Matthew De Furio

Mentor: Dr. Elizabeth Lada
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
"I have always been interested in the universe and how massive bodies interact with each other to see the objects we see today. The physical laws of the universe and how astronomical events occur has amazed me since I began learning about science. In order to understand our vast world filled with black holes and neutron stars, I wanted to do research and comprehend how we can uncover the mysteries of our universe."





Research Interests

  • Stellar Evolution
  • Galaxy Evolution
  • Cosmology

Academic Awards

  • St. Michael's Book Award 2011
  • Florida Bright Futures 2012-Present
  • UF Dean's List 2012-Present
  • UF President's Award 2013


  • Delta Tau Delta
  • Astronomy and Astrophysics Society
  • Society of Physics Students


  • Special Olympics
  • Key Club

Hobbies and Interests

  • Running
  • Playing Guitar, Saxophone

Research Description

Stellar Properties Relating to Circumstellar Disks
My project will try to find a correlation between circumstellar disks and stellar size. A circumstellar disk, or a proto-planetary disk, is an accumulation of dust in gas in orbit around a young star. This gas can eventually become planets and asteroids as seen in our solar system today. I hope to find a relationship between the amount of material accreted on these disks and the physical properties of the stars themselves.