The Astronomy Lynk: Curriculum to Career

Experiential learning and career-focused advising

The Astronomy Department encourages all majors to seek out opportunities that connect classroom study at Mount Holyoke with experiential learning in internships and research projects and with immersion in another culture through study, internships, or research abroad. The learning from such connections is important preparation not only for post-graduate education and careers, but also for active citizenship in today’s global world.

Students choose from on-campus opportunities with faculty, summer internships with members of the Five College Astronomy Department, and off-campus activities at NASA centers and with other astronomy research groups around the world. Our faculty work with students to help sleuth out the best opportunities and apply for them in a timely fashion. Research undertaken in the summer for the senior year often leads to senior thesis, and further graduate study.

Katherine Bracher
Katherine Bracher ’60: Every night I sketched comet Arend-Roland and took pictures in the observatory dome and was hooked!
Helena Valvur
Helena Valvur ’18: the experience of working in a lab has taught me to be independent and confident in my own abilities.
Claire Schwartz
Claire Schwartz '16: I created maps of mars missions for NASA using ArcGIS and MatLab, which I learned in my planetary science class.