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Dr Samuel McKeague

My research is in high energy astrophysics or the physics behind processes in the universe that lead to emissions of light at very, very high energies. Specifically, I’m interested in x-ray binary star systems, where you’d have very compact objects such as black holes or neutron stars, which are very small and dense stars.

I love continuing to learn - this is why I enjoy astronomy and astrophysics. Applying the concepts of everything on a universal scale is beyond fascinating.

Collaborate with like-minded peers
In my second year of research, I got to present my research at a consortium meeting in Grenoble, France. Even when you’re an early-stage researcher, there is mutual respect, understanding and appreciation for the work you’re doing.

Offering clear information and answers
I’ve also had lots of opportunities as a post-grad to do public outreach. To the public, I try to present it in a way that is understandable. I try not to walk in and talk all this fancy mumbo-jumbo where, if you don’t have a degree, you won’t understand what I’m saying” 

I always tell students there are no stupid questions. Whether it’s something you think should be obvious, whether it’s something you just think may sound ridiculous, every question, depending if it is simple or complex, gets a simple or complex answer. You won’t know unless you ask. If you don’t want to get ridiculed by asking what may be a silly question, it says more about the people who might judge you.

Dr Samuel McKeague, School of Physical Sciences Assistant Professor 

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