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MUST Participants Share Their Stories
A young woman observes a milling machine

Cristal Vasquez worked with thermal straps designed to withstand extremely cold conditions. Image Credit: NASA

NASA’s Motivating Undergraduates in Science and Technology project awards scholarships and internships to undergraduates pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, fields.

Each year, MUST supports approximately 100 college sophomores and juniors with one-year competitive scholarships of up to one-half of tuition, not to exceed $10,000. Students who maintain the required minimum grade point average are eligible for a paid internship at a NASA center. Additionally, students benefit year-round from tutoring, lecture series and mentoring by STEM faculty and peers.

MUST is open to all students and is particularly focused on engaging students from underserved and underrepresented groups to enter STEM fields. The project is a joint partnership between NASA, the Hispanic College Fund, the United Negro College Fund Special Programs and the Society for Hispanic Professional Engineers.

Check out the profiles below of a few of the NASA MUST participants. Learn more about how they got involved in NASA projects and what advice they have for students interested in working for NASA.

› Read Gilbert Castillo Interview
› Read Julian Corona Interview
› Read Olivia Lenz Interview
› Read Juan Carlos Lopez Interview
› Read Crystal Vasquez Interview

Learn more about NASA's Motivating Undergraduates in Science and Technology project.