Current Graduate Students


Steven Giacalone


I’m a graduate student in the Department of Astronomy at UC Berkeley. My research interests mostly involve exoplanets and planetary science. I work with Professor Courtney Dressing building tools to statistically validate TESS planet candidates.

I attended college at the University of Chicago, where I graduated in 2017 with a BA in Physics and a specialization in Astrophysics. While in college, I had the pleasure of working on a variety of astrophysics-related projects. These projects involved, for instance, studying Transit Timing Variations in the orbits of rocky exoplanets, simulating exoplanet migration and the occurrence of “hot Earths,” and modeling dust transport in protoplanetary disks.