Amy Reines

Amy Reines is the faculty mentor for the Women in Physics Group at MSU.  She is an astrophysicist working on the origin of supermassive black holes.





Shannon Willoughby

Dr. Willoughby is interested in statistical analysis, spatial reasoning skills of middle school students, and improving the oral communication skills of STEM graduate students.   Further information can be found here:



Post Docs



Remya Nair

I am a postdoctoral fellow in the extreme gravity institute, Dept. of physics in MSU. Before coming to Bozeman, I was a JSPS fellow at Kyoto university.

My current research interests include developing statistical techniques to better understand and utilize various cosmological measurements, understanding systematics in cosmological observations, forecasting constraints for binary coalescence parameters from future terrestrial and space based gravitational wave interferometers, and testing gravitational wave measurements to look for possible deviations from general relativity.



Graduate Students



Aislinn Daniels

Aislinn is a graduate student researching optics, specifically applications of optical spatial-spectral materials. She is an officer of the local SPIE chapter and has volunteered for several local science outreach events. A Montana native, she hopes to continue to be a part of Bozeman’s growing optics community.




Alyssa Derks

My name is Alysa Derks and I am a graduate student in the Solar Physics group. I got my Bachelor's degree in Astrophysics from the University of Colorado Boulder in 2017. I am working on studying coronal downflows in solar flares, massive explosions on the Sun.




Katie Fasbender

I'm a second year graduate student interested in planetary science and solar system dynamics.  I am currently using a catalog-based approach to search for solar system objects with my advisor, Dr. David Nidever.





Bethany Garver

I am a first year grad student and I am interested in studying astrophysics.




Marika McCarthy

I am a member of the Solar Physics group, working on magnetic reconnection in the Sun’s outer atmosphere called the corona.




Amy Miller

I am a second year graduate student at MSU and work under Dr. David Nidever. My research involves studying properties of the Small and Large Magellanic Clouds and the Milky Way, as well as searching for undiscovered Milky Way companions.




Madison Nelson

I am a graduate student in an interdisciplinary affiliated Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) lab of the physics department.  My current research interests include probing phase transitions of soft condensed matter, exploring complex diffusion and exchange dynamics in porous media and applying NMR techniques to industry problems.




Sheyda Salehirad



Past Students



Demi St. John

Demi received her B.S. in Physics and Math from Murray State University and graduated from Montana State University with her M.S. in Optics and Photonics in December 2018. Currently, she works for Agile Focus Designs as a Design Engineer in Bozeman, MT. You can also find her at Zephyr Cycling Studio where she enjoys a good workout!