Shannon Murphy decided she wanted to be an astronomer at 14, when she discovered studying the stars was actually a real job you could get paid to do. However, in graduate school she found teaching was far more interesting and rewarding than theoretical astrophysics.
She worked as a part-time introductory astronomy and physics lecturer for 7 years at several colleges. The low pay and long hours finally paid off and she recently became the classroom and laboratory services technician for the University of Michigan Department of Astronomy in charge of student facilities and helping faculty develop new course material. She actually gets paid for using the observatory and writing planetarium shows!
Past Events Hosted By This Ambassador:
MMSS summer camp University of Michigan Ann Arbor astronomy facilities
Statewide Astronomy Night at the Detroit Observatory in Ann Arbor Detroit Observatory in Ann Arbor
Student Observing Night Angell Hall Student Observatory
Astronomers' Favorite Poems (Second Life) Internet
Kensington Metroparks Kensington Metropark
Past Events Collaborated On By This Ambassador:
2017 Astronomy at the Beach Island Lake State Recreational Area