Astronomers in a library, engaged in a group discussion.


As an astronomy major, you’ll gain in-depth knowledge about the nature of the universe, with thorough preparation in physics and mathematics. Like nearly all majors, there are opportunities to engage in research projects in your junior and senior years — faculty and students have played major roles in space exploration, including a heavy involvement in NASA missions such as the Mars Rovers.

Alison Farrish

Student Spotlight: Alison Farrish '16

Alison is an astronomy major who graduated in 2016, and was profiled by the College of Arts & Sciences for their "Extraordinary Journeys" series. 

Here, Alison describes how conducting research with Professor Martha Haynes was her "most profound turning point while at Cornell":

"When I first contacted Professor Haynes looking for research opportunities that autumn, I had no way of knowing that she would become a devoted mentor to me and one of the most supportive people I've had the good fortune to meet in college. I am so grateful to Professor Haynes for teaching me everything I know about conducting scientific research and for her continued support throughout my Cornell career."

Click here to read the full interview with Alison.