NASA awards USD 2.3m in fellowships to 19 US universities

NASA has announced it has awarded USD 2.3 million in fellowships for aviation, planetary, space research to 14 minority-serving institutions through its Minority University Research and Education Project (MUREP) and five majority institutions through its Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate (ARMD), the administration said.

The fellowships are intended to support graduate student research.

The university projects funded by these fellowships represent the highest levels of the innovative breadth and depth of research and contribute directly to the nation´s aviation and space priorities, including America´s return to the Moon through the Artemis program.

The recipient institutions of MUREP fellowships are:

The University of California, Riverside
The University of Minnesota (two awards)
University of New Mexico
University of Texas, Arlington
University of California, Irvine
University of Maryland
University of Washington, Seattle
Montclair State University
Florida International University
New Mexico State University
University of Hawaii Systems
University of Houston System
San Diego State University Foundation

The recipient institutions of ARMD fellowships are:

University of Florida
Ohio State University
Pennsylvania State University
Georgia Institute of Technology
Pennsylvania State University

The awards provide for the augmentation of each award with the possibility of a fourth-year extension based on an institution´s ability to expand on the previous years´ accomplishments, offering further opportunities to infuse new research into NASA´s work in the areas of science and aeronautics, and providing a timeline conducive to aiding the agency´s forward momentum with lunar missions. The agency´s lunar exploration plans are based on a multifaceted approach, first landing astronauts on the Moon by 2024 and then establishing a sustained human presence on and around the Moon by 2028 as a way to prepare to send astronauts to Mars.