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Arizona/NASA Space Grant Success Stories
Daniella Giustina Awarded with NIAC Student Fellows PrizeMonday, May 1, 2006
In May of 2006, 2005 UA/NASA Space Grant Undergraduate Research Intern Daniella Della Giustina, an engineering-physics major, was one of five students selected from across the nation to receive a prestigious $9,000 NASA Institute for Advanced Concepts (NIAC) Student Fellows Prize to investigate revolutionary ideas for space exploration. She will study the use of near-Earth asteroids for radiation shielding during a human journey to Mars in her prize-winning project titled "The Martian Bus Schedule: An Innovative Technique for Protecting Humans on a Journey to Mars." An extension to this accomplishment, Dani has been named "Student Principal Investigator" for the Discovery-class Osiris Mission, and will engage and lead a team of Space Grant students in her radiation shielding research.