Currently: Completing his PhD in Astrophysics at Rutgers, the state university of New Jersey
Responsibilities: McCully’s research focuses on the study of a class of Supernovae and gravitational lensing.
Achievements: In 2010, McCully won the Richard J Plano Outstanding Teaching Award at Rutgers. In 2011 he received the Chambliss Astronomy Achievement Student Award from the American Astronomical Society. In 2012, he was the principal investigator on a proposal to use the Hubble Space Telescope to study a peculiar supernova. His proposal was accepted and he is now waiting for a target to trigger his observations.
In His Words: “I was blessed at SNU to have very small classes. I was able to ask questions whenever I didn’t understand something and the professors, specifically Dr. Neuenschwander was able to tailor the classes to topics that interested me. Nearly all of the material I learned in classes has been directly applicable to my work in graduate school. When I arrived in graduate school, I wasn’t’ sure how my education at SNU would compare to the education of my new classmates, many of whom came from more famous universities. However, I found that I was at least as prepared, if not more, for graduate level classes than many of my peers. There were several instances when other students would come to me for help on topics that I learned as an undergrad at SNU.”