Maurice Wilson's

Astronomy Research and Code

From my research summaries to my conference posters to my CV, background information about my work is given throughout. However, more information about me is below.

I am a PhD candidate in the Astronomy Department at Harvard University. I joined their graduate program in 2016 as a National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellow. My breadth of expertise ranges from instrumentation for ground-based observatories to magnetic activity of our Sun to exoplanets orbiting other stars. (Astronomers will appreciate the spatial range there: from the Earth to our star to other stars.) I have been conducting this research with Jason Eastman (for instrumentation and exoplanets) and John Raymond (for solar physics) at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA).

I think public outreach inside and outside of academia is important. At the Adler Planetarium in Chicago, I enjoy teaching people of all ages about my science. As a graduate student, I mentor summer interns that come from all across the country to participate in the various astronomy internships at the CfA. I like to speak at middle schools and high schools to explain the celestial phenomena that astronomers like me study for a living. I am most passionate about mentoring students (ranging from middle school to graduate school) because mentorships are the primary reason why I have developed into the scientist I am today.

Outside of professional and volunteer work, I attempt to squeeze into my schedule some fun hobbies. The athlete in me enjoys any activity that is outdoors or that gives me a good workout. However, I would say that my main hobbies are web development and dancing. I like to create websites from scratch, just for fun. In fact, this site is one of the websites I coded myself using HTML, CSS, Javascript on the client side and Django on the server side. As for dancing, I am well-versed in the ways of Salsa. I am also proficient in Bachata, Kizomba, Rueda, and Casino (and some Swing). Basically ... if I hear spanish music, my feet start moving. is developed and managed by Maurice Wilson.