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CIERA REU Students Discover Careers in Astronomy

Continuing an annual tradition, the CIERA Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program hosted a live, online career panel July 31 for our summer undergraduate researchers, organized by Aaron Geller. Dr. Geller referenced a longitudinal study of astronomy graduate students by the American Institute of Physics at the beginning of the discussion. The panelists showcase the wide range of career paths possible for individuals holding astro/physics PhDs.

Evghenii Gaburov : NVIDIA (GPU Software Developer)
Regina Jorgenson : Maria Mitchell Association (Astronomer at a Non-profit)
Jesús Pando : DePaul University (Physics Faculty and Department Chair)
Leslie Sage : Nature (Editor)
Andrew Schechtman-Rook : Capital One Labs (Data Science and Non-investment Finance Professional)
Lucianne Walkowicz : Adler Planetarium (Astronomer at a Museum)

Aaron Geller is director of the Northwestern CIERA REU program and an astronomer jointly appointed at Northwestern and the Adler Planetarium. Geller develops astronomy visualizations and researches star clusters and stellar evolution.

View the archived panel discussion on YouTube.
Check out the longitudinal study of astronomy students by AIP.
Learn more about CIERA’s REU program.