Diana Kossakowski

Hi everyone! My name is Diana and I'll be graduating this Spring (2017) with a BA in Astrophysics and Physics and minor in German. I'll be going all the way to Heidelberg, Germany to pursue a PhD at the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy (starting August 2017). I'm beyond excited and I'll be working on the CARMENES project (Blue Earths around Red Dwarfs).

Within the department, I'm the undergraduate representative, meaning that if you want to know general information on what is going on in the department like events, changes, curriculum, and such, or if you have an issue about something, contact me. Of course, since I will be leaving Spring 2017, so someone else will be the undergrad rep (stay tuned)!

And I guess I should include a little bit about me and what I like to do :) I was a summer intern for Space Telescope for Summer 2016 and had an amazing time and I strongly encourage everyone to apply for the SASP program. You know those internships that make you do pretty much nothing? Well this was the complete opposite - I felt like I was truly part of the team and I was making a significant contribution with my work. I wrote a software for the Advanced Camera for Surveys (ACS) instrument on the Hubble Space Telescope for making Low-Frequency Flats. I want to make a shout out to the Astro Optical Lab class (Astro 120) because that class pretty much led me to this opportunity. The previous summer I was working with Dr. Roberto Sanchis-Ojeda on completing a pipeline for detecting exoplanets in the K2 data using a Fast Fourier Transform (FFT) technique. It was my first research experience and it was very rewarding.

In my free time, I love hanging out with my friends, going on adventures, staying active like hiking, and I also like painting with acrylics and drawing! I also really enjoy discussing conspiracies/tin foil hat related topics so if you like that too, hit me up!

If you have any questions about the department, the classes, computer science classes, what it's like to apply to PhD programs in Europe, and about the meaning of life, don't hesitate to contact me. dkossakowski@berkeley.edu