Cory Gerrity joined the Physics and Astronomy graduate program in 2016 after receiving his Bachelor’s degree from UC Berkeley. Right from the start he began his research for the GAPS experiment in Philip von Doetinchem’s Cosmic Ray Antiparticle group. He now received the very competitive NASA FINESST fellowship (Future Investigators in NASA Earth and Space Science and Technology). His proposal was one of the 21 out of 188 submitted to the astrophysics section. This fellowship will support Cory’s continuation of research for the GAPS experiment for the next three years.
GAPS is currently entering the construction phase and half of the more than 1,000 silicon wafers will be tested and qualified at UH. GAPS is slated for a first long duration balloon flight from Antarctica in late 2021.