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14th Annual Kepler Scholarship
and Lectures Series Event

The Mt. San Antonio College Astronomy Department awards the Kepler Scholarships annually to outstanding students who have achieved academically, completed astronomy coursework and/or contributed toward the advancement of the college’s astronomy program.

Imaging Exoplanets with the World’s Largest Telescope.

April 29, 2023 | 5:00 p.m.

Heritage Hall, Bldg. 744

Steph Sallum

(2023) Steph SallumUC Irvine, Assistant Professor of Physics and Astronomy

Steph Sallum is an observational astronomer and instrumentalist who studies exoplanets (planets around stars other than our own Sun) with high resolution imaging, spectroscopy, and interferometry. She uses cutting edge imaging techniques on the world's largest telescopes to better understand how planets form and evolve. She is also the Project Scientist for SCALES, an under-construction instrument for the 10-meter telescopes at Keck Observatory that will enhance our ability to characterize exoplanet atmospheres. Beyond Keck observing and instrumentation development, Steph is involved in early James Webb Space Telescope observations of exoplanets, and in instrument development for the next generation of 30-meter-class ground-based telescopes. Before joining the faculty at UCI, Steph was an NSF Astronomy and Astrophysics Postdoctoral Fellow and a UC Chancellor's fellow at UC Santa Cruz. She received her PhD in Astronomy and Astrophysics from the University of Arizona, and a BS in Planetary Science and Physics from MIT.

Thank you to all Supporters of the Kepler Scholarship and the Earth & Space Science Grant

Dr. Manuel and Gloria Baca
Dr. Mark D. Boryta
Julie Bray-Ali
Matthew T. Judd
Bill Lambert
Dr. Robert Nelson
Larry L. Redinger
Dr. William and Lina Scroggins
James and Eleanor Randall
Joumana H. McGowan
Ray McMullen and the Kiwanis of Walnut Valley
Meghan Chen
Karelyn Hoover
Spence and Jean Lyon
Athena Martinez
Janet McMullin
Beta Meyer
SoCalGas Co./Bob Cruz
Puente Hills Toyota
United Imaging
Meteorite Exchange, Inc.
OPT The Telescope Authority
Sodexo Campus Services
Mt. SAC Office of the President
Mt. SAC Foundation
Mt. SAC Division of Natural Sciences
Mt. SAC Hospitality Program/Culinary Arts
Mt. SAC Agricultural Sciences Department
Mt. SAC Marketing and Communication
Mt. SAC Printing Services
Kepler Scholarship and Lecturer Dinner Contributors and Attendees


  • Kepler Scholarship and Distinguished Lecturer Committee

    Julie Bray-Ali, Chair
    Gloria Baca
    Dr. Manuel Baca
    Dr. Mark Boryta
    Chef Shelley Doonan
    Jessica Draper
    Michael Hood
    Heather Jones
    Matt Judd
    Linda Lundgren
    Dr. Betsy McCormick
    Janet McMullin
    Dr. Robert Nelson
    Larry Redinger
    John Vitullo

  • Mt. SAC Board of Trustees

    Dr. Manuel Baca
    Jay F. Chen
    Judy Chen Haggerty, Esq.
    Gary Chow
    Peter Hidalgo
    Robert F. Hidalgo
    Laura L. Santos
    Juan Mendoza, Student Trustee
    Dr. Bill Scroggins, Mt. San Antonio College President & CEO