Colette Salyk

Associate Professor of Astronomy on the Maria Mitchell Chair

Dr. Salyk teaches courses in planetary science, observational astronomy, and introductory physics. She studies the formation of planets using both ground- and space-based telescopes. In particular, she studies the relationship between protoplanetary disk properties (including chemical composition) and planetary diversity.

BS, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; MS, PhD, California Institute of Technology
At Vassar since 2015


Sanders Physics
Box 71

Research and Academic Interests

Planetary Science; Observational Astronomy

Departments and Programs


ASTR 101 Solar System Astronomy
ASTR 230 Planetary and Space Science
ASTR 240 Observational Astronomy
ASTR 330 Extrasolar planets and planet formation

Grants, Fellowships, Honors, Awards

Colette Salyk Secures Grants from Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI)
Colette Salyk, Associate Professor of Astronomy, has secured a grant award from the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) in support of her program titled “A DSHARP-MIRI Treasury survey of Chemistry in Planet-forming Regions.” Utilizing the James Webb Space Telescope, Salyk will observe 17 actively forming planetary systems.

In the Media

Assistant Professor of Astronomy Colette Salyk was quoted in a Hubblesite announcement about her team using NASA’s Hubble Telescope to view nascent stars resembling flapping “bat wings.”


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