How to become a professional astronomer in four easy(?) steps - Helen Kirk

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Jan 9, 2008 - How to become a professional astronomer in four easy(?) steps - Helen Kirk

Have you ever wondered how astronomy professors got to be where they are today? I will discuss the challenging but enjoyable path that leads from undergraduate student to graduate student to postdoctoral fellow and finally to a professor in astronomy. I will highlight some of my more memorable experiences as an undergraduate and graduate student including observing in Hawaii and Spain.

Helen Kirk grew up in Caledon, Ontario (near Toronto). She completed an Hon BSc in Astronomy & Physics at the University of Toronto in 2003 and also received an RASC gold medal from the Toronto Centre in her final year of school there. She moved to Victoria for graduate research and studies how stars are born under the supervision of Dr. Doug Johnstone (HIA). She completed her MSc thesis in 2005 and is currently working on her PhD thesis

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