Dr. Phill Reed leads an active astrophysics research group that employs several undergraduate research assistants each semester. His research includes studying mass transfers between stars, stellar magnetic fields, stellar evolution, and other dynamic properties such as the pulsations and rotations of individual stars. He is also heavily involved in an international collaboration discovering new extrasolar planets.
Making use of Kutztown University's on-campus research observatory, Dr. Reed's students learn observational methods of high-precision photometry and high-resolution spectroscopy. Their work often leads to presentations at professional conferences that earn them co-authorship on papers appearing in peer-reviewed journals.