Rosa Williams, Ph.D.
Education and Certifications
- B.S., Physics, University of Texas at Austin, 1990
- M.S., Astronomy, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1994
- Ph.D., Astronomy, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1999
BiographyDr. Rosa Williams is a Professor of Astronomy at Columbus State University, where she has taught since 2007. Her research specialty is the study of supernova remnants - the diffuse remains of exploded stars.
She is also the Observatory Director for the Coca-Cola Space Science Center's WestRock Observatory, where she oversees the use of the observatory for student experiential learning and research.
• Nominated for Faculty Mentorship Award in Research and Creative Endeavors 2020, 2022
• Proposal Award Recognition, 2021
• Nominated for Educator of the Year Award, 2020, 2013
Prior to joining CSU, Dr. Williams held positions as a Research Scientist and Instructor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2003-2007), a Postdoctoral researcher at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst (2001-2003), and an NRC Postdoctoral Fellow at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. From 1991-1999 she was variously a Teaching Assistant, Research Assistant, and Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Illinois. From 1987-1990 she was employed as a Scientific Programmer at Computer Sciences Corporation.
Dr. Williams maintains an active research program, keeping up productive collaborations with scientists at other institutions. These have resulted in authorship or co-authorship on a number of publications and presentations. Due to her familiarity with this particular sub-field of astronomy, she has been asked to give “invited review” lectures, review journal articles, serve on proposal review committees, and similar professional activities.
- Astronomy and astrophysics, with specialization in the diffuse interstellar medium
- Science Communication and Public Outreach, particularly in astronomy
- Research into best practices in Astronomy Education and Astronomy Outreach
- Supernova remnants (hot gas and heavy elements produced by supernova explosions) in X-ray and optical wavelengths
- Evolution of the interstellar medium in the Large and Small Magellanic Cloud satellite galaxies, particularly their populations of supernova remnants
- Thesis: "Supernova Remnants in the Large Magellanic Cloud"