Amanda Pagul
apagul@uchicago.edu | 212-470-8596 | 751 Wycliffe, Irvine, CA 92602
EDUCATION
University of California, Riverside 
Expected Ph.D. in Physics and Astronomy
Advisor: Dr. Bahram Mobasher
The University of Chicago 
Bachelor of Arts, Physics with a Specialization in Astronomy and Astrophysics
BA Thesis: A Study of the Large-Scale Structure Using Counts-In-Cells within the Dark Energy Survey  
Advisor: Dr. Joshua Frieman
RESEARCH EXPERIENCE
University of California, Riverside 
NASA FIELDS Research Assistant for Bahram Mobasher, PhD 
September 2015 - Present
• Analyzed Hubble Frontier Fields (HFF) images by extracting galaxies and measuring their       
  photometry using Source Extractor, creating one of the first catalogs of this data for public use
• Performed PSF-matching between Hubble, HAWK-I, MOSFIRE, and Spitzer data using TPHOT
• Modelled cluster galaxies and intra-cluster light (ICL) to understand both morphology and faint 
  galaxies engulfed by cluster light
• Extracted galaxy properties, including redshift, stellar mass, star formation rate, and age, by fitting 
  photometry to multiple spectral energy distribution (SED) codes 

University of Chicago, Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics
Research Assistant for Joshua Frieman, PhD 
January 2014 - Present
• Worked with simulations (MICE) and the Dark Energy Survey (DES) data to compute density 
  fluctuations that constrain cosmological parameters and calculate dark matter/luminous matter bias
• Used counts-in-cells technique to more easily constrain higher order bias terms and compared with 
  two-point correlation function measurements

Instituto de Física Teórica and CIEMAT in Madrid, Spain 
Research Assistant for the Dark Energy Survey 
Summer 2014 
Supervisors: Dr. Juan García-Bellido and Dr. Eusebio Sánchez
• Contributed to the large scale structure working group of DES, analyzing data using a counts-in-
  cells technique, which measures density fluctuations in the MICE simulation
• Compared the effects on measurement using different pixel sizes, such as HEALPix, and rectangles
WORK EXPERIENCE
Support Astronomer and Project Organizer 
Stone Edge Observatory Sonoma, CA 
Summer 2016 – Present
• Helped maintain and develop software for 0.5-meter remote telescope for streamlined observing 
  sessions, both for education outreach and scientific work
• Communicated with and instructed astronomers, pre- and post-observing, in the use of the Stone 
  Edge telescope for optimized data product return
• Revamped organization and created a website to better facilitate communication between 
  observers and decrease idle telescope time

Yerkes Observatory Education Liaison
Williams Bay, WI 
Fall 2012 - Present
• Learned how to operate a 41” refracting telescope, and 24” and 40” reflecting telescopes
• Explored the properties of galaxies with the use of SDSS filters in these telescopes
• Developed content for and taught workshops to educate public on observational astronomy
PUBLICATIONS
A. Pagul, B. Mobasher: Frontier Fields Catalogs (In Prep)
A. I. Salvador, F.J. Sánchez, A. Pagul, et al. “Measuring Linear and Non-Linear Galaxy Bias Using Counts-in-Cells in the Dark Energy Survey Science Verification Data” (2019). MNRAS, 482(2): 1435-1451
TALKS
A Measurement of the Higher Order Galaxy Bias with Counts-in-Cells. Poster presentation 
  accepted to the Summer School on Large Scale Structure, organized by MPA-Garching (July 2018)
• Yerkes Observatory Undergraduate Workshop and Student Intern Kickoff: Hubble Frontier Fields 
  (June 2018)
• UC Riverside Grad Slam: Through the Looking Mass: Uncovering the Nature of the Early Universe 
  with Gravitational Lensing (April 2018)
• Tustin Middle School Career Day: A Day in the Life of an Astrophysicist (April 2018)
• FIELDS Meeting Hubble and Beyond: A FIELDS Hubble Space Telescope Presentation (July 2016)
• Dark Energy Survey Chicagoland meeting Counts-in-Cells: Constraining Galaxy Statistics 
  (September 2015)
• Yerkes Observatory Student Workshop Introduction to DS9 (March 2015)
• Society for Physics Students Probing the Large Scale Structure of the Universe (September 2014)
• WGTD-FM Yerkes Star Quest Radio Guest to talk about Astronomy, the Observatory, and Goals 
  (September 2014)​​​​​​​
EDUCATION AND PUBLIC OUTREACH
• Solar System Mobile Workshops (3rd grade at elementary schools in Riverside county) 
• Origami Workshops (5th grade at elementary schools in Riverside county) 
• Solar Telescope Observation Workshops (8th grade at middle school in Riverside county) 
• Mercury Transit (for general UC Riverside public)
• Yerkes Observatory Stone Edge Telescope Program 
SKILLS
Languages: English (Native), Russian (Native), Spanish (Proficient), Basque (Basic)
Computer Languages: C, C++, ROOT, HEALPix, Python
Astro Specific Software/Databases: Source Extractor, LePhare Photometric Analysis, EAZY, TPHOT, GALFIT, GALAPAGOS, Skynet Telescopes and Stone Edge Telescope, CDS and SDSS databases
Other Useful Software: Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign
AWARDS
NSF GRFP Honorable Mention It Takes a Community to Raise a Galaxy: How Environment Affects Galaxy Evolution (2018)
Dean’s Fund for Student Life (joint award) funding a three-day physics workshop for undergraduates at Yerkes Observatory, $1500, (University of Chicago, Spring 2015)
Women’s Board Funding (co-awardee) funding telescope repair and renovation, $27900, (University of Chicago, Spring 2015)
International Experience Grant funding research at El Instituto de Física Teórica, $3500, (University of Chicago, Summer 2014)
Dean’s Fund for Student Life funding research at El Instituto de Física Teórica, $1500, (University of Chicago, Summer 2014)

TEACHING EXPERIENCE
PHYS 040B, undergraduate physics lab on mechanics and thermodynamics for engineers, UC Riverside, Spring 2018. 20 students with an average evaluation score of 6.88 out of a best possible 7.
Excerpts from PHYS 040B anonymous student evaluations:
     - The TA was truly great. She really cares about what she is teaching and thoroughly explained the labs and  
       what was to be done. Always ready to help and always had a positive attitude.
     - Thank you Amanda for being a great TA. Keep doing what you are doing and finish grad school! Always         
       respectful, helpful and cheerful. Thank you again
     - The most approachable lab TA I have had. Amanda is a bundle of fun and is wicked smart. She is invested in           actually helping students understand the material on a conceptual level.
     - Very nice and approachable, I never hesitated to ask her little questions during lab. She was also very      
       knowledgeable and would explain the lab and which equations we should use (and why). She was always     
       helpful and patient. Overall, she was very nice and made lab a very enjoyable experience.
     - (:
     - The way that you would relate the lab to actual things in the real world helped me understand the importance 
       of the lab. Not only that but have you always recap a lab was very helpful knowing what he did and how our  
       next lab is related to the previous lab.
     - The TA provided useful hints and asked questions that helped me find the answers on my own. They also 
       were helpful in explaining the graphs that were in the lab and the formulas that were used in the lab 
       calculations.

REFERENCES
Dr. Bahram Mobasher, Advisor, Department of Physics, University of California Riverside, 951-827-7190; mobasher@ucr.edu 
Dr. Joshua Frieman, Advisor and Former Director of the Dark Energy Survey, Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics, University of Chicago, 630-840-2226; frieman@fnal.gov 
Dr. Richard Kron, Professor, Director of the Dark Energy Survey, and former Director of Yerkes Observatory, Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics, University of Chicago, 773-702-3335; rich@oddjob.uchicago.edu​​​​​​​
Dr. Angela Olinto, Homer J. Livingston Distinguished Service Professor and Physical Sciences Division Dean, Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics, University of Chicago, 773-702-8206; olinto@oddjob.uchicago.edu  
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