Space Grant Success Stories

Three UA Navajo Students Graduate With Ph.D. Degrees in Engineering

Three UA Navajo Students Graduate With Ph.D. Degrees in Engineering

1992-93 Space Grant Undergraduate Intern Julius Yellowhair graduates from the University of Arizona with a Ph.D. in Optical Sciences.

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Space Grant group helps build scientific knowledge

Space Grant group helps build scientific knowledge

"I was responsible for analyzing MRI scans of patients with brain tumors using an imaging software. I had to develop a new technique to look at areas of the brain for changes in before and after radiation treatment in an attempt to detect radiation effects." -Joshua Lucio

University of Arizona Space Grant Undergraduate Research Intern Joshua Lucio was featured in the Arizona Daily Star (4/18/07) written by Valarie Potell.... Read more

Success Comes Early In Interns' Careers

Success Comes Early In Interns' Careers

University of Arizona Space Grant Undergraduate Research Intern David Zahn (2006-07) was awarded two distinctions soon into his first semester as an undergraduate research intern in our program.

The following link is to an excerpt from a letter from David to Susan Brew regarding his recent accomplishments and enthusiasm about the Space Grant program and how it has been a positive element of his semester so far!

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Daniella Giustina Awarded with NIAC Student Fellows Prize

Daniella Giustina Awarded with NIAC Student Fellows Prize

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... 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

Space Grant Internships Leads to Science Writing Dream Job and a Lot of Fun

In 1998-99, Thomas Stauffer was awarded a UA/NASA Space Grant Science Writing Internship at the Arizona Daily Star--Arizona's second largest newspaper. This experience led to the career of his dreams. Here is Tom's story:

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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

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