NASA awards USD 1.9m in fellowships to 12 graduate students

NASA Fellowship Activity has awarded USD 1.9m in fellowships to 12 graduate students through its Minority University Research and Education Project (MUREP) and Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate (ARMD), the administration said.

The fellowship will to conduct research and contribute directly to NASA´s work and mission.

NASA Fellowship Activities align with the Office of STEM Engagement´s goal to establish a well-trained science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) workforce. Fostering highly skilled scientists and engineers is critical to NASA´s future and to building a strong American economy. These fellowships also enable the agency to create unique opportunities for students to be a part of NASA´s endeavors in exploration and discovery.

NASA is awarding training grants to seven graduate students funded by MUREP and five graduate students funded by the projects within the ARMD. These grants are awarded for a period of performance of three years.

The following universities have students who are receiving the MUREP fellowships:

University of California Merced, San Diego State University, Florida International University, New Mexico State University, University of Texas, El Paso, Florida International University, University of Houston,

The following universities have students who are receiving the ARMD project funded fellowships: Utah State University, Virginia Commonwealth University, Case Western Reserve University, Clarkson University, University of Michigan.

Some of the chosen research proposals aim to develop new technology that will support future human exploration missions, such as lightweight aerospace materials that would withstand extreme environments to improve existing technology for future launch vehicles.