Ms Megan Masterson (2019)
As an undergraduate student at Case Western Reserve University, I have devoted my time to engaging in a variety of interdisciplinary research and coursework, spanning the subjects of astronomy, physics, planetary science, and mathematics. Through astronomy coursework and a recent research experience analyzing X-ray data from a distant, merging galaxy cluster, I have developed a passion for observational astronomy. To me, the study of astronomy requires a curiosity about the universe on the largest scales. I am excited by our ability to understand real astronomical objects, from the stars that populate our own galaxy to the objects whose light takes billions of years to reach us. At the University of Cambridge, I am especially eager to expand my astrophysics knowledge through rigorous coursework and to engage in observational astronomy research as a MASt student. Alongside my years of research, I have passionately supported science education as a volunteer at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences where I ran solar observing sessions and taught mini lessons on dark matter. I plan to continue to inspire and mentor the next generation of scientists by being involved in outreach at the Institute of Astronomy and throughout the rest of my career. I am honored to be joining the Gates Cambridge community and look forward to interacting with and learning from my Gates Cambridge peers of all different disciplines.