What’s it like to be an undergraduate majoring in astronomy at U-M? Three students share their stories.
BS/Astronomy & Astrophysics (Academic Track), Spring 2013
Samantha is doing research with professor Bell on stellar halos, which included a multi-night observation at the Magellan Telescopes in Chile.
“I’ve been doing hands-on research since freshman year, and the experience is irreplaceable.”
BS/Astronomy & Astrophysics (Academic Track), Fall 2012
Mary is modeling protoplanetary disks with professor Calvet. She plans to do public outreach through a planetarium or observatory.
“I attended a talk by a graduate student who was combining astronomy with museum studies, and it gave me a window to things I could do with my degree.”
BS/Astronomy (Interdisciplinary Track), Fall 2012
Trevor switched from pre-dentistry after an astronomy elective captured his imagination. He chose the Interdisciplinary Track because it would allow him to more gradually augment his chemistry background with physics. He’s working with professor Bergin, following the trail of water and organics in the universe.
For a more complete list of Astronomy majors and minors, please see our Undergraduate Student page in the People section.