Madyson Barber

I am a Second-Year graduate researcher and NSF Fellow at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Department of Physics and Astronomy.

My current research revolves around the discovery of young (≲ 1000 Myr) exoplanets using TESS data and characterizing the planet, host star, and host star's association. I work with Dr. Andrew Mann and the Young World's Lab at UNC, where our main goal is to understand how planets evolve over time. My thesis project will focus on constraining planet occurance rates and calculating statistical comparisons of properties of planets at different ages. I released my first first-author paper in 2022 about the characterization of two planets in a 105 Myr stellar association. You can read more about my research here.

I'm not currently teaching, but I was an Undergraduate Teaching Assistant for COMP110 for three years. I worked with ~40 other undergrads to serve over 600 introductory computer science students each semester. I provided 5-6 one-on-one office hours and 2 hours of group tutoring per week, in addition to helping answer questions during lecture, developing course material, and being the primary point-of-contact for ~20 students.

Last Updated: June 2023