Sophia C. W. Gottlieb I

A yellow lab and a girl sitting on the floor being goofy

Sophia Gottlieb and her faithful lab partner, Kazoo, take a break for pats in between Potato sessions.

My name is Sophia C. W. Gottlieb I, and I am an aspiring physicist from Bates College, class of 2017. I am very enthused about physics and the department we have here at Bates. With the guidance of Professor Diamond-Stanic, I completed my senior thesis in April of 2017, which involved using three filter images of 12 galaxies taken by the Hubble Space Telescope, and finding out what that information can tell us about those galaxies. As a founding member of the Bates Astrophysics Galaxy Evolution Lab, affectionately called the Bagel, I take a lot of pride in the work I do. To find more out about my research, click here.

As a student, I was involved in our physics department as a PALS leader for our introductory classes, a tutor, and a Student Manager for Bates’ Academic Resource Commons (basically, I was a super tutor)! I met with students from a wide variety of physics classes.

I accepted an offer to stay at Bates through the fall to continue researching these 12 special galaxy, with a goal of publishing this research and attending the 231st Meeting of the American Astronomical Society in January.

I spend my free time doodling, so if science jokes are up your alley, click here.


Gottlieb (2017) Spatially Resolving the Mass Surface Density Distribution in 12 Compact Galaxies with the Hubble Space Telescope. Scarab Digital Commons @ Bates. Physics & Astronomy Theses 3.