Leslie HebbAssociate Professor of Physics
Joined faculty in 2013
Ph.D., The Johns Hopkins University
M.S., The Johns Hopkins University
B.S., University of Denver
Fundamental properties of stars and extrasolar planets
Formation and evolution of planetary systems
Magnetic activity on low mass stars
University of St. Andrews
Leslie Hebb joined the department of physics at HWS in 2013. Her research interests include discovering and characterizing planets around other stars, measuring fundamental properties of low mass stars, and understanding magnetic activity on stars other than the Sun. After graduating with her Ph.D. in physics and astronomy from The Johns Hopkins University in 2005, she was a post-doctoral research assistant with the SuperWASP transiting planet survey at the University of St. Andrews from 2006-2009 and then a post-doctoral scholar at Vanderbilt University (2009-2011). She became an assistant research faculty in 2011 at Vanderbilt and then a visiting faculty member at the University of Washington for the 2012-2013 academic year.
She has numerous academic publications in her field of astronomy. Her awards include academic scholarships from the ARCS Foundation (Achievement Rewards for College Scientists), the Society of Women Engineers, the Cibrowski Foundation, and the IBM Scholars Program. She was awarded a ZONTA international Amelia Earhart Fellowship in 2001 and was honored as the Outstanding Senior Woman upon graduation from the University of Denver. She is a member of Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society. She was recently awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation to study magnetic activity on low mass stars using data from NASA's Kepler satellite.