13 Idaho Students Receive Prestigious NASA Internships

Thursday, May 20 2010

MOSCOW, Idaho – Thirteen students from Idaho universities will intern at NASA institutions across the country this summer, working with NASA scientists and participating in research and hands on projects.

“NASA internships give students the chance to apply the knowledge they gain in the classroom in a very tangible, real world environment. It is an excellent learning opportunity,” said Becky Highfill of the NASA Idaho Space Grant Consortium.

The ISGC submits student applications and assists the students financially in their endeavors, aiding them in travel and other expenses.

Internships at NASA institutions have been known to lead to jobs with NASA after graduation. Idaho interns will have an opportunity to work on a variety of NASA research programs that align with NASA’s current vision.

The students will be dispersed at different locations throughout the nation. Three students will intern at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, in Pasadena, Calif. Another two students have received internships to work at NASA Ames Research Center in California’s Silicon Valley. Two of the 13 will be located in Seattle, Wash., as they intern at Boeing. Three more will make their way to Houston, Texas, where they will intern at the Johnson Space center and another three at Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala.

NASA interns from Idaho include: Anna Camery, Brandt Pedrow, Bryce Winterbottom, Chris Douglas, David Gardner, Gabriel Wilson, Ian Higginson, Jessica Aldecoa, Lee VanGundy, Mat Stein and Sean Wagoner from the University of Idaho. Also interning this summer are, Allyssa Bateman from Boise State University, and Patricia Randazzo from the College of Idaho.

The interns will post pictures and updates of their experiences on the NASA ISGC Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/pages/Moscow-ID/NASA-Idaho-Space-Grant-Consortium/91682706503?ref=search&sid=40309002.2212142801..1, which is open to the public for viewing.
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About the NASA Idaho Space Grant Consortium

The NASA Idaho Space Grant Consortium was established in 1991 as part of the NASA National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program. The ISGC comprises 22 institutions including all colleges and universities in the state, science centers and museums, science organizations, state departments, industry representatives, a state park, and a national monument.

About the University of Idaho
Founded in 1889, the University of Idaho is the state’s flagship higher-education institution and its principal graduate education and research university, bringing insight and innovation to the state, the nation and the world. University researchers attract nearly $100 million in research grants and contracts each year; the University of Idaho is the only institution in the state to earn the prestigious Carnegie Foundation ranking for high research activity. The university’s student population includes first-generation college students and ethnically diverse scholars. Offering more than 130 degree options in 10 colleges, the university combines the strengths of a large university with the intimacy of small learning communities. The university is home to the Vandals, the 2009 Roady’s Humanitarian Bowl champions. For information, visit www.uidaho.edu.

Media Contacts: Becky Highfill, ISGC Program Coordinator, (208) 885-4934, bhighfil@uidaho.edu; or Shandy Lam, ISGC Communications Assistant, (208) 885-6030, nasacomm@uidaho.edu. More information is on the Web: http://isgc.uidaho.edu.

About the University of Idaho
The University of Idaho helps students to succeed and become leaders. Its land-grant mission furthers innovative scholarly and creative research to grow Idaho's economy and serve a statewide community. From its main campus in Moscow, Idaho, to 70 research and academic locations statewide, U-Idaho emphasizes real-world application as part of its student experience. U-Idaho combines the strength of a large university with the intimacy of small learning communities. It is home to the Vandals. For information, visit www.uidaho.edu.