AstroMcGill serves as the education and public outreach (EPO) branch of the astrophysics group within the Physics Department at McGill University and the McGill Space Institute, in Montreal, Quebec. Our group was founded in 2011 by an enthusiastic group of undergraduate students, graduate students and post-doctoral fellows.
Although AstroMcGill receives support from McGill faculty advisors and staff members (including the Lorne Trottier Chair in Astrophysics and Cosmology and the Department of Physics), it is a student-led, volunteer organization. The majority of AstroMcGill volunteers are senior undergraduate or graduate students studying physics, astrophysics or a related field. Volunteers have the opportunity to practice communicating science to the public, teaching valuable EPO skills.
- Increase public awareness of and interest in astronomy, inspiring a lifelong love of science.
- Reach non-traditional audiences for science outreach, including underprivileged and immigrant communities.
- Improve primary and secondary school science education within the greater Montreal area and give teachers the skills and knowledge needed to teach astronomical concepts.- Share new and exciting discoveries in astronomy and astrophysics with the public in an accessible manner.
- Give graduate and undergraduate students, postdocs, as well as faculty members opportunities to develop communication skills and to interact with the public.
Taylor Bell (Current Chair), Lisa Dang (Outgoing Chair), Bridget Andersen, Daryl Haggard, Victoria Kaspi, Carolina Cruz-Vinaccia, John Ruan