NASA Awards Fellowships to Two Colorado Students

Boulder, Colorado. December 5, 2013. Two students from the University of Colorado at Boulder were selected to receive the Harriett G. Jenkins Graduate Fellowship. Christine Fanchiang and Jessica Kenigson were among thirty graduate students from 16 states and the District of Columbia who were selected to receive this competitive award which aims to increase diversity in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) disciplines.

The award provides as much as $45,000 annually for as many as three years, and includes tuition offset, student stipend, and a research experience at a NASA center. It addresses NASA’s mission-specific workforce needs and supports the development of the future STEM workforce through the increased number of master’s and doctorate degrees awarded to women, ethnic minorities and disabled people in STEM disciplines.

Ten undergraduate students from nine states and Puerto Rico were also selected to receive the competitive MUREP scholarship, which provides an academic stipend worth as much $9,000, and $6,000 more for a 10-week internship at a NASA center. These scholarships support women, ethnic minorities and disabled students pursuing STEM degrees and enables them to augment their academic learning with technical collaborations and professional development.

NASA’s Office of Education is strengthening involvement with higher education institutions to ensure that NASA can meet future workforce needs. Currently, minorities make up a disproportionately small percentage of graduates entering STEM fields. MUREP strives to ensure that underrepresented and underserved students participate in NASA education and research projects, which stimulates increasing numbers of them to continue their higher education and earn advanced degrees.

For a full list of Awardees, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/education/MUREP_2013_Awardees/#.UqC2c47V0hv

For more information about NASA’s education programs, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/education