Aparna Venkatesan

Aparna Venkatesan


Aparna Venkatesan is a cosmologist working on studies of the first stars and quasars in the universe. Aparna is currently Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of San Francisco, and a former NSF Astronomy and Astrophysics Postdoctoral Fellow.

She has been recognized nationally for her research and teaching, and has received the USF Dean’s Scholar Award, the USF Arthur Furst Award for excellence in research for the betterment of humanity, and is the co-recipient of the USF College of Arts and Sciences Collective Achievement Award for Supporting Women in STEM Fields. Aparna is deeply committed to increasing the participation and retention of underrepresented groups in astronomy and the sciences, and is active in developing scientific partnerships with Native American/indigenous communities.

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