In this News @ Wesleyan story, we speak with Sam Factor ’14, a graduate student in astronomy.
Q: Sam, congratulations on completing your master’s thesis in astronomy! We understand you took your first astronomy class in the fall of your senior year at Wesleyan. What was your undergraduate major and how did your late-developing interest in astronomy come about?
A: Thank you very much! As an undergrad, I majored in physics and computer science. During the fall of my senior year I took Introductory Astronomy (ASTR 155). I signed up for the course mainly because I wanted an interesting and relatively easy course to fill out my schedule. I had been interested in astronomy since I was very young, but had never taken a formal class. I absolutely loved the class and decided to apply to the BA/MA program.
Q: How and when did you decide to stay on at Wesleyan to pursue a master’s degree in astronomy?
A: I actually decided to apply to the BA/MA program only a few weeks before the application was due!