To MIT and Beyond

To MIT and Beyond

Southeast alumna Samantha Hasler shoots for the stars by studying as a doctoral student in the Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences department at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). She was admitted and awarded a fully funded fellowship.

Hasler earned a Bachelor of Science in physics with a minor in mathematics from Southeast in May 2019.

“Every professor in the physics department genuinely cares about their students and they always wanted to help us succeed. Dr. (Margaret) Hill and Dr. (Michael) Cobb were huge driving forces for me. They inspired me to continue pursuing the things I was passionate about, and provided me with wonderful research opportunities that helped me get there.”

She says her love for scientific research was strengthened by participating in a research project for the 2017 eclipse called the Citizen CATE project, which stands for the Citizen Continental-America Telescopic Eclipse experiment.

As a result of her work with the Citizen CATE project, Hasler founded the Astronomy Club at Southeast.
“I hope to, one day, be a planetary scientist for NASA, and hope to work to understand the origins of life and habitability on planets other than our own.”

I loved being a part of this team, because I was contributing to a huge scientific project that would give scientists more information about something that was so difficult to study. The almost three minutes of totality that we all experienced that day were probably the coolest few minutes of my life so far. – Samantha Hasler, May 2019 Graduate

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