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.


  • Tousif Islam’s KITP postdoctoral fellowship - Congrats to Tousif Islam, who recently accepted a postdoctoral fellowship position at the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics (KITP) at UC Santa Barbara. These internationally competitive postdoctoral positions allow for full scientific freedom in carrying out a research agenda, and most enviable of all, a beautiful beach is right next to the KITP building.
  • Bob’s Supernova Research Featured in Quanta - Here is a Quanta story featuring the research of former and current UMass Dartmouth graduate students Niranjan Roy, Vishal Tiwari, Daniel Kosakowski, and Dr. Rahul Kashyap:https://www.quantamagazine.org/what-lights-the-universes-standard-candles-20230208/ The results featured were published in an Astrophysical Journal Letter earlier this year with Niranjan as lead author and the other current and former students as co-authors along with […]
  • 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 […]
  • Manas passes his doctoral thesis proposal defense! - Congrats to Manas for passing his thesis proposal with flying colors! Discontinuous Galerkin method for simulating gravitational waves from merging black holes with extreme masses by Manas VishalJanuary 20, 2023 – CSCDR (Textiles 105) –– 10:00am. With the detection of first gravitational waves in 2015 by Laser Interferometer Gravitational wave Observatories (LIGO), which was recently […]
  • Tousif’s new paper on black hole remnant properties and impact on perturbation theory waveform models - Remnant black hole properties from numerical-relativity-informed perturbation theory and implications for waveform modelling Tousif Islam, Scott E. Field, Gaurav Khanna Preprint: arXiv:2301.07215 (2023)
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