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Denise C. Nuttall Stephens is an associate professor of astronomy in the College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Brigham Young University.[1]

Denise C. Nuttall Stephens
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Occupationassociate professor
Known forhelped discover planet KELT-16b
Academic background
Alma materNew Mexico State University; Brigham Young University
Academic work
Main interestsBrown dwarfs


Education and research experienceEdit

Stephens graduated from Brigham Young University in 1996 as an undergraduate student with a degree in Physics. She received her Master's and Ph.D. in Astronomy from New Mexico State University. She completed her a postgraduate program at the Space Telescope Science Institute and at Johns Hopkins University. She joined the faculty of BYU in 2007.[2] She studies the atmosphere of brown dwarves, looks for and classifies binary systems, studies TNOs, and uses telescopes both on ground and in space to collect infrared data.[1] In 2017, she and a team of undergraduates at BYU published their discovery of a new planet called KELT-16b, which was made as part of the KELT project.[3]

Community involvementEdit

Stephens is a coordinator of the BYU Astronomical Society.[4] She also runs an annual public event called Astrofest which introduces physics and astronomy to kids in a fun way.[5] She is the team captain of an on-campus flag football team which is the only women's intramural faculty team at BYU.[6]

Personal lifeEdit

Denise Stephens is married and is a mother to seven children.[6]


  1. ^ a b Astronomy, BYU Physics and. "Faculty/Staff Directory". Retrieved 2018-01-18.
  2. ^ "ChronicleVitae". ChronicleVitae for higher ed jobs, career tools and advice. Retrieved 2018-01-18.
  3. ^ "Planet discovery a lesson in persistence, BYU astronomy students say". The Salt Lake Tribune. Retrieved 2018-01-19.
  4. ^ "BYU Astronomical Society | Night Sky Network". Retrieved 2018-01-19.
  5. ^ BYU, Jessilyn Gale. "BYU professors lead next generation of female scientists". Daily Herald. Retrieved 2018-01-19.
  6. ^ a b Murphy, Jen (2017-11-25). "The Football Team Full of Ph.Ds". Wall Street Journal. ISSN 0099-9660. Retrieved 2018-01-19.