University of Wisconsin - Madison
Major: Physics, Astronomy, Mathematics, Philosophy
Nathaniel Hilliard is this week’s #WSGCStudentSpotlight! He is a 2016 Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium Undergraduate Scholarship awardee. Nathaniel is a native Wisconsinite and hopes to represent the state as one of NASA’s next astronauts. He studies computational astrophysics, specifically disk galaxy dynamics and philosophy of quantum mechanics. The UW-Madison student conducted research in computational chemistry on campus; as well as, radio and space physics at MIT Haystack Observatory Atmospheric Science Group. Nathaniel serves as the professional development chair for the University Physical Society and a group learning leader in the Physics Learning Center. In Nathaniel’s down time, he is a frequent dancer in Madison Swing and the Madtown Ballroom performance team. This week’s Student Spotlight plans to pursue his doctorate in astronomy with a career path in astrophysical research.