Students lead 8.7% of selected proposals, according to the Space Telescope Science Institute. Ph.D. Student Thomas Lai, who is scheduled to graduate in May with a doctorate in physics and astronomy, is leading an international team of 10 other researchers on a project titled “How Do the Small Survive.” They will observe a galaxy called II Zw 40 that is roughly 33 million light years away from Earth and hosts one of the most intensive star-forming regions in the local universe.
There were more than 1,000 submitted proposals, with 286 selected by NASA. UT is sixth among all institutions worldwide in terms of successful proposals for the first cycle of the James Webb Space Telescope, which will begin observing the universe after it unfolds in 2022.
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