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Are you a graduate student interested in writing article summaries for astrobites? If so, please fill out the interest form and send us an email at write4astrobites@gmail.com with a PDF of a sample astrobite by the application deadline of November 1. Your astrobite should summarize an astrophysics journal article that has not been featured on astrobites. Please do not write about your own research for the sample astrobite.

Your sample astrobite should discuss the motivation, methods, results, and conclusions of a recent paper. Please write at a level appropriate for undergraduate physics or astronomy majors and remember to explain jargon. We encourage you to provide links to previous astrobites or other science websites where appropriate. Your sample post should include at least one figure from the paper with an appropriate caption (not just the original caption). Figures may either be embedded in the text or placed at the end of the sample. Links may either be provided as hyperlinks or as parenthetical citations. There is no length restriction, but astrobites are usually between 700-1200 words.

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Courtney Dressing

I am a fourth-year graduate student in the Astronomy Department at Harvard University. My research interests include exoplanets, habitability, and astrobiology. I received a master’s degree in astronomy and astrophysics from Harvard University and a bachelor’s degree in astrophysical sciences from Princeton University. At Princeton, I worked with Jill Knapp to study the magnetic activity of M dwarfs with white dwarf companions and with Dave Spiegel to model the habitability of terrestrial exoplanets. For my senior thesis, I worked with Ed Turner, Michael McElwain, and the SEEDS (Strategic Explorations of Exoplanets and Disks with Subaru) collaboration to directly image young Jovian exoplanets using the Subaru telescope. At Harvard, I am working with Dave Charbonneau to study the properties, frequency, and detectability of small planets orbiting small stars.

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