Curriculum Vitae

Steph Sallum

Contact Information

1156 High St.
UC Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz, CA 95064



University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ USA
Ph.D. in Astronomy & Astrophysics, 2017
National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow 2013-Present
Space Grant Graduate Fellow 2012-2013
Advisor: Josh Eisner

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA USA
B.S. in Planetary Astronomy & Physics Double Major, Writing Minor, 2012
William T. Haebler Memorial Scholar 2010-2012
Advisors: Richard Binzel, James Elliot


Chancellor's Postdoctoral Fellow UC Santa Cruz, 2017-
NSF Astronomy & Astrophysics Postdoctoral Fellow UC Santa Cruz, 2017-
NSF Graduate Fellow University of Arizona, 2013-2016
Space Grant Graduate Fellow University of Arizona, 2012-2013
NSF REU Summer Researcher University of Hawaii, 2011
NSF REU Summer Researcher Maria Mitchell Observatory, 2010
Systems Engineering Intern Raytheon Seapower Capabilities Center, 2009

honors and awards

Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2017-
NSF Astronomy & Astrophysics Postdoctoral Fellow,
NSF Graduate Research Fellowship,
NOAO Project Astro Partner of the Year, 2014
Space Grant Fellowship, University of Arizona, 2012-2013
Undergraduate Teaching Award, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2012
William T. Haebler Memorial Scholar, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2010-2012
Innovation Challenge Winner, Raytheon Seapower Capabilities Center, 2009

First Author publications

“The 2011 June 23 Stellar Occultation by Pluto: Airborne and Ground Observations”, Person, M.J., et al. (including Sallum, S.) 2013, Astronomical Journal, 146, 83

“A Tight Connection between Gamma-Ray Outbursts and Parsec-scale Jet Activity in the Quasar 3C 454.3”, Jorstad, S.G. et al. (including Sallum, S.) 2013, Astrophysical Journal, 773, 147 

“The Brightest Gamma-Ray Flaring Blazar in the Sky: AGILE and Multi-wavelength Observations of 3C 454.3 During 2010 November”, Vercellone, S. et al. (including Sallum, S.) 2011, Astrophysical Journal Letters, 736, 38 

Additional Publications

Institute for Astronomy Colloquium, Honolulu, HI, USA, 2018
UC Santa Barbara Astrophysics Colloquium,
Santa Barbara, CA, USA, 2018
UC San Diego Astrophysics Astrophysics Seminar,
San Diego, CA, USA, 2018
42nd COSPAR Scientific Assembly, 
Pasadena, CA, USA, 2018
UC Irvine Astro Seminar, Irvine, CA, USA, 2018
UC Santa Cruz Astronomy Colloquium, Santa Cruz, CA, USA, 2018
Harvard CfA Stars and Planets Seminar, Cambridge, MA, USA, 2017
SPIE Astronomical Telescopes and Instrumentation, Edinburgh, UK, 2016

invited talks

SPIE Astronomical Telescopes and Instrumentation, Austin, TX, USA, 2018
NSF AAPF Symposium, Washington DC, USA, 2018
Bay Area Exoplanet Meeting, 
Moffet Field, CA, USA, 2017
LBT Users Meeting, Florence, Italy, 2017
AAS 229, Grapevine, TX, USA, 2017
GMT Community Science Meeting, Monterey, CA USA, 2016
Resolving Planet Formation in the Era of ALMA and Extreme AO, Santiago, Chile, 2016
Sant Cugat Forum for Astrophysics, Sant Cugat, Spain, 2016
Protoplanetary Discussions, Edinburgh, UK, 2016
Star and Planet Formation in the Southwest, Tucson, AZ, USA, 2015

contributed talks

Supernova Foundation Mentor, 2018-
UCSC Astronomy on Tap SOC, 2018-
UCSC Program for Inmate Education Co-Director, 2018-
UCSC Program for Inmate Education Volunteer, 2017-
Referee for A&A, MNRAS, JATIS
UCSC Arxiv Coffee Moderator, 2017-2018
SPIE Optical and Infrared Interferometry and Imaging SOC, 2018
Reviewer for NSF Solar and Planetary Astronomy grants, 2018
Tucson Women in Astronomy Undergraduate Mentor, 2016
Admissions Committee University of Arizona Astronomy Department, 2016
University of Arizona Astronomy Graduate Student Council, 2015-2016
NOAO Project Astro Partner, 2013-2016
CAMPARE Summer Student Mentor, 2013

Service / Outreach

Accreting protoplanets featured in Nature podcast, USA Today, elsewhere, 2015
First observations of a stellar occultation by 50000 Quaoar featured in MIT Technology Review, 201 


Pre-Algebra, UC Santa Cruz Program for Inmate Education, 2018
Astronomy, UC Santa Cruz Program for Inmate Education, 2018
Great debates in astronomy teaching assistant 2016
Hands on astronomy teaching assistant 2011-2012


Last updated January 2019