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Chris Dilger - Peter Doherty Award

6/10/2015
Astro Student - Chris Dilger
Chris Dilger - Peter Doherty Award Recipient
Congratulations to Year 12 Astrophysics student Chris Dilger, who was one of only eight student recipients state wide to be recognised for outstanding achievements in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) through the prestigious 2015 Peter Doherty Awards for Science Excellence. 
Chris was recognised for his outstanding efforts in Mathematics B, Mathematics C, Physics, Chemistry, Senior Astronomy and Senior Astrophysics.  Chris was also placed in the top 40 for the National Computer Science School challenge (Advanced Level using Python 3) at the University of Sydney in 2013 and 2014. 
Chris and fellow student Billy Fogg are currently working on a black hole project with the University of California, Berkeley.  Chris and Billy will be imaging “Cygnus X-1”, a black hole candidate over the next couple of months using the Las Cumbres Observatory Global Telescope (LCOGT) network and Skynet.  Through the data they collect, they hope to be submitting a paper by the end of the year on the object’s short-period variability. 
Chris will be flying to Brisbane with his family in October to receive his award and $5 000 prize money from the Minister for Education at a ceremony held at Customs House.  Well done Chris!