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Space Grant Consortium awards fellowships, scholarships to NMSU students

On November 28, 2018, New Mexico Space Grant Consortium (NMSGC) at New Mexico State University awarded 10 NMSU College of Arts and Sciences and four College of Engineering students with Undergraduate Research Scholarships or Graduate Research Fellowships for the spring 2019 and fall 2019 semesters totaling $135,000.


Students in the College of Arts and Sciences include: Caitlin Doughty, a Ph.D. student in astronomy, was awarded $10,000 for her research titled “Evaluating Alternative Probes of the Epoch of Hydrogen Re-ionization;” Andrew Eagon, a master’s student in physics, was awarded $10,000 for his research titled “A Modernized Approach to Constrain Mid-Mantle Discontinuities;” Jeremy Emmett, a Ph.D. student in astronomy, was awarded $5,000 for his research titled “Quantifying Net Annual Polar Deposition Rates of Water, Ice, and Dust on Mars under Various Orbital Configurations with the Ames Mars General Circulation Model;” Madison Fuller, a senior majoring in biology, was awarded $5,000 for her research titled “Evaluating Phytoene/Phytofluene in UV-induced DNA Damage Repair;” Aleczander Herczeg, a Ph.D. student in astronomy, was awarded $10,000 for his research titled “Solar Meridional Flow: Understanding a Crucial Systematic Error;” Sarah Kovac, a Ph.D. student in astronomy, was awarded $10,000 for her research titled “Using Differential Emission Measurements to Characterize Energy Losses in the Sun;” Kristen Luchsinger, a Ph.D. student in astronomy, was awarded $10,000 for her research titled “Modeling the Detectability of Plumes on Europa;” Rogelio Ochoa, a Ph.D. student in astronomy, was awarded $10,000 for his research titled “Near-Field Constraints of on the Production/Destruction of Re-ionization-Epoch Faint Galaxies;” Jacob Piper, a masters student in geological sciences, was awarded $10,000 for his research titled “Heavy Mineral Analysis Using Multivariate Analysis and LIBS” and Sean Sellers, a Ph.D. student in astronomy, was awarded $10,000 for his research titled “A Multi-Wavelength Study of Solar Flare Dynamics.”

Students in the College of Engineering include: Daniel Furth, a master’s student, was awarded $10,000 for his research titled “Carbon Nanotube-based Nanoresonator Modeling for Space Sensing Applications;” Isaac Kassim, a master’s student, was awarded $10,000 for his research titled “Development of Predictive Guidance and Control Algorithms for Free-Flying Space Robots in a Microgravity Environment;” Tom Nakotte, a Ph.D. student, was awarded $10,000 for his research titled “Gamma Sensitive Solid State Detectors Using Quantum Dots” and Adam Stempeck, a master’s student, was awarded $10,000 for his research titled “Bio-inspiration of fixed wing drones.”

New Mexico Space Grant Consortium is a member of the Congressionally-funded National Space Grant College Scholarship and Fellowship Program, which is administered by NASA. NMSGC fellowships and scholarships are competitively awarded based on application information, faculty recommendation, GPA, the research project, and NASA’s Mission. New Mexico Space Grant Consortium is located at NMSU.