Students & Alumnae

Current Majors and Minors

Name Class Year Program
Anna Apilado 2024 Astrophysics
Levi Chavez Valencia 2024 Astrophysics
Ash He 2024 Astronomy Minor
Emma Kotar 2024 Astrophysics
Naunet Leonhardes-Barboza 2024 Astrophysics
Mahderekal Regassa 2024 Astrophysics
Alayna Schneider 2024 Astrophysics
Zoë Street 2024 Astronomy
Abby Surlet 2024 Astronomy
Ashley Yuan 2024 Astrophysics
Ella Cassidy 2025 Astrophysics
Ceiligh Cacho-Negrete 2025 Astrophysics
Levi Chavez Valencia 2025 Astrophysics
Ines Cuero 2025 Astrophysics
I-see Jaidee 2025 Astrophysics
Hanna Harmon 2025 Astrophysics
Grace Ma 2025 Astronomy
Cleo Nicollin 2025 Astrophysics
Treya Pember 2025 Astrophysics
Alejandra Rodriguez 2025 Astrophysics
Julia Sherman 2025 Astrophysics



The ASTRO Club is a student organization that meets for recreational observing, astrophotography, and other activities. The email contact for the ASTRO Club is You can also email the current club president Naunet Leonhardes-Barboza: Additionally, you can follow the club on Instagram @astro_wellesley.

Careers for Astronomy Majors

Approximately half of our majors go on to graduate school and work toward a Ph.D. in astronomy or planetary science. Graduates who completed their doctorates have gone on to work at national observatories, colleges, universities, NASA, and other scientific laboratories. Others have earned degrees in engineering or computer science and work in industry.  Some of our alums have pursued degrees in law or business.

Those who haven chosen not to pursue advanced degrees have applied their skills in other ways, such as working as research assistants, telescope operators, educators, technical writers, museum staffers, librarians, and more.  Their science backgrounds have prepared them to find success in many fields.       

More information:

Fellowships and Awards

Annie Jump Cannon Fellowship

This fellowship is awarded annually to a promising young researcher and the funds are used to sponsor a research project. The award is named in honor of Annie Jump Cannon, an illustrious alumna of Wellesley College known for her work on the classification of stellar spectra.  The funds have been provided by a generous anonymous donor.  Past awardees are:

  • Michaela Fendrock '14 (2013): Mass wasting and aeolian erosion on Mars: a survey and modeling study.
  • Alejandra Escamilla '18 (2014): KELT: The Search for Extrasolar Planets.
  • Carol Hundal '18 (2015): Morphometry of recent secondary impact craters on Mars.
  • Leafia Sheraden-Cox '20 and Chloe Shi '20 (2016): KELT: The Search for Extrasolar Planets.
  • Emma Chickles '21 (2018): The Crater modification sequence on Mars and the Moon.
  • A. Granados '21 (2019): Commissioning Wellesley's 0.7m Telescope.
  • Fiona Powers Ozyurt '22 (2020): TESS
  • Hannah Stickler '22 (2020): TESS
  • Laura Chin '23 (2021)
  • Michelle Tu '24 (2022)
  • Ceiligh Cacho-Negrete (2023)


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


Name Class Year Program(s)
Nina Barandiaran 2023 Astronomy Minor Education
Eunice Beato 2023 Astrophysics Math
Laura Chin 2023 Astrophysics  
Spencer Dockal 2023 Astrophysics  
Mackenzie Fischbach 2023 Astrophysics  
Kylie Hall 2023 Astrophysics Political Science
Felix Klitzke 2023 Astrophysics Music Minor
Chaucer Langbert 2023 Astrophysics  
Talia O'Shea 2023 Astrophysics History
Savannah Cary 2022 Astrophysics East Asian Studies
Yunxiao (Dara) Duan 2022 Astronomy  
Marina Furbush 2022 Astrophysics Chemistry Minor
Kate Habich 2022 Astrophysics English
Nora Hoch 2022 Astrophysics  
Grace Wilson Jackson 2022 Astronomy Peace and Justice Studies
Marissa Klein 2022 Astrophysics Music Minor
Fiona Powers Ozyurt 2022 Astrophysics Religon
Hannah Stickler 2022 Astronomy Minor Physics
Erin Villaronga 2022 Astronomy Minor Peace and Justice Studies
Jessica Washington 2022 Astrophysics  
Abby White 2022 Astronomy Math
Kayla Woodie 2022 Astronomy Minor Geoscience
Emma Chickles 2021 Astrophysics Math Minor
Paula Deanda  2021 Astrophysics Latin American Studies Minor
Olivia Gaunt 2021 Astrophysics  
Lindsey Gordon 2021 Astrophysics Computer Science Minor
Alex Granados 2021 Astrophysics Philosophy

Phoebe Amory

2020 Astronomy minor Physics
Electra Carzis 2020 Astronomy minor English
Maura Shea 2020 Astrophysics Music
Chloe Shi 2020 Astronomy minor Applied Physics
Nicole Tan 2020 Astrophysics  
Alissa Tinney 2020 Astronomy minor Computer Science
Karisa Zdanky 2020 Astrophysics Mathematics

Clara Berger

2019 Astrophysics German
Abigail Burrus 2019 Astrophysics  
Madeleine Beck 2019 Astronomy Mathematics
Hallie Pimperl 2019 Astronomy French
Jocelyn Reahl 2019 Astronomy minor Geosciences
Rachel Speyer Besancon 2019 Astronomy minor Political Science
Janel Williams 2019 Astronomy Sociology
Emily Yax 2019 Astronomy  
Jyoti Campbell 2018 Astronomy minor Chemistry
Jay Fickes 2018 Astronomy English
Jenny Gubner 2018 Astronomy minor Applied Physics
Carol Hundal 2018 Astrophysics  
Rayna Rampalli 2018 Astrophysics  
Maggie Zarlengo 2018 Astronomy minor Geosciences
Jolene Fong 2017 Astrophysics Geosciences
Ashley Iguina 2017 Astrophysics  
Sanaea Rose 2017 Astrophysics  
Sara Vannah 2017 Astrophysics  
Anicia Arredondo 2016 Astrophysics  
Gillian Beltz-Mohrmann 2016 Astrophysics  
Rose Gibson 2016 Astrophysics  
Hannah Harris 2016 Astrophysics Russian
Anne-Marie Hartt 2016 Astrophysics  
Maya Marlette 2016 Astronomy minor English
Camille Samulski 2016 Astrophysics  
Anna Payne 2016 Astrophysics Geosciences
Sormeh Yadzi 2016 Astrophysics  
Anissa Benzaid  2015 Astrophysics  
Kirsten Blancato 2015 Astrophysics  
Michaela Fendrock 2015 Astronomy Geosciences
Arden Radford 2015 Astronomy Economics
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