Joey Nadol ‘22 

Joey’s work focuses on improving the detection of exoplanets, which are planets orbiting stars beyond our own Solar System.

Why did you pursue this project?
I chose my project because I’d always been interested in space – even as a little kid I enjoyed stargazing and imagining what might be out there in our vast universe. When I was around 10, I heard of the Kepler mission and the vast impact it had on the search for exoplanets, and I followed it quite closely. I think my most-visited website as a 10-year-old was (closely followed by and So when the opportunity presented itself to join IRP and eventually find exoplanets, I jumped at the chance. It’s a dream come true to be able to do the work that I do, and I can’t wait to continue it in college.

NYSSEF 2022 - USMA Award, First Place in Category, ISEF Nomination
WESEF 2022 - Second Place in Category
Published in March 2022, Astronomy & Astrophysics (
WR-JSHS 2022 - First Place (Local Speakers Room)
NYSSEF 2021 - Third Place in Category
WESEF 2021 - Fourth Place in Category