Holly Capelo, a graduate student in the Astronomy Department, wrote a contribution to “astrobites,” an e-newsletter for students and others interested in astronomy. In her article, titled “Careers, Like Space Missions, are Tricky: How a Master’s Degree Can Help,” Capelo writes about her experience as a M.A. student at Wesleyan:
“In general the program is quite flexible: the curriculum includes a baseline number of astronomy courses and the rest of the course work is custom fit for individual students’ backgrounds and goals; often the candidates have undergraduate degrees in related fields, such as math, physics and computer science, and acquire astronomy-specific research and academic experience during their time there. The small department is housed entirely in an antique observatory on a bucolic liberal arts campus.”
At Wesleyan, Capelo studies transition disks in young stellar objects at optical and near-infrared wavelengths. Her advisor is Bill Herbst, the John Monroe Van Vleck Professor of Astronomy. Read the entire article online here.