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Postgraduate Student

Shaila Akhter



Tutor (2012, Sem1), ANU:

  • Advance Physics

Teaching Assistant (since 2013), UNSW:

  • GENS4015 Brave New World: Science Fiction, Science Fact and the Future
  • PHYS1160 Introduction to Astronomy

Lab Demonstrator (2013, 2014), UNSW:

  • PHYS1211 Energy and Environmental Physics
  • PHYS1221 Physics 1B
  • PHYS1121 Physics 1A
  • PHYS1131 Higher Physics 1A

Lab Demonstrator-In-Charge (since 2014), UNSW:

  • PHYS1111 Fundamentals of Physics


Ph.D Candidate (2013 onwards): "Turbulence in the interstellar medium and its relationship to star formation.", Supervisor: Dr. Maria Cunningham, UNSW Australia; co-supervisor: Dr. Lisa Harvey-Smith, CSIRO Astronomy and Sace Science (CASS).
Master of Philosophy (2012): Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics, The Australian National University, Australia
Master of Engineering: Faculty of Engineering and IT, The Australian National University
Master of Science: Applied Physics, Electronics and Communication Engineering, Faculty of Science, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh
Bachelor of Science (with Honours): Applied Physics and Electronics, Faculty of Science, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh

Honours, Awards and Memberships: 


  • Australian Postgraduate Award (PhD Candidate), 2014
  • APRIM (Asia Pacific Regional IAU Meeting) Travel Award, 2014
  • ASSC (Australian Space Science Conference) Runner-up Best Student Poster presentation, 2013
  • Australian National University Reseacrh Scholarship (MPhil)
  • RSAA (Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics) Supplimentary Scholarship (MPhil)


  • Astronomical Society of Australia (ASA) student member
  • EPOC-ASA (Education and Public Outreach Chapter of the Astronomical Society of Australia) student representative
  • UNSW Physics Outreach Co-ordinator

Selected Publications: 

  • Probing the Stellar Halo of the Milky Way with the SEKBO RR Lyrae Survey
    Akhter, Shaila; Da Costa, Gary S.; Keller, Stefan C.; Schmidt, Brian P.
    The Astrophysical Journal, Volume 756, Issue 1, article id. 23, 14 pp. (2012).
  • Finding RR Lyrae Stars with SkyMapper: An Observational Test
    Akhter, S.; Da Costa, G. S.; Keller, S. C.; Schmidt, B. P.; Bessell, M. S.; Tisserand, P.
    Publications of the Astronomical Society of Australia, Volume 30, id.e051 9 pp. (2013). (also available as an arxiv pre-print: http://arxiv.org/abs/1308.5486)