Claire Dorman

Graduate Student

UC Santa Cruz Dept. of Astronomy & Astrophysics


Welcome! I am a fifth-year PhD student in the Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics at the University of California, Santa Cruz. My research traces the structure and evolution of the nearby Andromeda galaxy using kinematics of its resolved stellar populations as measured through the Keck/DEIMOS-based SPLASH and Hubble Space Telescope-based PHAT surveys.

I’m also invested in training the next generation of citizens and scientists. I designed and currently run the teaching assistant support program in the Astronomy department. I compile web-based and physical library resources, run quarterly orientations, and meet one-on-one with our excellent graduate student teaching assistants to help them further develop their communication and classroom management skills.


Each summer, I mentor local high-school students as they complete independent research projects through the Science Internship Program (SIP); over the school year, I  mentor UCSC undergraduates on their senior thesis research.