Mr. Putko presented a poster on his research that he began in college at the recent meeting of the American Astronomical Society (AAS). The AAS is the largest organization of professional astronomers in the country, and 2,000 scientific presentations were packed into four days during the meeting. A few hundred of these involved undergraduate students.
Shortly after the conference, Mr. Putko received this message from the AAS: “On behalf of AAS President Dr. C. Megan Urry and AAS Executive Officer Dr. Kevin B. Marvel, congratulations! You are one of five undergraduate student medalists in the Chambliss Astronomy Achievement Award Student Prize competition for the 225th AAS Meeting.”
The AAS website states that the Chambliss Astronomy Achievement Student Award is given to recognize exemplary research. Mr. Putko’s poster was titled “Expansion of the optical remnant from Tycho’s supernova.” In this project, he measured and analyzed how a star’s explosion is still racing across space hundreds of years after the explosion.