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Undergraduate Profiles

What’s it like to be an undergraduate majoring in astronomy at U-M? Three students share their stories.


BS/Astronomy & Astrophysics (Academic Track)

Andreia is doing research with professor Bell on stellar halos and plans to use the Magellan Telescopes in Chile.

"My professors have been so helpful in looking for research opportunities that i am eligible for as an international student. They are very hands-on in building your career."

—Andreia Carrillo


BS/Astronomy & Astrophysics and Physics (Academic Track)

Will changed from pre-med to astrophysics when he discovered a passion for using physics to unravel the natural world. He's interested in exoplanets, and his research has included atmospheric modeling of Saturn's largest moon and spectroscopic analysis of the state of Nitrogen in nearby nebulae.

"The best thing about this department is getting to work with world-class researchers doing cutting-edge science."

—William Waalkes



BS/Astronomy & Astrophysics (Academic Track)

Sierra is doing research with professor Calvet on the evolution of circumstellar disks. She recently went to the Kitt Peak National Observatory in Arizona with the Astro 461 observing course.

"This class was incredible. We did everything we’d do as practicing astronomers."

—Sierra Grant