Maureen McNamara

  • Brooke Owens Fellow, Class of 2019

  • University of Colorado Boulder, Integrative Physiology, '20

  • Host Institution: Avascent

  • Mentor: Kris Lehnhardt

Maureen is a junior at the University of Colorado Boulder majoring in Integrative Physiology and minoring in Space. She is also pursuing a minor in Leadership Studies through CU’s Presidents Leadership Class. Maureen is a Boettcher Scholar and has interned at the Boettcher Foundation and serves on the Student Scholar Committee.

Maureen is pre-med and has always wanted to become a physician. However, after taking a science policy class through the program CU in DC, she fell in love with space. She now hopes to combine her interests by becoming a doctor and practicing aerospace medicine. As a Biological Sciences Initiative Scholar, Maureen works in a Bioastronautics lab at CU researching ways to non-invasively measure intra-cranial pressure in space. Additionally, last summer, Maureen interned for the Armed Forces Radiobiology Research Institute studying the effects of radiation on the human body.

At CU, Maureen gives campus tours as a Student Ambassador. She is also actively involved with CU Student Government, serving as the Chair of the Center for Student Involvement Advisory Board. Maureen also represented the undergraduate population on the College of Arts and Sciences Strategic Planning Committee to envision the future of the college.

Maureen loves baseball and softball, skiing, hiking, climbing 14ers, baking and traveling. She is looking forward to being part of the Brooke Owens Fellowship Program and working at Avascent this summer.