Job Goal: Technical position in astronomy

His Story: Trevor McNeill came to U-M to study dentistry, but two astronomy courses he took as a sophomore “just for fun” lured him to the field. He chose the Interdisciplinary Track because its lighter physics demands will allow him to more gradually augment his chemistry background with computational physics. He is captivated by hands-on research and plans to do technical work in astronomy before deciding on graduate school.



"I DEFINITELY FEEL
THE INTRIGUING PART OF
ASTRONOMY IS THERE'S CONSTANT
CHANGE— WHAT I'M DOING ONE DAY OR
YEAR MAY NOT BE WHAT I'M
DOING LATER."

— Trevor McNeill

Favorite Experience: Working with astrochemistry professor Ted Bergin, applying his chemistry background to astronomical problems. “This is my third summer with Professor Bergin, following the trail of water and organics. I’m learning problem-solving techniques and how to deal with astronomical data. It’s giving me skills I can use on the job and showing me what a future research career would be like.”