About Me

Hi! My name is Aylin García Soto, I was born in Dominican Republic but have been a citizen in the US since 2007, so I'm fluent in both Spanish and English.

Also, recently learned about Canva's magic edit feature so here's me in different clothes


  • I am a fourth year graduate student at Dartmouth College. I am both a research assistant and teaching assitant and have won two awards on TA'ing and received an honorable mention for the NSF GFRP.
  • I've fist-authored two papers and am currently writing a third (planned for a fourth and maybe...fifth?).
  • With every research experience I've had, I've either operated a telescope or worked for one (i.e. MIT/TESS - Pictured below).
  • Pop Quiz: What are the streaks?

The Fun Side

  • Yes my first name is of Turkish origin but I'm not Turkish (BUT I am learning Turkish so yay! Plus, attempting to learn the other Latin languages)
  • I was in jazz band all through high school and so I love playing the guitar.
  • I love every genre of everything except heavy metal music (sorry friends), but I love sci-fi media like Three Body Problem (show, currently reading the books!)
  • I am proficient in photoshop, so if you need me to photoshop something whether funny or scientific, contact me.
    Exhibit A: Steph and Katie at MDM Exhibit B: I made the background of this website!
  • I don't have pets but I have sat for both cats and dogs (and beta fish).
  • I learned how to drive in graduate school so beware (no I'm just kidding, I passed...the second time)
  • I recently have taken up painting for fun (well... "fun" is arguable, since I have zero patience in waiting for it to dry).



Recently, under Prof. Elisabeth Newton, I conducted a survey on 30 M dwarfs previously identified as fast rotating stars (Rotational Period < 10 days) to examine their magnetism. Using time-series optical photometry from the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) and contemporaneous optical spectra obtained using the Ohio State Multi-Object Spectrograph (OSMOS) on the 2.4m Hiltner telescope at MDM Observatory in Arizona, I measured rotation periods and photometric amplitudes from TESS light curves using Gaussian Processes. My findings suggest a weak positive correlation between H alpha luminosity and the semi-amplitude, Rvar. I also observed short-term variability (between 20-45 minutes) in H alpha equivalent widths and possible enhancement from flares consistent with recent literature. I presented these results at the 21st Cambridge workshoop on Cool Stars, Stellar Systems, and the Sun and published my second, first-author paper in The Astronomical Journal (NASA ADS) and PDF viewer

Currently, I'm reducing and analyzing more H alpha Short-Term variability data.


I participated in two funded research programs during undergraduate summers where I used telescopes including the Hopkins 0.6m telescope at Williams College, Clay 9-inch reflector telescope at Harvard, and Apache Point Observatory 20" telescope in New Mexico. With Dr. Steven Souza at Williams College, I searched for Be stars by measuring excess emission at H alpha using AstroImageJ to remove inaccurate magnitude measurements. With Dr., now Professor at Michigan State, Joseph Rodriguez at Harvard, I conducted optical follow-up observations of 5 eclipsing binaries and found the timing of one eclipse to be off by three hours, suggesting a perturbing third-body. These experiences provided me with skills in astronomical data analysis, python, and a strong foundation for future research projects. Results were presented at American Astronomical Society conferences.

After my REUs, I worked with Prof. Edward Moran for my undergraduate thesis, for which I received honors. We searched for "Changing-look AGNs" (CLAGNs) using X-ray data from the Einstein and ROSAT missions in order to help determine the accretion duty cycle. We identified 10 AGNs, confirming one Seyfert 2 galaxy as a potential CLAGN. I developed skills in working with X-ray data, writing my own code, and presenting my results.

I then conducted a funded summer research project with Prof. William Herbst studying V 582 Mon, a young T Tauri binary system with a precessing and warped circumbinary ring. Using data from the SMARTS/ANDICAM instrument and python, I created phase-folded light curves, color-magnitude diagrams, and extinction curves, and found that star B may be spotted and that the trailing edge of the ring is clumpier in the optical and more transparent in the infrared than the leading edge. I presented these findings at the AAS conference and published my first, first-author paper on The Astronomical Journal, further strengthening my skills in coding and science writing (NASA ADS). PDF viewer




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