This is an abbreviated Curriculum Vitae, please find my complete CV at the bottom of this page.


University of Connecticut, Dept. of Physics, 196A Auditorium Road, Unit 3046, Storrs, CT 06269-3046

Phone: (860) 486-3988, E-mail:


1) Star formation in extreme environments, 2) the Central Molecular Zone of the Milky Way, 3) Galactic Structure, 4) the formation of massive stars and star clusters.


  • Assistant Professor University of Connecticut (on research leave AY16/17). August 2016 – present
  • Research Associate Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory.  September 2017 – present
  • National Science Foundation (NSF) Postdoctoral Fellow at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. August 2016 – July 2017
  • Submillimeter Array (SMA) Postdoctoral Fellow at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. Sept. 2013 – July 2016
  • Ph.D. Astrophysics, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO, Adviser: John Bally. Thesis Title: “The Structure, Kinematics, and Evolution of Massive Star and Cluster Forming Regions.” 2013
  • M.A. Astronomy, Boston University, Adviser: Jim Jackson. 2008
  • B.S. Physics & Astronomy, University of Massachusetts Amherst, summa cum laude. 2006


Cara Battersby has an h-index of 31, is an author on 61 refereed publications with a total citation count of 3,404 (computed September 2020 from the NASA Astrophysics Data Service Page). Complete publication list is available on NASA ADS here.


  • 2019: Robert H. Goddard Honor Award (“For outstanding team performance resulting in the delivery of a scientifically compelling, executable, low-risk Origins Space Telescope mission concept.”
  • 2019: PI: National Radio Astronomy Observatory Student Observing Support Grant ($34k)
  • 2019: Co-PI: National Science Foundation Campus Cyberinfrastructure Grant, “CC* Compute: Shared Computing Infrastructure for Large-scale Science Problems” ($400k)
  • 2019: Co-I: NASA Balloon Mission, “ASTHROS: Astrophysics Stratospheric Telescope for High-spectral Resolution Observations at Submillimeterwavelengths ($18k to UConn)
  • 2019: NASA Group Achievement Award for the “substantial and effective scientific, technical, and management work in developing the Large Mission Concept Studies for the 2020 Astrophysics Decadal Survey.”
  • 2017, 2018, 2019: Provost’s Letter of Recognition for Teaching Excellence 
  • 2018: Shortlisted (top 5 of candidates worldwide) for the Nature Research Awards for Inspiring Science
  • 2018: PI: National Science Foundation Astronomy and Astrophysics Grant, “3-D CMZ: Unveiling the Structure of our Galaxy’s Central Molecular Zone” ($390k)
  • 2017: PI: Templeton Foundation Grant, “BiteScis: K12 Research Brief Engagement Pilot” ($215k)
  • UConn Internal Grants ($37k total): (NFIP 2017-2019, $3k total, Co-I: Provost’s Open Educational Resources Award 2017 $10k, Co-I: Provost’s Large Course Redesign Award 2017 $26k).
  • 2016: Appointed by NASA: Science & Technology Definition Team, Origins Space Telescope


  • 2019: PI, 207 hours, Atacama Large Millimeter Array (ALMA) Large Program, “ALMAGAL: ALMA Evolutionary study of High Mass Protocluster Formation in the Galaxy”
  • 2013-2020: Over 100 hours as Co-I on the Atacama Large Millimeter Array (ALMA)
  • 2013-2020: Over 30 hours as Co-I on the Very Large Array (VLA) 
  • 2014-2017: PI, 550 hours, Submillimeter Array (SMA), “CMZoom: The SMA Legacy Survey of the Central Molecular Zone”
  • 2015: PI, 60 hours, IRAM 30-m, “Mapping the Bones of the Milky Way”


Summary: Cara Battersby has given 7 invited review/keynote talks, 46 invited conference presentations and colloquiua, and 13 invited public talks since 2013. The full list can be found on my complete CV below.


Summary: Cara Battersby has advised or co-advised 32 research students since 2013. The full details can be found on my complete CV below.


  • Prepped and Instructed a Large, Interactive Physics Course for Non-Majors: PHYS 1025Q: Introductory Astronomy, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT.
    • Taught Spring 2020 with H Perry Hatchfield who took over when Prof. Battersby went on maternity leave. (Due to COVID-19 there were no Letters of Recognition for Teaching Excellence this semester).
    • Taught Spring 2019. Received the Provost’s Letter of Recognition for Teaching Excellence, SET scores of 5.0 for instructor and 5.0 for course Spring 2019.
  • Developed and Instructed a New Interactive Physics Course for Majors: PHYS 2701: The Foundations of Modern Astrophysics, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT.
    • Taught Fall 2017, Fall 2018, Fall 2019. Received the Provost’s Letter of Recognition for Teaching Excellence, SET scores of 5.0 for instructor and 5.0 for course each time taught.

For service positions and accomplishments, see complete CV below.


  • Co-Founder and Leader of BiteScis: A program that brings together science graduate students with K-12 teachers to develop lesson plans to bring modern science research into the K-12 classroom. Lesson plans are freely available online at (2014-2020)
  • Co-Founder and Leader of CU-STARs: Founded a new program at CU-Boulder to retain undergraduate students from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds in STEM during their first year. Organized public talk series, outreach events in underserved communities, and more. Estimated to have impacted 50 undergraduate and hundreds of high school students. The program is in its 9th year and is estimated to have impacted about 45 undergraduate and 100s of high school students (Leader: 2010-2013)
  • Additional Highlighted Outreach Activities:
    • Led Astronomy Activity at Hartford Schools Physics Open House. (April 2018)
    • Co-organized solar eclipse viewing party. (August 2017)
    • Science Advisor for the Play “The Women who Mapped the Stars” by Joyce Van Dyke, premiering at the Central Square Theater. (07/01/2016 – 09/01/2017)
    • ComSciCon workshop organizer (2015-2017)
    • WorldWide Telescope Ambassador (2014-2016)
    • Leader of the Colorado Women in Astronomy Group: Organized the first-ever women in astronomy retreat and department public forum, in addition to leading monthly meetings and hosting guest speakers. (2010-2012)

Please find my complete CV here, updated September 2020:

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