Meagan Morscher


Meagan is from Milwaukee WI, and earned her B.S. in Physics from the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee in 2006. She entered the graduate program in Physics and Astronomy at Northwestern University in the fall of 2007. Her PhD. research is in computational astrophysics. She uses computer simulations as a tool for studying the dynamics of star clusters containing many stellar mass black holes. She is interested in understanding how these black holes affect the star clusters in which they reside, and also the long term evolution of black hole populations themselves within star clusters. As a two-year (2010–2011, 2011–2012) fellow in the Reach for the Stars (RftS) program, Meagan developed and taught biology and astronomy curriculum in local high schools. She has recently taken on a leadership position within the program. In her new role, Meagan will coordinate a program that connects graduate fellows from both RftS and Ready Set Go (a communication training program for scientists: http://rsg.northwestern.edu), with local K-12 STEM teachers. In these meetings, which will take place at local schools, the graduate students will present their own research, help to establish the connections to K-12 STEM curriculum and to the real world, and answer the teachers' science content questions.