AWIS In Memoriam of Caitlin MacQueen

Caitlin MacQueen


A New Mexico native, Caitlin MacQueen’s zeal for science and physics showed not only in her appetite for learning but also in dedication to her education in physics and women in science. She was very involved in the School of Physics at the University of Melbourne. As a member of the Belle II Collaborative (Dark Sector Physics) her research contributions have been noted in over 65 publications. She was a First-Year Tutoring Fellow and an active member of both the Post Graduate Physics Student Society and the Equity and Diversity committee.

She began her pursuit of a career in science that never ended. She earned a BS in Physics with Astrophysics Option and a BS in Mathematics (2 degrees in 5 years) at the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology (New Mexico Tech) and graduated in 2014. There she was a member of the Alpha Sigma Kappa (Eta Chapter) sorority and student government. She relocated to Melbourne, Australia to reside at Newman College and attend the University of Melbourne. Caitlin earned her M.Sc. of Physics (with Distinction) in 2016 and then pursued her Ph.D. in Experimental Particle Physics both at the University of Melbourne. At the time of her death, she was in the final stages of earning her Ph.D. Her brilliant research will continue as her legacy.

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