September 23, 2007

Case Western Reserve University Astronomy Alumnus Funds Seyfert Prize Fellowship

The Department of Astronomy is pleased to announce the establishment of the Carl K. Seyfert Prize Fellowship for Undergraduate Research. The Fellowship will support one undergraduate student each summer to come to Cleveland and work on cutting-edge astronomical research with Case Western Reserve University faculty members. The Seyfert Fellow will be awarded based on a national competition each spring.

The Fellowship's namesake, Dr. Carl Seyfert (1911-1960) was a Cleveland-born astronomer who worked on a variety of subjects, including stellar and galactic astronomy, and astronomical instrumentation. He was a pioneer in the study of spiral galaxies with bright emission-line nuclei. Such galaxies are now referred to as "Seyfert galaxies," and are believed to host supermassive black holes at their centers which drive their nuclear activity.

Dr. Seyfert was also a member of the Warner and Swasey Observatory at Case Western Reserve University from 1942-1946, where he used the Burrell Schmidt wide-field telescope to study the luminosity function of stars in the Milky Way.

The Seyfert Fellowship has been made possible by a generous contribution from Case Western Reserve University Astronomy alumnus Dr. Anthony J. Wasilewski, whose doctoral thesis ("The space density and clustering properties of a new sample of emission-line galaxies") was based in part on Seyfert's pioneering work on active galaxies.

For more information about giving to Case Western Reserve University, please contact the development office at (216)368-4352.

Posted by: Amy Raufman September 23, 2007 02:39 PM | Category: College of Arts and Sciences , Individuals , Priorities , Research Support , Schools , Student Investment