Samantha Chappell

Career Goals: Astronomy professor

Her Story: Samantha Chappell always knew she’d major in astronomy. Intrigued by the life cycle of stars in elementary school, she’s maintained her interest in what she calls science’s “final frontier.”



"MY PROFESSORS HAVE BEEN
SO HELPFUL IN LOOKING
FOR RESEARCH OPPORTUNITIES
THAT I AM ELIGIBLE FOR
AS AN INTERNATIONAL STUDENT.
THEY ARE VERY HANDS-ON
IN BUILDING YOUR CAREER."

—ANDREIA CARRILLO

Favorite Experience: Working with professor Eric Bell on observations of stellar halos. The team spent four nights at the Magellan Telescopes in Chile looking for features of stellar halos thought to be created through the accretion of dwarf galaxies. She’s third author on a paper from this research and hopes to be a first author before she graduates.

“I’ve been doing hands-on research since freshman year, and the experience is irreplaceable. I see classes as the preparation and research as the main event. You get to journey into unexplored territory where trial and error is encouraged and no one knows the answer when you set out. I’m getting a great sense of what a career in astronomy is all about.”