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Researcher in Physics and Astronomy, Dartmouth College

Following graduation from Augsburg College in Minneapolis MN Alexa Halford went on to receive a Masters in Astronomy and Planetary Sciences from University of Colorado at Boulder and a Ph.D. in Physics at the University of Newcastle Australia. Shortly after completing her Ph.D. work, Halford won a highly competitive “Visiting Young Scientist” fellowship from Dartmouth College. Since then she has served as a Postdoctoral Researcher in Physics at Dartmouth and is a member of the scientific team for a NASA-funded scientific balloon experiment project called BARREL (Balloon Array for RBSP Relativistic Electron Losses). She is now currently a contractor at NASA Goddard and Dartmouth College continuing work the BARREL and NASA Van Allen Probes satellite missions.

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  • 2016–present
    Research scientist, Joint position with Goddard Space Flight Center and Dartmouth College
  • 2012–2015
    Postdoc, Dartmouth College
  • 2008–2012
    PostGrad Researcher , University of Newcastle NSW, Australi
  • 2007–2008
    Researcher, South West Research Institute
  • 2003–2007
    Masters Student Researcher, University of Colorado Boulder/LASP
  • 2000–2003
    Undergraduate Researcher, Augsburg College


Augsburg First Decade Award 2013, Dartmouth Young Visiting Scientist 2012 - 2013