Jordan Willis

Astronomy and Physics double major
College Park ScholarsScience and Global Change Program

Me at the American Museum of Natural History in NYC, in
front of suspended models of Jupiter, Saturn, and three
stars: Alpha Centauri, Sirius, and Vega!


I'm Jordan, a sophomore astronomy and physics double major at the University of Maryland, and considering a minor in linguistics! I graduated from Leonardtown High School in St. Mary's County, MD in June of 2017, and I now live in a campus residence hall with my cat, Lola.

I've been intrigued by outer space for as long as I can remember, but never actually considered it as a career option until my junior year of high school, when I took a semester-long astronomy class and completely fell in love with the subject. It's why I'm here now at UMD! As of earlier this semester, I am also an assistant for a researcher - Dr. Ludmilla Kolokolova - in the UMD Department of Astronomy. I assist in analyzing data on the light scattering done by cosmic dust particles on the surfaces of comets.

Classes, homework and projects aside, I spend a lot of my time drawing! I've been into visual arts since middle school and took art classes all four years of high school, including an AP Art Studio class in my senior year. As I continue my time here at UMD, I am also looking to get back into dancing. I started ballet classes when I was eight, and danced for a total of six years (three of which were on pointe).