Dr. Williamson joined the West Virginia University Department of Physics in January 2016 after spending three years as the Public Education Specialist at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory in Green Bank, West Virginia, where she engaged students and teachers in inquiry-based astronomy investigations using radio telescopes both in-person and online through the Skynet Robotic Telescope Network.
At WVU she teaches Descriptive Astronomy and oversees the WVU Planetarium and Observatory, Lecture Demonstrations, and Astronomy Outreach activities. She is the faculty advisor for the WVU Astronomy Club and the WVU Chapter of the West Virginia Science Public Outreach Team (SPOT), which trains undergraduates to deliver interactive science-themed presentations and hands-on activities to schools across the state.
Her doctorate degree is from Montana State University, and her dissertation was on college students’ understanding of gravity. Her current area of research focuses on how youth in out-of-school-time science clubs, such as the Pulsar Search Collaboratory and Skynet Junior Scholars, learn to see themselves as scientists and choose to pursue careers in science.
Morgantown, WV 26506
- B.S., Physics & Astronomy, University of Georgia, 2008
- M.S., Physics, Montana State University, 2010
- Certificate in College Teaching, Montana State University, 2012
Ph.D., Physics, Montana State University, 2013