Lamat Alumnus Miguel Montalvo is an AAS Chambliss Student Award Winner!

Miguel Montalvo (Lamat 2020) was one of the 11 undergraduate students receiving a Chambliss Award for his outstanding poster presentation at the 241st American Astronomical Society (AAS) meeting in Seattle, January 2023. Two other Lamat Alumnae Rewa Clark Bush (Lamat 2021 & 2022) and Jay Baptista (Lamat 2022) were among 34 students who received honorable mentions for their poster presentations, out of the hundreds of student presenters.







Lamat Alumna Rosey Gutiérrez Awarded Medal of Academic Merit at MiraCosta College

Rosey Gutiérrez (Lamat 2021), a Computer Science major at MiraCosta College, was recently awarded the College’s Medal of Academic Merit. It is the highest academic honor offered by the College. Each year teaching faculty nominate 5 students for this prestigious award. Nominees must have a minimum GPA of 3.75 in degree-applicable classes. Breadth, depth, and […]


Lamat Fellow, Ollie Jackson, Shares Top Honors at the 2022 HTCC UCI Community College Honors Research Conference

Ollie Jackson (she/they), a current physics student in the Honors Transfer Program at Cabrillo College and Lamat 2021 Fellow, was awarded first place for their STEM research at the 2022 HTCC UCI Community College Honors Research Conference. The HTCC (Honors Transfer Council of California) is a partnership of over fifty California Community College honors programs, […]




Lamat Alumnae Brenna Mockler and Angela Twum and Co-Authors Unveil Preferential Disruption of Moderately Massive Stars by Supermassive Black Holes

Lamat Alumna and mentor Brenna Mockler and Lamat Alumna Angela Twum together with a team of Lamat Mentors Sierra Dodd, Katie Auchtetll, Jamie Law-Smith, and Executive Director Enrico Ramirez-Ruiz teamed up to examine the stellar populations around supermassive black holes. Their work, published in the Astrophysical Journal, looks at tidal disruption events (TDEs) caused by […]


Lamat Fellow Rewa Clark Bush Receives Presentation Award at the 2021 SACNAS Conference

Rewa Clark Bush, a Lamat Summer 2021 Fellow and Cabrillo College student, was recognized with an award for her research and presentation skills at the 2021 SACNAS National Diversity in STEM (NDiSTEM) Digital Conference. Rewa’s talk was entitled “Searching for Stars Disrupted by a Supermassive Black Hole That Lived to Tell the Tale.”


SACNAS Selects Enrico Ramirez-Ruiz as a 2021 Distinguished Awardee for Excellence in Science and Mentoring

SACNAS (Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science) is pleased to announce the winners of the 2021 SACNAS Distinguished Awards. This year’s two awardees, Enrico Ramirez-Ruiz and Maria C. Tamargo, have exemplified the SACNAS mission by showing unparalleled dedication to excellence in science, mentoring, and teaching.




Two Lamat Alum, Alejandro Vigna-Gomez & David Aguilera-Dena explain the origin of unusually heavy neutron star binaries

In a new aricle published October 8 in Astrophysical Journal Letters, two Lamat Alum Alejandro Vigna-Gomez, an astrophysicist at the University of Copenhagen’s Niels Bohr Institute and David Aguilera-Dena at the University collaborated with Lamat Executive Director Enrico Ramirez-Ruiz, UC Santa Cruz and other colleaguges to explain the origin of unusually heavy neutron star binaries.