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 […]
  • U²GRC member wins Postdoc award of the State of Brandenburg - Vijay Varma, who will be joining as a faculty member in Fall 2023, won the postdoc award of the State of Brandenburg. With this award, the state of Brandenburg honors outstanding research work by postdocs at universities and non-university research institutions. The prize is endowed with 20,000 euros. Vijay was honored with this award for […]
  • U²GRC featured at MGHPCC Booth at Supercomputing ’22 - The Massachusetts Green High-Performance Computing Center (MGHPCC) is a collaboration of the five major research universities in Massachusetts including Boston University, Harvard, MIT, Northeastern and UMass. The collaboration built a dedicated data center in 2012 located in Holyoke, MA that hosts the research computing infrastructure of these universities. In addition, the MGHPCC also leads other activities that enhance research computing in the region […]
  • U²GRC celebrates Scott’s tenure accomplishment! - At the U²GRC meeting at URI yesterday, we celebrated Scott Field’s major accomplishment — the award of tenure and promotion at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth! Scott is now a tenured Associate Professor. Congratulations Scott! We got Scott a card, a personalized mug and a coffee maker. And thoroughly embarrassed him in the process, of […]
  • U²GRC member Rob Coyne on WPRI-12 News! - University of Rhode Island astrophysicist Rob Coyne joined 12 News at 4 Thursday to discuss the recent Starlink satellite launch and several upcoming astronomical events. Watch the full video here: https://www.wpri.com/news/local-news/community-focus/community-focus-uris-rob-coyne/
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