Degree: Master of Science, Physics
Hometown: Hefei, China
"UMass Dartmouth is a relatively small community but remains active in research."
Zhuangzi, an ancient Chinese philosopher who lived two thousand year ago, has told us a fable: There was a hunchback who could catch cicadas from tall trees with a sticky pole as easily as though he were grabbing them from his pocket with his hand.
When asked about his trick, he answered: "When catching cicadas, I hold my body like a stiff tree trunk and use my arm like an old dry limb. In spite of the vastness of the world and the diversity of all creation, the wing of cicada is my whole universe. Never wavering, never distracted, never shifting my attention from the cicada wing to anything else in the world. So, how can I help but succeed?"
I began my physics Master's degree at UMass Dartmouth, joining Dr. Robert Fisher’s computational astrophysics group in 2011, where I mainly focus on computational and theoretical stellar astrophysics. My research interests have focused on the double-degenerate model of Type Ia supernovae, in which the merger of a binary white dwarf system leads to a detonation.
This year we submitted a paper to the Astrophysical Journal. In this paper, we examined the process of white dwarf mergers in detailed numerical simulations which, for the first time, include the role of the magnetic field in detail.
Due to my outstanding academic performance, I was offered PhD program admission and received the Paxton Fellowship in Theoretical Astrophysics from the Physics Department at the University of California at Santa Barbara, and will start my PhD study there in the coming fall.
UMass Dartmouth is a relatively small community but remains active in research.
I met Prof. Fisher and Prof. Hsu from the UMass Dartmouth Physics Department at an international conference held in 2009, where both presented amazing research work on theoretical particle physics and astrophysics respectively. Their excellent work fascinated me and finally persuaded me to pursue my MS degree at UMass Dartmouth.
My academic development in the past two years demonstrates that studying at UMass Dartmouth is a wise choice.