Benjamin and Valerie Boizelle

Although his family moved frequently in his youth, Ben is most recently from Mesa, Arizona and is the middle child of five. He attended Brigham Young University starting in 2006 and volunteered as a full-time proselyting missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints between 2007 and 2009. He became interested in active galactic nuclei (AGN) early on at BYU and developed a student project to detect AGN microvariability using the Remote Observatory for Variable Object Research (ROVOR). He also spent extensive time observing with the BYU David D. Derrick telescope and operating telescopes at West Mountain Observatory (WMO). After completing a B.S. in Physics and Astronomy at BYU in 2012, Dr. Boizelle was accepted into the graduate program at the University of California, Irvine. While in the Ph.D. program in Physics and Astronomy, which he completed in 2018, he assisted in teaching several undergraduate-level physics and astronomy courses at UCI, and he has also taught introductory astronomy courses part time at Santa Ana College. In addition to this formal instruction, he frequently volunteered with the UCI Astronomy Outreach program to bring telescopes and knowledge to local groups and K-12 schools.


He met his wife Valerie at BYU and they married in her home of Portland, OR in June of 2013. Valerie holds a B.M. in Piano Performance and is the owner/instructor of Poco a Poco Piano Studio. They have three old female dogs - a toy poodle named Stella, a bichon frise-chihuahua mix named Snowball, and a mutt named Gizmo. In his limited free time, Ben enjoys road biking, regional cooking, and singing baritone in the multi-locale Millennial Choirs and Orchestras. Together, he and his wife have participated in the recording of two albums with MCO, most recently in the historic Salt Lake City Tabernacle. During their studies, they have enjoyed traveling and visiting the many diverse places of this country from Griffith Observatory (Los Angeles, CA) to Carnegie Hall (New York City, NY). One of their fondest trips was to Salem, OR to see the Total Solar Eclipse of 2017 through a viewing party sponsored by the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry.

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Dr. Benjamin Boizelle

Assistant Professor

Brigham Young University

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