Nicole Arulanantham

Nicole ArulananthamResearch Lab: Kevin France
Research department: Astrophysical & Planetary Science
Research field: Protoplanetary disks and star-planet interactions
Position: Second Year Graduate Student


Why are you a part of CU Café?
My field is pretty homogenous, and I think we’re missing out on a lot of unique perspectives/ideas that will make our research better and our community stronger. I’m excited to be part of a group of smart, talented people from a wide range of backgrounds who are working together, both to build each other up and to advocate for change.

Research and/or career interest:
I’m interested in how the properties of stars shape the types of planets that orbit them, particularly stars like the Sun and planets like Earth. Currently, I’m studying planet forming material around a young star by looking at the UV light coming from the system. I’ll also be looking for evidence of interactions between stars and planets in older systems.

Long-term professional goal:
Research scientist or professor

What do you like to do for fun?
I like to run, go to kickboxing classes, and practice yoga (typical Boulder, I know). I also like to cook, and I’m trying to get as good as my mom at preparing Sri Lankan food.

What is your favorite science adventure?
I got to do a planetarium show on campus about some of the science behind the movies Gravity, The Martian, and Interstellar. I love being able to tell people about all the cool science I’m learning/doing, so it was really fun to put the talk together and hear what people got out of it afterwards.