Space Grant Success Stories

Intern Comes Full-Circle at UA

Intern Comes Full Circle at UA

Dante Lauretta was a University of Arizona/NASA Space Grant Undergraduate Research Intern in 1992. We knew we could expect great things from Dante. In 2000, after completing a Ph.D. from Washington University, and serving as a postdoc at Arizona State University, Dante was hired to the UA Department of Planetary Sciences/the Lunar and Planetary Laboratory--home department for Space Grant in Arizona. Dr. Lauretta's research interests focus on the origin and chemical evolution of the solar... Read more

Intern Designing the "New Space Shuttle" at Boeing

Intern Designing the "New Space Shuttle" at Boeing

Germán Fuentes, a 1999-00 Space Grant intern for Dr. Lesser graduated with a degree in Electrical Engineering in 2002. We were very pleased to receive a note from him this summer, to update us on his activities:

"I wanted to say thank you for the opportunity given to me 3 yrs. ago and... Read more

Jenna Root Awarded 1st Place at the UA Student Showcase

Jenna Root Awarded 1st Place at the UA Student Showcase

University of Arizona Space Grant Undergraduate Research Intern Jenna Root (2005-06) was awarded 1st Place for her poster at the UA Student Showcase 2006. She competed in the Undergraduate Student Division in Agriculture and Environmental Sciences. She will be presenting her poster, "Assessing Carbon Dynamics of Coarse Woody Debris in Desert Grasslands" at the Annual Meetings of the Society for Range... Read more

Launching UA Students from Research Labs to America's High-Tech Workforce

Launching UA Students from Research Labs to America's High Tech Workforce

The Arizona Space Grant Consortium is particularly proud of our statewide fellowships programs. From 1994 to 2002, 999 undergraduate students have participated in mentor-guided research internships in leading-edge scientific programs. A great enhancement to an education, internships contribute to the development of a technically informed, aware and sensitive citizenry--essential to the success of U.S. space endeavors, as well as to broader national priorities. 132 graduate students have received fellowships, propelling them towards careers in America's technical work force. 22% are from groups traditionally underrepresented in science and... Read more

UA Intern in Driver's Seat of Mars Exploration Rover (MER)

UA Intern in Driver's Seat of Mars Exploration Rover (MER)

Chris Lewicki, was a 1993-94 Arizona Space Grant Intern, and a 1997-1999 Graduate Fellow--not to mention the first student manager of the UA Space Grant Student Satellite Program. He now serves as a member of the Mars Exploration Rovers Assembly, Test and Launch Operations team at JPL. In 2003, two new and powerful Mars "Robotic Geologists", developed by the MER team, will be sent to the red planet. With far greater mobility than the 1997 Mars Pathfinder rover, these rovers will be able to trek up to... Read more

From Space Grant Internship to a Post-Doctoral Fellowship at Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics

From Space Grant Internship to a Post Doctoral Fellowship at Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics

1992-93 Intern Warren Brown, and AZSGC's first student to attend the NASA Academy at Goddard, recently reported: "I'm at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, now a post-doctoral Fellow. I'm working on some spectrographs and observing star streams (...remnants of past galaxy mergers) in the outer parts of the Milky Way. I stayed in Cambridge because of a significant other, who recently became my wife. She is of Greek descent, so it was a Big Fat... Read more

Space Grant Intern Artist Helps Scientists Envision Titan

Space Grant Intern Artist Helps Scientists Envision Titan

UA Space Grant Intern Mark Robertson-Tessi, along with mentor Ralph Lorenz, have been exploring Titan, Saturn's largest satellite. Specifically, Mark's internship has involved studying the landscape of Titan, then rendering images of what the landscape may look like. Below are a few of the images, along with detailed descriptions. Click on each image to view the full-size version.

2012 - Back to Titan. An autonomous airship exploits Titan's thick atmosphere and low gravity to explore the near-surface environment. The airship communicates direct-to-Earth with a large electronically-steered phased-array antenna. Here it uses its thruster fans to... Read more

National Space Grant Student Satellite Program

National Space Grant Student Satellite Program

The Arizona Space Grant Consortium is working to spearhead a National Space Grant Student Satellite Program. Across America, Space Grant students are learning from the ground up—literally—by designing, building, flying and operating a broad range of spacecraft. Students come to our programs with an interest in Space, but with different levels of skill, knowledge, and experience. Missions of growing complexity provide opportunities to acquire baseline skills and then to build on them. They range from the simple—building soda-can “satellites” or small payloads for launch from small rockets... Read more

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