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Shannon Schmoll

Director of the Abrams Planetarium, Michigan State University

I have a PhD in astronomy and science education. My dissertation was titled "Toward a Framework for Integrating Planetarium and Classroom Learning" and was aimed at better understanding how planetarium field trips can effectively fit into formal astronomy curriculum. I have also completed a certificate in Museum Studies which included a 3-month internship at the Adler Planetarium in Chicago where I worked on exhibit content development, exhibit design, and creating materials for educators. I am currently the director of the Abrams Planetarium at Michigan State University. I am guiding the planetarium in the development of engaging and interactive astronomy programming including full dome shows and exhibits and building partnerships with various groups on the MSU campus and the greater Lansing and Michigan communities.


  • –present
    Director, Abrams Planetarium, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Michigan State University


President-elect International Planetarium Society