man pictured with ALMA image of the young star HL Tau and its protoplanetary disk

Ph.D. Candidate Turns Childhood Love of Night Sky Into Studying Protoplanetary Disks

International student Shangjia Zhang lands a highly competitive NASA grant and UNLV graduate fellowship.

Shangjia Zhang is a Ph.D. candidate and international student in the Department of Physics and Astronomy. His research focuses on developing a better understanding of planet formation. Zhang is pictured here with an ALMA image of the young star HL Tau and its protoplanetary disk. (Photo illustration: Josh Hawkins/UNLV)

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