Fall 2017


NS Merger

LIGO announces gravitational waves of first neutron star binary merger with simultaneous electromagnetic telescope observations.

nobel Prof. Neil Cornish interviewed by US News and MSU News on work done at the XGI that aided in the recent Nobel Prize in Physics awarded to Rainer Weiss, Barry Barish, and Kip Thorne.
LigoVirgo Joint detection of gravitational waves by LIGO and VIRGO including work done by XGI Prof. Neil Cornish and graduate student Meg Millhouse.


Fall 2016


 Laura Sampson

 MSU XGI graduate Laura Sampson was awarded the L'Oreal USA for Women in Science Fellowship.

 Katie Chamberlain

 MSU XGI undergraduate student Katie Chamberlain was selected within MSU to compete at the national level for a Goldwater scholarship.

 Katerina Chatziioannou

 MSU XGI graduate Katerina Chatziioannou was awarded the Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics Fellowship.

 Neil Cornish

 MSU Professor Neil Cornish:

  - was named as one of the 4 US representatives of the LISA Collaboration Board,

  - was elected to the executive of the AAS High Energy Astrophysics Division,

  - received the2016 Provost’s Award for Graduate Research and Creativity Mentoring,

  - received theFox Faculty Award for Outstanding Research, Scholarship, Creativity and Mentorship.

Nico Yunes

 MSU Assistant Professor Nicolas Yunes:

  - was elected to the Scientific Organizing Committee for the ISGRG’s GR22 International Conference,

  - was elected tothe Scientific Editorial Board for Classical and Quantum Gravity.



 NASA has announced that it is ready to rejoin the LISA mission              

LSC logo The LIGO Scientific Collaboration has been awarded the Breakthrough Prize and the Gruber Prize. Sharing in these awards are MSU Prof. Neil Cornish and Graduate Student Meg Millhouse.



Previous News

Neil Cornish Prof. Neil Cornish presents Observation of Gravitational Waves from a Binary Black Hole Merger.
Neil Cornish

Prof. Neil Cornish was interviewed by the Bozeman Daily Chronicle and USA Today as part of their articles on the first detection of gravitational waves. 

Einstein's gravity waves proven, MSU scientists part of discovery team

Revolutionary discovery: Scientists find gravitational waves Einstein predicted

Neil CornishMeg Millhouse

The LIGO Scientific Collaboration (LSC) has announced the first direct detection of gravitational waves! Congratulations to all those involved, as well as to XGI Prof. Neil Cornish and graduate student Meg Millhouse, who were involved in the effort!

Nicholas Loutrel

XGI graduate student Nicholas Loutrel was awarded the NSF East Asia & Pacific Summer Institute (EAPSI) Fellowship to travel to Kyoto, Japan in summer 2016.

cornish news

Neil Cornish part of team awarded $14.5 Million to establish center for detecting low frequency gravitational waves. 


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Nicolas Yunes was named KITP Scholar at the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics, Santa Barbara for the years 2012-2015.

Devin Hansen

XGI Undergraduate Student Devin Hansen was accepted to graduate school at the University of Guelph and the Perimeter Institute.

Laura Sampson

XGI Postdoc Laura Sampson has been awarded a CIERA Fellowship at Northwestern University.


Kent Yagi received the Fellowship for the Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science, which he will take to do a 2-year postdoctoral fellowship at Princeton University with Profs. Frans Pretorius and David Spergel.