My name is Amanda Walker-LaFollette. I am a Junior Astronomy and Physics double-major, with a minor in Planetary Science. I am the current president of the University of Arizona Astronomy Club, and a student operator of the Raymond E. White Jr. Reflector (21 inch telescope).
I am a UA/NASA Spacegrant intern advisor with Dr. Yancy Shirley doing Radio Astronomy research on the early-stage star formation in the Perseus and Serpens molecular clouds. I am also involved in the University of Arizona Astronomy Club Exoplanet Project researching transiting hot Jupiters TrES-3b and TrES-4b, and hav presented some of this research at the American Astronomical Society 2012 winter meeting in Austin, Texas. During the summer of 2012 I participated in an REU at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory, doing research on star formation at the Galactic center using 44GHz Methanol Masers
Besides astronomy, I enjoy sports like soccer, frisbee, biking, and hiking. I also enjoy playing, teaching, and performing marimba and mbira, musical instruments from Zimbabwe.