Students & Alumnae

Current Majors and Minors

  CLASS YEAR PROGRAM(S)
K. Anissa Benzaid 2015 astrophysics  
Kirsten Blancato 2015 astrophysics  
Michaela Fendrock 2015 astronomy geoscience
Anna Payne 2015 astrophysics  
Arden Radford 2015 astronomy economics
Anicia Arredondo 2016 astrophysics  
Gillian Beltz-Mohrmann 2016 astrophysics  
Rose Gibson 2016 astrophysics  
Anne-Marie Hartt 2016 astrophysics  
Camille Samulski 2016 astrophysics  
Sormeh Yadzi 2016 astrophysics  

Additions or other changes to this list should be communicated to Prof. Wes Watters.

ASTRO Club

The ASTRO Club is a student organization that meets for recreational observing, astrophotography, and other activities. The e-mail contact for the ASTRO Club is vega [at] wellesley [dot] edu.

Careers for Astronomy Majors

Approximately half of our majors go on to graduate school and work toward a Ph.D. in astronomy or astrophysics. Graduates who completed their doctorates have gone on to work at NASA and at institutions such as Cornell University, Williams College, and Harvard University.

Those who choose not to pursue advanced degrees in astronomy apply their skills in other ways, including operating telescopes at Kitt Peak National Observatory and working as research assistants at institutions such as the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. Others have gone on to work in computer science, law, business, education and the Peace Corps. Their science backgrounds have prepared them to find success in many domains.

More information:

Alumnae

 

Alumnae news:

  • (2012 Feb.) Asteroid (165192) 2000 QD235 has been named (165192) Neugent for Kathryn Neugent '10 with the following citation: “research assistant at Lowell Observatory and computer scientist at the MITRE Corporation, has discovered hundreds of yellow supergiants and Wolf-Rayet stars in nearby galaxies. As an undergraduate she studied Koronis family minor planets and the rings of Saturn.”
  • (2011 Dec.) Alceste Bonanos '00, Astronomer at the National Observatory of Athens, has been awarded a Greek L'Oreal-UNESCO Prize 2011 for Women in Science. (video, in Greek; opens in new window)

 

Updated information for this list should be communicated to Prof. Wendy Bauer.

For alumnae of the interdepartmental Astrophysics program, also see the list of Physics alumnae.

  class year program(s)
Rebecca Bernstein 2014 Astronomy minor Philosophy
Lucia Perez 2014 Astrophysics Women & gender studies
Helen Ressler 2014 Astronomy History
Carolyn Thayer 2014 Astronomy Computer Science
Kerrin Arnold 2013 Astronomy Classical Civ.
Lynn Geiger 2013 Astronomy Geosciences
Lamiya Mowla 2013 Astrophysics  
Annabelle Batista 2012 Astrophysics  
Deborah Tien 2012 Astrophysics  
Eleanor Byler 2011 Astrophysics  
Phuong Ngo 2011 Astrophysics Japanese Lang. & Lit.
Allison Youngblood 2010 Astrophysics  
Kathryn Neugent 2010 Astronomy Computer Science
Jaclyn Payne DS2010 Astronomy  
M. Claire Thoma 2010 Astronomy French
Sowdamini Saraswati 2010 Astronomy Minor Political Science
Rebekah Dawson 2009 Astrophysics  
Molly Wasser 2009 Astronomy Minor Cinema and Media Studies
Sharon Kotz 2008 Astrophysics  
Talia Sepersky 2008 Astrophysics  
Amanda Zangari 2008 Astrophysics  
Billie Briones 2008 Astronomy Anthropology
Cody Squire 2008 Astronomy  
Jennifer Carne 2008 Astronomy Minor Economics
Alessondra Springmann 2007 Astrophysics  
Kelly A. Wallenstein 2007 Astrophysics  
Kathleen E. Scorza 2007 Astronomy Minor History
Rachel A. Hock 2006 Astrophysics  
Rebecca Stoll 2006? Astrophysics  
Laura Faulkner 2006 Astronomy Minor American Studies?
Elizabeth Lundin 2006 Astronomy Minor Political Science
Wendy P. Hawley 2005 Astrophysics  
Christine M. Simpson 2005 Astronomy Minor Mathematics
Lesley L. Yen 2005 Astronomy Minor Economics
Jennifer M. Huff 2004 Astrophysics  
Melissa Rice 2004 Astrophysics  
Chelsea L. Tiffany 2004 Astrophysics  
Emily C. Bowsher 2004 Astronomy Computer Science
Morgan P. Carberry 2004 Astronomy Minor French
Bena W. Chang 2004 Astronomy Minor English
Sarah H. Lee 2004 Astronomy Minor English
Sarah M. Rettger 2004 Astronomy Minor Latin American Studies
Carolyn A. Schultz 2004 Astronomy Minor Political Science
Francesca D. d'Arcangelo 2003 Astrophysics  
Marjorie M. Frankel 2003 Astrophysics  
Rebecca K. Rosengard 2003 Astronomy  
Julia W. Felton 2003 Astronomy Minor Psychology
Julia S. Levine 2003 Astronomy Minor English
Carolin N. Cardamone 2002 Astronomy Mathematics
Lindsay C. DeRemer 2002 Astronomy Geology
Tara A. Donner 2002 Astronomy Minor English
Jennifer M. Piscopo 2002 Astronomy Minor Latin American Studies
Gillian Curran 2001 Astronomy  
Kathryn A. Odiorne 2001 Astronomy Physics
Erika L. Reinfeld 2001 Astronomy Theatre Studies
Franchesa C. Herrera 2001 Astronomy Minor Political Science
Kimberlee A. Williamson 2001 Astronomy Minor Classical Civilizations
Mie Yoshinaga 2001 Astronomy Minor Art History
Alceste Z. Bonanos 2000 Astronomy Physics
Stacey B. Bubolz 2000 Astronomy  
Logan M. Hennessy 2000 Astronomy  
Demerese M. Salter 2000 Astronomy Physics
Carrie L. Ryan 2000 Astronomy Minor American Studies
Monique Aller 1999 Astronomy Physics? ME/R Studies?
Katerina B. Antypas 1999 Astronomy Physics
Kerrie Ann McKinstry 1999 Astronomy Physics
Lisa Noelani Reinker 1999 Astronomy  
Caitlin B. Augusta 1999 Astronomy Minor Med/Ren Studies
Rebecca L. Harvell 1999 Astronomy Minor History
Rachel L. Oppenheim 1999 Astronomy Minor English
Sonya Rhee 1999 Astronomy Minor Film and Media Studies
Kate R. Butler 1998 Astronomy  
Rebecca Danos 1998 Astrophysics (individual major)  
Kathleen A. Sewall 1997 Astronomy  
Joellen G. Kusiowski 1997 Astronomy Minor Anthropology
Katrin S. Hagemann 1996 Astronomy Physics
Alexandria Ware 1996 Astronomy Physics
Kristen G. Laudadio 1996 Astronomy Minor Art History
Sarah A. Weisman 1996 Astronomy Minor History
Sarah W. Womack 1996 Astronomy Minor International Relations
Catherine J. Sinnott 1995 Astronomy  
Deanne M. Taylor 1995 Astronomy Physics
Beth Sundheim 1995 Astronomy Minor Russian
Kathleen M. Burke 1994 Astronomy Minor  
Elaine J. Rigas 1994 Astronomy Minor History
Michelle F. Freddolino 1993 Astronomy  
Sara A. Maene 1993 Astronomy Physics
Jennifer L. Olson 1993 Astronomy  
Deborah L. Gelch 1993 Astronomy Minor Art History
Jean Kiesow 1993 Astronomy Minor Mathematics
Tamarleigh Grenfell 1993 Astronomy  
Colleen McGhee 1993 Astronomy  
Heidi L. Keefe 1992 Astronomy Spanish
Jennifer Rogers 1992 Astronomy  
Emily Mason 1992 Astronomy  
Martina B. Arndt 1991 Astronomy  
Nancy Janet Chanover 1991 Astronomy  
Jennifer Lynn Hedden 1991 Astronomy  
Tara C. Woods 1991 Astronomy Physics
Mary Ann Clark 1990 Astronomy  
Nergis Mavalvala 1990 Astronomy  
Heather Paige Imboden 1990 Astronomy Minor Architecture
Leyla Feride Yildiz 1990 Astronomy Minor  
Misti McConahay 1990 Astronomy Minor Japanese
Joanne Merrill Attridge 1989 Astronomy  
Kristin Adrienne Blais 1989 Astronomy Chinese
Suzanne Elaine Nelson San 1989 Astronomy Architecture
Rebecca Peyton Webb Easterby 1989 Astronomy Minor Architecture
Lisa Engel 1989 Astronomy  
Jeanne D. Troth 1988 Astronomy Minor Mathematics
Delinda Goodwin 1988 Astronomy  
Elisha Polomski 1988 Astronomy  
Mary Elizabeth Ramsay Marchese 1988 Astronomy  
Dana Rudolph 1988 Astronomy Med/Ren Studies
Joan Flanagan 1987 Astronomy  
Maragert McDuffie Chapman 1987 Astrophysics (individual major)  
Amy Mossman 1987 Astronomy  
Ana Canizares 1985 Astronomy Physics
Susan Greenawald 1985 Astronomy  
Laura Lewis 1985 Astronomy Studio Art
Noreen Brown Mecklenborg 1985 Astronomy Physics
Sherene Aram 1984 Astronomy Physics
Patricia Henning 1984 Astronomy Physics
Jennifer Horton 1984 Astronomy  
Karen Lasky Pappas 1984 Astronomy Physics
Elizabeth Burr 1983 Astronomy  
Elizabeth McCormack 1983 Astronomy Physics
Pamela Melroy 1983 Astronomy Physics
Catherine White 1983 Astronomy Physics
Larrene Harada 1982 Astronomy Physics
Jennifer Bond Hickman 1982 Astronomy Physics
Ruth Chang 1981 Astronomy Physics
Mary Dussault 1981 Astronomy  
Maryann Otter 1981 Astronomy  
Elisabeth Street 1981 Astronomy American Studies
Kristin Thompson 1981 Astronomy  
Ingrid Wysong 1981 Astronomy Physics
Deborah Crocker 1980 Astronomy Physics
Julie Morgan Rusch 1980 Astronomy  
Hilary Wallace 1979 Astronomy  
Alice Argon 1978 Astronomy  
Catherine Leslie 1978 Astronomy History
Janie Phillips Schwab 1978 Astronomy Music
Beverly Kehoe 1977 Astronomy  
Elizabeth Casabona Cronauer 1976 Astronomy  
Donna MacLaskey Fahey 1976 Astronomy  
Peggy O'Neal 1976 Astronomy  
Patti Guida Twigg 1976 Astronomy Math
Pamela Chin 1975 Astronomy Physics
Pamela Owensby 1975 Astronomy  
Barbara Capron 1974 Astronomy  
Lola Eachus Chaisson 1974 Astronomy  
Catherine Collard Dahl 1974 Astronomy  
Susan Nygard Kronenberger 1974 Astronomy  
Diane Grannan Patton 1974 Astronomy  
Martha Haynes 1973 Astronomy Physics
Karen Stewart 1973 Astronomy  
Faith Vilas 1973 Astronomy  
Pamela Knight Wetherbee 1973 Astronomy  
Margaret O'Rear Calcagni 1972 Astronomy  
Linda Lucignani Crawford 1972 Astronomy  
Karen Kwitter 1972 Astronomy Physics
Mary Shultes Lingel 1972 Astronomy  
Anne Mitchell 1972 Astronomy  
Debra Smith Pabst 1971 Astronomy  
Cordelia Ubben Stroinigg 1971 Astronomy German
Carole Crane Finck 1970 Astronomy  
Jocelyn Keene 1970 Astronomy  
Marilyn Twomey Smith 1970 Astronomy  
Judy Sterling Eckart 1969 Astronomy  
Marian Bliss White 1969 Astronomy  
Corinne Stowe Floyd 1968 Astronomy  
Nan Hamilton 1968 Astronomy  
Margaret Rinse Grove 1967 Astronomy  
Frances McConnell Mower 1967 Astronomy  
Theodora Hoe Reynolds 1967 Astronomy  
Nancy Remage Evans 1966 Astronomy  
Sally Wickham Stemwedel 1966 Astronomy Math
Barbara Butterworth 1965 Astronomy  
Doris Austin Price 1965 Astronomy  
Donna Weistrop 1965 Astronomy  
Jean Deupree 1964 Astronomy  
Sally Heap 1964 Astronomy  
Helen Stout Sievers 1964 Astronomy  
Martha Safford Hanner 1963 Astronomy  
Mary Drugan 1962 Astronomy  
Marguerite Camusso Ross 1961 Astronomy  
Meredith Baldwin Weddle 1961 Astronomy Political Science
Barbara Welther 1961 Astronomy  
Sally Amundson Bradford 1960 Astronomy  
Andrea Kundsin Dupree 1960 Astronomy  
Rosemary Farren Gauthier 1960 Astronomy  
Judith Loxley Lyte 1960 Astronomy  
Anne Pyne Cowley 1959 Astronomy  
Patricia Bock Rupprecht 1959 Astronomy  
Gail Finkel Calder 1958 Astronomy  
Anne Taylor Cannon 1958 Astronomy  
Marion Talbot Lilley 1958 Astronomy  
Sylvia Thayer 1958 Astronomy XBIB
Winifred Jess Tierney 1957 Astronomy  
Jennifer Bain Pirtle 1957 Astronomy  
Ann Forger Homsy 1956 Astronomy  
Nancy Snyder McCumber 1956 Astronomy  
Cynthia Stephens 1956 Astronomy  
Julie Hinds Wright 1956 Astronomy  
Nancy Weber Boggess 1949 Astronomy  
Jane Gillson Langton 1944 Astronomy  
Martha Stahr Carpenter 1941 Astronomy  
Marion Wolff Caveny 1937 Astronomy  
Mildred Burnes Chase 1936 Astronomy  

 

Contact Us

Contact Us

Wellesley College Astronomy Department
Whitin Observatory 
Wellesley College
106 Central Street
Wellesley, MA 02481

Tel: 781.283.2726 
Fax (in Science Center Office): 781.283.3642

 

Drop-in tutoring hours for students in ASTR 100/101 will be 3:00-5:00 PM on Tuesdays in the Observatory Library

Non-lab observing will be CLOSED tonight Thurs. Sept. 25.