This is an abbreviated Curriculum Vitae, please find my complete CV at the bottom of this page, updated August 2022.


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

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


1) Star formation, gas dynamics, and the 3-D structure of our Galaxy’s Central Molecular Zone (CMZ), 2) clustered star formation and its potential variation with environment, 3) the future of Far-IR astrophysics, and 4) how galaxy-scale processes affect the detailed physics of star formation.


  • 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 36, is an author on 79 refereed publications with a total citation count of 4,627 (computed August 2022 from the NASA Astrophysics Data Service Page). Complete publication list is available on NASA ADS here.


Cara Battersby has been awarded about $3.0M in extramural funding to UConn as PI or co-PI on ten grants from NSF, NASA, NRAO, and the Templeton Foundation. 

  • 2022: Co-PI: NSF Astronomy and Astrophysics Grant““Collaborative Research: ACES Galactic Center Mass Flow” ($232k)
  • 2022: PI: NSF Early CAREER Faculty Award, “CAREER: Shining STARs Amidst the Turbulence” ($697k)
  • 2021: PI: NASA Astrophysics Data Analysis Program Grant, “3-D MC: Mapping Circumnuclear Molecular Clouds from X-ray to Radio” ($466k)
  • 2021: PI: National Science Foundation Astronomy and Astrophysics Grant, “Uncovering the Seeds of Star Clusters across the Galaxy” ($389k)
  • 2021: Co-PI NASA SOFIA Archival Research Program, “IGNITES: Investigating Galactic Nuclear Infrared Thermal Evolution of young Stars” ($166k)
  • 2017-2021: UConn Internal Grants ($59k total): PI: UConn STARs program, awarded under the CLAS DEI Initiative, $4k, Co-I: BRIDGE+ Program Awarded under the President’s Commitment to Community Grant 2021, $13k, Scholarship Facilitation Fund: 2019, $1k, NFIP: 2017-2021, $4k total, Co-I: Provost’s Open Educational Resources Award 2017, $10k, Co-I: Provost’s Large Course Redesign Award 2017, $26k.
  • 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)
  • 2016: Appointed by NASA: Science & Technology Definition Team, Origins Space Telescope


  • 2021: Co-I, 9 hours, James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) Cycle 1 2021 “Star Formation along the Galactic Dust Ridge: The Brick and Cloud C”
  • 2021: PI, 121 hours, Atacama Large Millimeter Array (ALMA) Large Program, “ACES: ALMA CMZ Exploration Survey”
  • 2019: PI, 119 hours, Atacama Large Millimeter Array (ALMA) Large Program, “ALMAGAL: ALMA Evolutionary study of High Mass Protocluster Formation in the Galaxy”
  • 2013-2022: Over 130 hours as Co-I on the Jansky Very Large Array (JVLA) 
  • 2013-2021: Over 120 hours as Co-I on the Atacama Large Millimeter Array (ALMA)
  • 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, 54 invited conference presentations and colloquiua, and 14 invited public talks since 2013. The full list can be found on my complete CV below.


Summary: Cara Battersby has advised 4 postdoctoral fellows and advised or co-advised 35 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 2022. SET scores of 5.0 for instructor and 4.5 for course.
    • 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. SET scores of 5.0 for instructor and 5.0 for course.
  • 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, and Fall 2021. SET scores of 5.0 for instructor and 5.0 for course each time taught.
  • Developed and Instructed a New Graduate / Undergraduate Advanced Astrophysics course: PHYS 4720 / 6720: Galaxies and the Interstellar Medium, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT.
    • Taught Spring 2021 online. SETD scores of 5.0 for instructor and 5.0 for course.

Additional Teaching:

  • “Measuring the Stars”
    • Taught July 16, 2021 for the Astronomy Summer Course at the Stedu Association, a youth-led non-profit that is focused on making STEM education more accessible.
  • “Big Data and Computation Workshop” 
    • Taught August 19, 2021 for the UConn Summer BRIDGE+ program.
    • Taught November 3, 2021 for a guest lecture in the PHYS 2200 Computational Physics Course.
  • “The Holistic STEMinist: Work-Life Balance”
    • Taught August 24, 2021 for the UConn Summer BRIDGE+ program.
    • Taught December 8, 2021 for the UConn Astronomy Seminar Series.

For service positions and accomplishments, see complete CV below.


  • Founder and Co-Leader of the UConn STARs (Science, Technology, and Astronomy Recruits) Program: New program to recruit and retain students from historically-excluded groups in the physics major. Includes mentorship, support network, and outreach to K-12 schools in the community. (Spring 2022 – present)
  • Co-Founder of the UConn Graduate BRIDGE+ program: A summer bridge program for incoming UConn STEM graduate students from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds. Funded through the President’s Commitment to Community Initiative (2021 – present).
  • 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 August 2022:

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