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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

May 9, 2016

Dr. Michael Troxel to address Missouri Academy commencement

Dr. Michael A. Troxel

Dr. Michael A. Troxel

Dr. Michael A. Troxel, 2004 graduate from Northwest Missouri State University’s Missouri Academy of Science, Mathematics and Computing, will address its class of 2016.

Troxel, an astrophysicist, will deliver the keynote address at the Missouri Academy’s graduation ceremony on Saturday, May 28. The commencement ceremony begins at 1 p.m. in the Ron Houston Center for the Performing Arts.

“Dr. Michael Troxel came from humble beginnings, and was an outstanding student while he was here at the Missouri Academy,” said Dr. Cleo Samudzi, the dean of the Missouri Academy. “He has done very well. He is exemplary and a role model for the upcoming Missouri Academy students and graduates. Having him speak is an opportunity to spotlight his life and achievements.”

Troxel is a research associate at the Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics at the University of Manchester. He leads efforts in the Dark Energy Survey to use measurements of cosmic shear to learn about fundamental mysteries of the universe, including the nature of dark energy, the distribution of matter, and the formation and evolution of large-scale structure.

Troxel has authored more than 25 publications about research topics, including weak gravitational lensing, exact representations of nonlinear structure in general relativity, supernovae modeling, and large-scale galaxy survey measurement methods and systematics control. This includes an invited review article on the impact of galaxy intrinsic alignment in weak lensing studies.

Troxel has received numerous honors, including the Robert S. Hyer Graduate Research award from the Physical Society, the David E. Daniel Graduate Fellowship and multiple National Aeronautics and Space Administration/Texas Space Grant Consortium Fellowships.

He received a Bachelor of Science degree in astrophysics and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics from the University of Oklahoma in 2008 and a Doctorate of Philosophy degree at the University of Texas-Dallas in 2014.

The Missouri Academy will graduate 67 students this spring, and 80 percent of them will continue their studies in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields, Samudzi said.

Individuals interested in attending the commencement ceremony should contact Sue Smith, administrative secretary at the Missouri Academy, at 660.562.1960 or

In addition to the Saturday commencement ceremony, the Missouri Academy Class of 2016 will attend a graduation banquet with their families and Missouri Academy staff at 6 p.m. Friday, May 27, in the J.W. Jones Student Union Ballroom.

The Missouri Academy was established in 2000 as a two-year residential, early-entrance-to-college program on the Northwest campus. The program replaces the junior and senior year of high school. Academy students enroll in the same classes as traditional students and are held to the same academic expectations while living, socializing and studying in a learning community of peers. For more information about the Missouri Academy, visit

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468