UMass-URI Gravity Research Consortium

Gravitational waves from LIGO’s first detection

Welcome to the UMass-URI Gravity Research Consortium (U2GRC).

The U2GRC is a collaboration between the gravity research groups at UMass Dartmouth and the University of Rhode Island. The research areas of interest to the group members include: black holes, gravitational waves, multi-messenger astronomy, astrophysics and quantum gravitation. Most members are part of the LIGO Science Collaboration or the LISA Consortium. Research efforts in the U2GRC are funded through multiple National Science Foundation (NSF) grants, NASA and private foundations (FQXi and others).

U2GRC members collaborate externally with other research groups including the Simulating Extreme Spacetimes (SXS) Collaboration (Caltech & Cornell), Kavli Institute for Astrophysics (MIT), Black Hole Initiative & Center for Astrophysics (Harvard), Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics (Germany), Texas Tech, Penn State University and Louisiana State University.


  • Multiple funded PhD positions available at the U²GRC - Multiple funded PhD positions are available at the UMass Dartmouth and University of Rhode Island gravity research group.  We seek candidates for multiple, fully-funded PhD positions at UMass Dartmouth and the University of Rhode Island in the broad area of gravitational-wave science.  Gravitational physics researchers at both universities have recently established the UMass-URI Gravity Research […]
  • Congratulations Dr. Tousif Islam - Tousif just passed his PhD dissertation defense! Congratulations Dr. Islam! The title of Tousif’s dissertation is “From Source Modeling to Data Analysis with Numerical Relativity and Perturbation Theory“. Advisor: Dr. Scott Field, Department of Mathematics. Committee: Dr. Zheng Chen, Department of Mathematics, Dr. Robert Fisher, Department of Physics, and Dr. Gaurav Khanna, Department of Physics, […]
  • U²GRC PhD students and faculty gain new insights on binary black holes - UMass Dartmouth PhD students Tousif Islam (lead author) and Feroz H. Shaik, alongside Assistant Professor Vijay Varma and Associate Professor Scott Field (mathematics), recently published findings that include the identification of a binary black hole system that was most likely formed through dynamical capture and whose collision produced the second fastest-moving black hole observed (denoted GW191109 by astronomers). Full story here: https://www.umassd.edu/news/2023/binary-black-holes
  • U²GRC Featured in the MGHPCC Booth at Supercomputing ’23 Conference - The MGHPCC will be showcasing several computational projects from UMass and URI at their Booth in the large Supercomputing ’23 Conference in Denver next month. The U2GRC is prominently figured in multiple panels. The details can be seen at the virtual booth here: https://sc23.mghpcc.org/project/the-umass-uri-gravity-research-consortium-u2grc/
  • Assistant Professor — QIS / gravity - The Physics Department at the University of Rhode Island (URI) invites applications for a full-time tenure-track position of an Assistant Professor of Physics beginning in the fall of 2024, specifically for a theorist or computational physicist working in the field of Quantum Information Science (QIS). The Department has recently established multiple new QIS-related degree programs and […]
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