Stability Constrained Characterization of the 23 Myr-old V1298 Tau System: Do Young Planets Form in Mean Motion Resonance Chains?
2021 Jiayin Dong Penn State

Rebekah Dawson

Boundary Layer Circumplanetary Accretion: How Fast Could an Unmagnetized Planet Spin Up Through Its Disk?
Arcelia Hermosillo Ruiz University of California, Santa Cruz Ruth Murray-Clay The Impact of Stochastic Migration on Weak Resonances in The Kuiper Belt
Tatsuya Akiba University of Colorado Boulder

Ann-Marie Madigan

The Beginning of an END
Max Goldberg
California Institute of Technology

Konstantin Batygin

A Tidal Origin for a 3-body Resonance in Kepler-221
2020 Emma Lieb University of Colorado Boulder

Angela Collier

Leading Spiral Arms in Isolated Disc Galaxies -- Duncombe Student Research Prize Winner
Jorge Pérez-Hernández     Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico 

Luis Benet

The Yarkovsky effect for (99942) Apophis and observational predictions for the upcoming 2020-2021 close approach to Earth
Malena Rice Yale University

Gregory Laughlin

Surveying the Trans-Neptunian Solar System with TESS
Yubo Su Cornell University Dong Lai Dynamics of Colombo's Top: Generating Exoplanet Obliquities from Planet-Disk Interactions
2019 Yuxi Lu University of Maryland Doug Hamilton Simulating Saturn's A ring edge with a single chain of gravitationally-interacting particles
Ekta Patel University of Arizona Gurtina Besla Dynamics of Local Group satellite galaxies in the era of high precision astrometry
Bonan Pu Cornell University Dong Lai Low-eccentricity formation of ultra-short period planets in multi-planet systems
Darryl Seligman Yale University Greg Laughlin On the anomalous acceleration of 1I/2017 U1 `Oumuamua
2018 Kassandra Anderson Cornell University Dong Lai Teetering stars: resonant excitation of stellar obliquities by hot and warm Jupiters with external companions
Elizabeth Bailey California Institute of Technology Konstantin Batygin Probing the parameters of the HAT-P-2 system
Tali Khain University of Michigan Fred Adams The generation of the distant Kuiper belt by planet nine from an initially broad perihelion distribution
Sarah Millholland Yale University Greg Laughlin On the obliquities of planets in close-in, compact systems
2017 Alex Davis University of Colorado, Boulder Daniel Scheeres Constraining Binary Asteroid Mass Distributions Based on Mutual Dynamics
Michelle Vick Cornell University Dong Lai Dynamical Tides in Highly Eccentric Binaries: Chaos, Dissipation and Quasi-Steady State
Robert Chancia University of Idaho Matthew Hedman Weighing Uranus' Moon Cressida with the η Ring
2016 Maria Tiongco Indiana University Enrico Vesperini Effects of Dynamical Evolution on the Internal Kinematical Properties of Star Clusters
Eva Bodman University of Rochester Alice Quillen Cometary Source for the Strange Behavior of KIC 8462852
Indranil Banik University of St Andrews Hong Sheng Zhao Anomalous Motions in the Local Group: Evidence of a Past Milky Way Andromeda Flyby
2015 Juliette Becker University of Michigan Fred Adams Inclination Excitation in Compact Extrasolar Planetary Systems
Peter Buhler California Institute of Technology Konstantin Batygin Dialing the Love Number of Hot Jupiter HAT-P-13b
Gongjie Li Harvard University Avi Loeb On the Spin-axis Dynamics of the Earth
Chris Spalding California Institute of Technology Konstantin Batygin Secular star-disk coupling and the origin of exoplanetary spin-orbit misalignments
2014 Nicholas Attree Queen Mary, University of London Carl Murray Collisional Features in Saturn's F Ring
Melissa Dykhuis University of Arizona Richard Greenberg Defining the Flora Family: Reflectance Properties and Age
Natalia Storch Cornell University Dong Lai Chaotic Dynamics of Stellar Spin in Binaries and the Production of Misaligned Hot Jupiters
2013 South American Award Winners
Cristian Giuppone IATE-OAC, Cordoba, Aregentina Alexandre Correia Stability criteria in real planetary systems
Andre Izidoro UNESP, Guaratingueta, Brazil Othon Winter Non-uniform distributions of protoplanetary bodies as a pre-requisite for the formation of a low-mass Mars
Rest of the World Award Winners
Audrey Compère University of Namur Anne Lemaitre Dynamical explanation for the lack of binary asteroids among the Plutinos
Katherine Deck Massachusetts Institute of Technology Matthew J. Holman Rapid Dynamical Chaos in an Exoplanetary System
Aaron Rosengren University of Colorado, Boulder Daniel Scheeres The Milankovitch orbital elements and their application to the long-term orbit evolution of planetary satellites subject to radiation and gravitational perturbations
2012 Nathaniel Hamlin University of California, Los Angeles William Newman The Role of Magnetic Fields in Relativistic Astrophysical Jets
Erika Nesvold University of Maryland, Baltimore County March Kuchner
NASA Goddard
A New Method for Modeling Collisions in Debris Disks
Christa Van Laerhoven University of Arizona Rick Greenberg Secular Dynamics of the Kepler-11 System
2011 Rebekah Dawson Harvard University Ruth Murray-Clay Secular Constraints on the Dynamical History of the Solar System
Daniel Jontof-Hutter University of Maryland Douglas Hamilton Stability of Charged Grains in Planetary Rings
Sarah Miller Oxford University and California Institute of Technology Richard Ellis The Assembly History of Disk Galaxies: The Tully-Fisher Relation and Dynamical Mass Estimates to z=1.3
2010 Adrian Barker University of Cambridge Gordon Ogilvie Internal wave breaking and the fate of planets around solar-type stars
Justin Comparetta University of Rochester Alice Quillen Instabilities in tidal tails
Tyler Mitchell University of Colorado, Boulder Glen Stewart A New Method for Modeling Collisions in Debris Disks
Daniel Tamayo Cornell University Joe Burns The exogenous origin of Iapetus' dark material
2009 Julia Comerford University of California, Berkeley Marc Davis The Dynamics of Black Holes in Galaxy Mergers: A New Observational Technique for Identifying Mergers
Ashley Espy Univeristy of Florida Stanley Dermott A Dynamical Model of a Still-Forming Zodiacal Dust Band as Constrained by IRAS
2008 Clement Baruteau CEA Saclay, France Frederic Masset Planetary migration in a self-gravitating gaseous disk
Althea Moorhead University of Michigan Fred Adams Evolution of giant planet orbits in a turbulent circumstellar disk
2007 Chris Stark University of Maryland Marc Kuchner Debris Disk Structures Induced by Terrestrial-Mass Planets
Genya Takeda Northwestern University Fred Rasio Secular Evolution of Planets in Binary Systems
2006 Ivan Minchev University of Rochester Alice Quillen Radial Heating of a Galactic Disk by Multiple Spiral Density Waves
Kevin Walsh University of Maryland Derek Richardson A Steady-State Model of NEA Binaries Formed via Tidal Disruption
2005 Ruth Murray-Clay University of California, Berkeley Eugene Chiang A Signature of Planetary Migration: The Origin of Asymmetric Capture in the 2:1 Resonance
Ke Zhang University of Maryland Douglas Hamilton Dynamics of Neptune's Small Satellites
2004 Sean Raymond University of Washington Tom Quinn Making other Earths: Dynamical Simulations of Terrestrial Planet Formation and Water Delivery
Dimitri Veras University of Colorado, Boulder Phil Armitage The Dynamics of Two Planets on Inclined Orbits
2003 Rory Barnes University of Washington Tom Quinn Planet scattering and exoplanet orbits
Edwin Sirko Princeton University Jeremy Goodman Galactic Halo
2002 Matija Cuk Cornell University Joe Burns New Secular Resonances Involving the Irregular Satellites of Saturn
Milos Milosavljevic Rutgers University David Merritt Dynamics of Galactic Nuclei
2001 Eric Barnes Louisiana State University Joel Tohline Characterizing 3D Stellar Orbits with Correlation Integrals
Britt Scharringhausen Cornell University Phil Nicholson Adaptive Optics Observations of Saturn's Inner Moons
2000 Joseph Adams University of Massachusetts   Results on the Structure and Mass of the Pleiades from a 2MASS-USNO Proper Motion Search
Robert Salow Ohio University   Self-Consistent Models of Eccentric Nuclear Disks
1999 Jacob Bak Ohio University   Properties of Cores Formed by Retrograde Minor Mergers
Steven Deines Iowa State University   Apparent Deceleration of the Lunar Mean Motion and the Uncompensated Time Dilation in Timescales
1998 Elena Grocheva Pulkovo Observatory   Applications of Probability Theory to the Identification and Analysis of Binary Star Systems
Jounghun Lee University of Kansas   The Cosmological Mass Distribution Function in the Zel'dovich Approximation
1997 Dana Dinescu Yale University   Tangential Velocities of Southern Globular Clusters: New Results
Francis Wilkins University of California, Berkeley   Analytic Solutions for Non-Axisytnmetric Stellar Wind Bow Shocks and Binary Wind Collisions
1996 Jose Luis Alvarellos San Jose State University   Orbital Stability of Hypothetical Distant Satellites of the Jovian Planets
Kevin Grazier University of California, Los Angeles   Integrators for Long-Term Solar System Dynamical Simulations
1995 Julia Espresate-Eibenschutz State University of New York, Stony Brook   Transient Torque on a Dissipation-less Annulus at the 2:1 Orbital Resonance
Jane Morrison University of Florida   Re-reduction of the Southern Polar Zone of the Yale Photographic Catalog