Rodrigo Cordova

Hey Forbes! 

I’m a second-year PhD student in the Astrophysical Sciences Department, and I’m thrilled to join you all as a new RGS this year! 

I was born and raised in Puerto Rico, so it goes without saying that I love the beach, being in nature, and everything about Latin American history and culture. After high school, I came to the continental US to go to Havard for undergrad, where I studied Astrophysics and Physics, with a minor in Archaeology. I then did a master’s in Archaeology of the Americas at the University of Cambridge, and researched the Archaeoastronomy of the American Southwest for a year before starting here at Princeton. Within astro, my field is called observational cosmology, analyzing signals from the earliest times and largest scales in the universe to understand how everything came to be, and describe the fundamental nature that underlies it. 

As an undergrad, I participated in everything from archery to our dorm’s yearly musicals, managed an art studio with visual and ceramic art, did undergraduate research, and was the director of the student-run observatory. I also love to hike, camp, rock climb, take photos, paint, sit around a campfire with friends, and talk about all these things and more. 

I’m so excited to get to know you all this year, and can’t wait to hear about all the things you’ll do!