Claire Kopenhafer

  • Program Years: 2017-2021
  • Academic Institution: Michigan State University
  • Field of Study: Astrophysics
  • Academic Advisor: Brian O'Shea
  • Practicum(s):
    Sandia National Laboratories, New Mexico (2019)
  • Degree(s):
    B.S. Physics, Michigan State University, 2017

Current Status

  • Research Area: Astrophysics


"The breakBRD Breakdown: Using IllustrisTNG to Track the Quenching of an Observationally-Motivated Sample of Centrally Star-Forming Galaxies", Kopenhafer, C., et al. 2020, The Astrophysical Journal, 903, 2
"Experimental Validation of Dense Plasma Transport Models using the Z-Machine", Beckwith, K. R. C., Knapp, P. F., Haack, J. R., Cochran, K., Clay III, R., Kopenhafer, C., Stanek, L., Mattsson, T. R., Murillo, M. S., et al. 2019, SAND2019-13007
"What Is Inside Matters: Simulated Green Valley Galaxies Have too Centrally Concentrated Star Formation", Starkenburg, T. K., Tonnesen, S., Kopenhafer, C. 2019, Astrophysical Journal Letters, 874, 2
"Modeling the Effects of Star Formation with a Volumetric Feedback Model", Kopenhafer, C., O'Shea, B. W. 2018, Journal of Computational Science Education, 9, 1


Early Start Graduate Fellowship (2017)
Rasmussen Doctoral Recruitment Award (2017)
Carl Foiles Outstanding Graduating Senior (2017)
Lawrence Hantel Fellowship (2016)
Bruce VerWest Outstanding Junior (2016)
Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Assistant (2016)
Forest Akers Endowed Scholarship (2014)
Office of Study Abroad Academic Excellence Award (2014)
Undergraduate Research Grant (2014)
Distinguished Freshman Scholarship (2013-2017)
Dean's Honor List (2013-2017)
Professorial Assistantship (2013-2015)