Rebecca Pitts

Graduate Student · Teaching Assitant


319 Bryant Space Science Center
(352) 294–1857
(352) 392–5089


Educational Background
  • M.Sc., Astronomy, University of Florida, 2015
  • B.Sc., Physics & Astronomy/Space Sciences, Florida Institute of Technology, 2012

Areas of Specialty
Be stars, massive star formation, SED fitting, image processing

Research Interests
Massive stars, compact stellar remnants, core-collapse supernovae and their progenitors, astronomy education and outreach, magnetic OB stars, population statistics

I was born and raised in Jacksonville, where I attended magnet schools for arts majoring in graphic design and art history. In college I switched gears and dual majored in physics and astronomy at Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne, graduating magna cum laude. In the spring of 2015, I successfully defended my master's thesis on Be stars in the APOGEE survey here at UF under Professor Eikenberry. I now work toward my Ph.D. under Dr. Barnes, studying the earliest stages of massive star formation in the CHaMP survey area using far-infrared dust emission.