Valerie recently completed her Ph.D. in Astrophysical Sciences and Technology at the Rochester Institute of Technology. Her research focused on how planets form in disks around nearby young stars. During graduate school, Valerie was the president of the Rochester Academy of Sciences Astronomy Chapter, ran star shows at the Strasenburgh Planetarium, and participated in astronomy outreach in Rochester, NY.

Valerie is now the Outreach Astronomer for the Dudley Observatory in Schenectady, NY. You can find more info on the historic Dudley Observatory at

When she is not studying the stars, Valerie enjoys cooking, gardening, and attending hockey games and demolition derbies.  


                         Valerie in the News

Check out the October 2015 issue of Astronomy Magazine for an article on Valerie's outreach endeavours

Star Pair’s Dusty Disk Shines Light on Planet Formation

RIT graduate students recognized for exemplary research in astrophysics

Mystery of Space Captivates Greece Woman

RIT astrophysicist graduate student named national astronomy ambassador

RIT Graduate Research Symposium

Experiencing the Future: Imagine RIT 2013            

RIT Astrophysics Students Explore the Solar System at the Harley School                                 Valerie at the RIT Graduate Research Symposium 

RIT scientists comment on meteor explosion

Astronomical Research at the Kitt Peak National Observatory 

RIT College of Science: Women in Science

Contamination-Resistant Sol-Gel Technology at LLE


Sunrise atop Kitt Peak, AZ. The McMath-Pierce Solar Telescope can be seen on the left.