Gabriel Fuentes

Mentor: Dr. Ata Sarajedini
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
"This is the best way to get started on gaining experience in my field and doing research will teach me the things you simply can't learn by reading a textbook."


Astronomy, Physics



Research Interests

  • Stellar Evolution
  • Stellar Populations
  • Variable Stars

Academic Awards

  • University Scholars Program 2016


  • Society of Physics Students
  • Astronomy and Astrophysics Society
  • Florida Swing Dancing Club


  • Physics Outreach at USA Science and Engineering Exposition in Washington DC
  • Physics is Phun!
  • Starry Night

Hobbies and Interests

  • Dancing
  • Biking
  • Hiking
  • Stargazing

Research Description

The Hunt for Variable Stars in the Large Magellanic Cloud
I will be working on two data sets from the Hubble Space Telescope Archive, where I will be employing data reduction and analytical techniques to measure and investigate variations in the intensity of light from two regions within the dwarf galaxy, The Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC). By finding various stars that vary their luminosity within these regions, we can learn more about these star fields properties such as their mass, radius, luminosity, effective temperature, internal and external structure, and composition. This will allow us to compare the LMC to our galaxy, along with other galactic neighbors, and show us how different and similar they are. Afterwards we can explore on the how and why to further increase our comprehension of the universe around us.