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Year at UW: Fourth

About me: Hey! My name is Nancy Thomas. I'm a senior majoring in Physics and Astronomy and minoring in Math and Earth & Space Sciences. I've been working as a research assistant in the Remote Sensing Lab for the past three years. Believe it or not, I actually get to study spacecraft data from Mars! I have also worked on research projects in the Astronomy Department looking for transiting exoplanets and at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics studying massive, variable young stars. As an Undergraduate Research Leader and a Washington NASA Space Grant Scholar, I've been very involved with all aspects of research. Astronomy outreach is one of my passions. I volunteer at the UW Planetarium and the Theodore Jacobsen Observatory as a presenter, and I'm president of the UW League of Astronomers club. I also love singing in choirs - I have sung with the UW Women's Choir and Unleashed a cappella. I really love the beautiful Pacific Northwest since I've lived in Seattle my entire life - I spend my sunny days hiking and rock climbing. Please don't hesitate to contact me with any questions!

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General area(s) of study: Natural Sciences

Current or intended majors: Physics and Astronomy

Current or intended minors: Math and Earth & Space Sciences

Housing Experience

  • Off-Campus Housing
  • Greek Housing


Research: Research projects with the Earth & Space Sciences and Astronomy Departments

Volunteering/Service: Astronomy Outreach volunteer - planetarium shows and observatory tours

Leadership: Astronomy Club President, Honors 100 Peer Educator, Undergraduate Research Leader, Choir Council

Clubs/RSOs: Astronomy Club, Geoclub, Mortar Board, UW Women's Choir, Unleashed

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Internships: Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics

Scholarships: Goldwater Nominee, Washington NASA Space Grant Scholar, Mary Gates Scholar

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