UA Space Grant Success Stories

A large group of UA Space Grant Interns, SEDS and Astronomy Club members watch sunset at Kitt Peak Observatory, with telescopes in background.

UA Space Grant Interns, SEDS and Astronomy Club students join for Kitt Peak Star Party

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

University of Arizona (UA) NASA Space Grant interns, fellows, mentors, and UA Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (SEDS) club joined together this past weekend for an educational trip to Kitt Peak National Observatory.

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A caterpillar of the cotton bollworm (Helicoverpa armigera) readies to devour a boll of cotton. (Photo: Wenxue Pan/Nanjing University)

Article on genetics by 2017 - 2019 UA Space Grant Intern, Emily Walla, published in UANews!

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Emily works with her mentor, Daniel Stolte, for UA News as a science communication writer. She is an astronomy and physics Junior.

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Reman Almusawi poses in front of trees

2018 Space Grant Intern Reman Almusawi featured on KXCI's Thesis Thursday

Friday, October 26, 2018

I am a team member in the Superfund Research Laboratory. I am working on studying mining sites and smelting operations. I’m mostly focused on the active mine near Hayden/Winkelman.

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Cathryn Sephus, top left, and Betul Kacar, second from left, pose with members of the Kacar Lab. Betul Kacar holds her child.

2018 Space Grant Intern Cathryn Sephus' work with mentor Betul Kacar featured in Daily Wildcat!

Thursday, October 11, 2018

"Cathryn Sephus, a molecular and cellular biology senior with a minor in astronomical studies, joined Kacar’s research group this semester after being awarded the Arizona Space Grant in astrobiology."

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Artist rendering of NASA's OSIRIS-REx space probe. Source: NASA

Congratulations to 1992 UA Space Grant Intern Dante Lauretta: OSIRIS-REx is On Its Way to Bennu!

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Bennu was spotted by O-REx for the first time on Aug. 17 from a distance of more than 1.3 million miles. “It was right there where we thought it would be,” said Dante Lauretta, OSIRIS-REx principal investigator at the University of Arizona in Tucson.

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Mónica Ramírez-Andreotta, an assistant professor at the University of Arizona in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, shows samples of rainwater that were collected by citizens in parts of California and Arizona as part of Project Harvest.

Check out current research by AZSGC super star Mónica Ramírez-Andreotta.

Friday, July 27, 2018

Mónica was a UA/NASA Space Grant Undergraduate Research Intern and two-year Graduate Fellow. She’s now a UA assistant professor, still pursuing her Space Grant Fellowship effort to monitor the quality of vegetables grown in home gardens neighboring the Iron King Mine and Humboldt Smelter Superfund Site.

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Portrait of Adriana Mitchell

Congratulations to 2017 AZ Space Grant Intern, Adriana Mitchell, Barry Goldwater Scholarship Awardee!

Monday, May 7, 2018

Congratulations to 2017 AZ/NASA Space Grant Intern, Adriana Mitchell, who was awarded the Barry Goldwater Scholarship, from the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation!

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Portrait of Allison McGraw

Congratulations to 2016 AZ Space Grant Intern, Allison McGraw, winner of the 2017 Dwornik Award!

Monday, May 7, 2018

Congratulations to 2016 AZ/NASA Space Grant Intern, Allison McGraw, winner of the 2017 Dwornik Award for Best Oral Presentation by an undergraduate student at the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference!

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Portrait of Laura Seifert

Congratulations to 2015/2016 AZ Space Grant Intern, Laura Seifert, recipient of a Student Scholar Award!

Monday, May 7, 2018

Congratulations to 2015/2016 AZ/NASA Space Grant Intern, Laura Seifert, recipient of a Student Scholar Award for her paper submitted to the Microscopy & Microanalysis Society!

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Jenny Calahan in front of window to UA MirrorLab

Jenny Calahan and Active Galactic Videos feature on Tom Scott's YouTube Channel, receiving nearly 300K views!

Monday, May 7, 2018

Congratulations to Jenny Calahan, 2017 UA/NASA Space Grant Intern and members of the UA Steward Observatory undergraduate students-run Active Galactic Videos YouTube channel team! Their video, describing the making of the world's largest telescope at the UA Mirror Lab, was recently featured on Tom Scott's internationally-followed YouTube channel with over a million subscribers!

Check out their video featured by Tom Scott!

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Congratulations to Max von Hippel, recipient of the UA Mathematics Department Lusk Scholarship, and the UA Honors College Pillars of Excellence Award!

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Congratulations to 2018 Space Grant Intern, Max von Hippel!

Max has been awarded the Lusk Scholarship from the UA Mathematics Department, the Pillars of Excellence Award from the UA Honors College, and was nominated for both the Goldwater and Truman Scholarships from the UA Honors College.

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Brenda Fry points out the location of newly discovered star on a computer screen.

Space Grant Faculty Mentor, Brenda Frye, Announces Discovery of Star 9 Billion Light Years Away

Thursday, April 12, 2018

The University of Arizona has announced a new discovery that has enabled astronomers to see the most distant star ever. It's nine billion light years away.

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Luis Tapia holds Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers STAR Innovator Award, with two Honeywell employees

Luis Tapia, 2000 UA/NASA Space Grant Undergraduate Research Intern, Honored with Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers STAR Innovator Award

Friday, December 8, 2017

Honeywell Sr. Product Design Engineer Luis Tapia has recently been honored with the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers STAR Innovator Award. The award recognizes a scientist or engineer with innovative contributions to their field who has actively created new paths in science research and technology, while inventing breakthroughs that open doors for others.

Luis’ lengthy career at Honeywell Aerospace began over a decade ago when he first joined the organization as a summer intern. He now serves as a Senior Product Design Engineer, having earned his advancements based upon the merits of his technical contributions to...

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Rayanna Benally holds SNRE's Fall 2017 Outstanding Graduating Senior Award, with her mentor Steven Archer,  and Shane Burgess - Dean of College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Congratulations to Rayanna Benally, Outstanding Graduating Senior!

Friday, December 8, 2017

Congratulations to Rayanna Benally, 2015-16 UA/NASA Space Grant Intern and SNRE's Fall 2017 Outstanding Graduating Senior. She has accepted a job with the U.S. Bureau of Land Management.  You GO, girl!!!

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Portrait of Ben Wilder

Ben Wilder Named Interim Director of UA's Tumamoc Hill

Friday, December 8, 2017

Desert ecologist Benjamin Wilder has been named to oversee Tumamoc Hill, an 860-acre ecological reserve and U.S. National Historic Landmark owned and operated by the University of Arizona.

Ben Wilder was a 2005 UA/NASA Space Grant Undergraduate Research Intern who worked with renowned environmental researcher Julio Betancourt on the “Buffelgrass Eradication and Outreach Program”.

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Allison McGraw Interns at The National Academies of Sciences!

Allison McGraw Interns at The National Academies of Sciences!

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Congratulations to Allison McGraw, 2016 UA Space Grant Intern, for receiving a Lloyd V. Berkner Space Policy Graduate Internship award with the Space Studies Board at The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine in Washington, D.C. for the fall 2017 season!

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Heather Emady

Congratulations to Heather Emady, 2006 UA Space Grant Intern, for Receiving the 2015 Bisgrove Scholars Award!

Friday, July 28, 2017

Heather Emady, 2006 UA Space Grant Intern, is a recipient of Arizona Science Foundation's 2015 Bisgrove Scholars Award.

She conducted industrially relevant postdoctoral work first as a Postdoctoral Researcher for Procter & Gamble, and then as a Co-Instructor and Postdoctoral Associate at Rutgers School of Engineering, where she worked with large consortiums and centers focused on particle technology research in the catalyst and pharmaceutical areas. In 2015, Dr. Emady joined the faculty at SEMTE where she combines her passions for particle technology research, teaching and outreach promoting engineering as a career option to women and other underrepresented groups. As a

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Bob Zavala, 1997 UA Space Grant Intern, Makes Ripples

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Bob Zavala, 1997 UA Space Grant Intern, is co-author of the recent publication "Constraining the Orbit of the Supermassive Black Hole Binary 0402+379", as featured by Daily Mail:

'The orbits of binary stars provided tremendous insights about stars,' said Bob Zavala, an astronomer with the U.S. Naval Observatory. 'Now we'll be able to use similar techniques to understand super-massive black holes and the galaxies they reside within.'

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Sonia Sen, 2011 and 2012 UA Space Grant Intern and Intern Advisor

Sonia Sen, 2011 and 2012 UA Space Grant Intern and Intern Advisor

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Sonia Sen inspired us all! She celebrated being an inspirational woman at her UA graduation in 2014, and in May 2017 completed a MS in Information Systems at Cornell Tech. Congratulations, Sonia--you GO girl!!!

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Christina Morrison, 2016 UA Space Grant Intern

Christina Morrison, 2016 UA Space Grant Intern

Monday, May 15, 2017

Christina Morrison is working with professor Charles Gerba on testing new ways to clean clothes in space!

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