Every fall the Keck Northeast Astronomy Consortium (KNAC), a collection of astronomy departments from small colleges in the northeast (Colgate, Haverford, Swarthmore, Bryn Mawr, Wesleyan, Wellesley, Williams, Vassar, Middlebury), get together for an undergraduate research symposium. At the meeting students from across the consortium present research that they completed the previous summer.
This fall’s KNAC symposium was held at Wellesley College on Oct 1st, and was attended by a number of students and faculty from Williams. The meeting included a tour of their historic observatory, and numerous presentations on a range of topics.
Student presenters from Williams included Saad Waheed ’25 (Dynamical Measurements of Host Star Mass in Debris Disks using CO Line Emission), Hector Mendoza ’24 (Using Deeper Spectra of Galaxies to Test Potential Diagnostics for Finding Lyman Continuum Emitter Galaxies), and Micaela Foreman ’23 (Determining the Possibility of Planet Formation in Per-emb-11).
Students interested in research can check out our Astronomy at Williams page, and can speak to any of the faculty in the astronomy department. Students interested in research through the KNAC consortium can get more information on the KNAC webpage, with applications typically due early February.