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.

Clarissa Leight '18
Clarissa Leight '18: As an intern, I met astronomy researchers and presented my findings at 2016 Division of Planetary Science conference.
Erica Keller
Erica Keller '15: atop a volcano in Mexico, I gathered real data that I would use later in the year to research galaxies billions of light years away.
Julita Penido - Best Laid Plans
Julita Penido '12: in the Astronomy Department, I learned to be open to new possibilities, even if they didn’t follow the conventional path to success.