Melanie Archipley

 Melanie Archipley

Contact Information

133 Astronomy
1002 W. Green Street
Urbana IL 61801
M/C 221
Graduate Student


I am a third-year astronomy graduate student in Prof. Joaquin Vieira's research group. My research focuses on finding galaxies and other objects in the current survey of cosmic microwave background data taken by the South Pole Telescope (SPT). I am a member of the Center for Astrophysical Surveys (CAPS) here at Illinois, and a fellowship recipient in the 2019-2020 year. I obtained my Bachelor's degree with majors in Astrophysics, Physics, and German from the University of California, Berkeley in 2017. Outside of university, I am a member of the leader team for the International Astronomical Youth Camp (IAYC), a non-profit organization based in Germany.

Last updated June 2020

Research Description

I joined the South Pole Telescope (SPT) collaboration in 2018 in the Vieira group. SPT surveys the sub-mm sky primarily to study the cosmic microwave background, or relic light from the Big Bang. I am currently working on creating the catalogue of point sources (mostly extremely distant, dust-enshrouded galaxies) found in the current generation of data.


  • University of California, Berkeley – Bachelor of Arts in Astrophysics, Physics, German (2017)

External URLs


  • Spring 2019 - ASTR 121, TA
  • Fall 2018 - ASTR 122, TA

In The News

  • Four professors, one instructor, and one TA are on the Fall 2018 Excellent Teacher list. Professors Bryan Dunne and Brian Fields were listed as Outstanding. Others on the list include: Professors Charles Gammie, Joaquin Vieira, and Tony Wong, Instructor Amanda Winans, and TA Melanie Archipley.