McConnell, Nicholas

Nicholas McConnell is a graduate student in Astronomy at UC Berkeley. He received his B.A. in Astronomy and Physics from Boston University in 2006. His research specializes in detecting and weighing black holes at the centers of the Universe's largest galaxies. Nicholas is passionate about advancing widespread scientific literacy, and helping students with diverse backgrounds pursue careers in science. His goal is to exemplify science as an open and approachable enterprise, defined by questioning, observing, reasoning, and collaboration. When students practice these skills in inquiry-based activities, they strengthen their self-identity and confidence as potential scientists. As a PDP participant, Nicholas has co-developed three activities for astronomy, engineering, and multi-disciplinary physical science. He is considering future careers in research, teaching, or science media.