Dr Mahmuda Afrin Badhan
Research Associate

Dr Mahmuda Afrin Badhan


University of Maryland (UMD), College Park, Maryland, United States of America
Ph.D. in Astronomy – completed: August 2019, degree conferred: December 2019

Ph.D. Dissertation Title: Above the Clouds: 1-D Modeling of Observations of Tidally Locked Extrasolar Worlds

M.Sc. in Astronomy – December 2013; CGPA: 3.6/4.0
Academic Advisors: Professor Drake Deming (Ph. D. dissertation), Professor Richard Mushotzky (M. Sc.)

Mount Holyoke College (MHC), South Hadley, Massachusetts, United States of America
B.A. in Astronomy, B.A. Physics – May 2011; Major GPAs: 4.0, Cumulative GPA: 3.9/4.0 – Magna Cum Laude Academic Advisors: Professors Janice Hudgings (Physics) & Melinda Darby Dyar (Astronomy)

School of Physics

I come from an exoplanet atmospheric research background. I am on the Veloce team here at UNSW Sydney, working on data reduction from the spectrograph. Prior to moving to Sydney for this position, I did my PhD at University of Maryland and conducted my research work at the nearby NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. My PhD work was mainly theoretical and empirical in nature, and I modeled and interpreted atmosphere predictions of planets we expect to be able to observe with space missions (JWST, LUVOIR, HabEx, etc.) Here at UNSW, where my work is focused on supporting the reduction and analysis of data from a ground-based telescope instrument, I am learning entirely new skills, including observing. 

Astro office block on the 1st floor of the Old Main Building

GRC Student Travel Grant: awarded by SOC to attend the Gordon Research Conference on Origins of Solar Systems June ’17

AbSciCon Travel Grant: awarded by the NASA Astrobiology Institute (NAI) to attend the AbSciCon 2017 March ’17 

UMCP Jacob K. Goldhaber Travel Award: awarded by the Graduate School (GS) to attend the 228th AAS meeting May ’16 1st Place, Physics & Astro

GRAD 2016: travel award for best oral presentation in campus-wide thesis competition April ’16

Dean’s Fellowship: recruitment fellowship awarded by the GS to the top students in the incoming class Fall ’11– Spring ’13

Rogers D. Rusk Memorial Prize: departmental prize awarded to a major for showing distinction in physics May ’11

MHC Leadership Awards: merit-based scholarship awarded for exemplary secondary school records Fall ’07–Spring ’11

Honor Societies: ΔΑΠ (Students with Disabilities, 2014—), ΣΞ (Scientific Research, 2011—), ΣΠΣ (Physics, 2010—)