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NASA Fellowships, Scholarships Bring Diversity to Future STEM Workforce
December 5, 2013


NASA's Minority University Research and Education Project (MUREP) has awarded fellowships and scholarships for the 2013-2014 academic year to 40 graduate and undergraduate students from across the United States to increase diversity in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) disciplines.

Thirty graduate students from 16 states and the District of Columbia were selected to receive the competitive Harriett G. Jenkins Graduate Fellowship, which 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 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.

NASA's Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif., manages MUREP activities for the Office of Education.

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

MUREP 2013 Fellowships and Scholarships Awardees

Jenkins Fellowship

Ezgihan Badar -- University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, Texas

Katrina Bermudez -- Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, N.Y.

Melanie Brady -- University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, Miss.

Nicholas Brenes -- The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas

Christina Chu -- University of Alaska, Fairbanks, Fairbanks, Alaska

Kenyon Colman -- Howard University, Washington, D.C.

Josephine Cunningham -- The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas

Christine Fanchiang -- University of Colorado at Boulder, Boulder, Colo.

Mariel Friberg -- Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Ga.

Amelia Hart -- William Marsh Rice University, Houston, Texas

Spencer Hawkins -- Texas A&M University – College Station, College Station, Texas

Mera Horne -- University of California – Berkeley, Berkeley, Calif.

Kelley Hutchins -- The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas

Lauren Jozwiak -- Brown University, Providence, R.I.

Hilary Kelly -- The New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, Socorro, N.M.

Jessica Kenigson -- University of Colorado at Boulder, Boulder, Colo.

Erika Kohler -- University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Ark.

Carlos Lopez -- Texas A&M University – College Station, College Station, Texas

Timothy Middleton -- University of Maryland, College Park, College Park, Md.

Teresa Monsue -- Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tenn.

Faheem Muhammed -- Florida A&M University, Tallahassee, Fla.

Jessica Piness -- University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, Miss.

Jendai Robinson -- University of Cincinnati – Main Campus, Cincinnati, Ohio

Bradley Rodier -- Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio

Edward Saenz -- University of Massachusetts, Boston, Boston, Mass.

Gabriela Sanz-Douglass -- San Diego State University, San Diego, Calif.

Adam Sarafian -- Woods Hole Institute, Woods Hole, Mass.

Pratik Saripalli -- University of Maryland, College Park, College Park, Md.

Emmaris Soto -- Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C.

Eleanor Stokes -- Yale University, New Haven, Conn.

MUREP Scholarship

Alexandra Cisotto -- Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas

Morgan Elliott -- Saint Louis University - Main Campus, Saint Louis, Mo.

Isis Frausto-Vicencio -- College of the Sequoias, Visalia, Calif.

Beck Giesy -- Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Va.

Kelechi Ikegwu -- North Carolina A&T State University, Greensboro, N.C.

Martin Kristofferson -- Navajo Technical University, Crownpoint, N.M.

Ciara Lynton -- Morgan State University, Baltimore, Md.

José F Martínez Pedraza -- University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez

Kristin McLean -- Oakwood University, Huntsville, Ala.

Rai Munoz -- CUNY CITY College, New York, N.Y.


Ann Marie Trotta/NASA Headquarters

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Two individuals review content on a display at a poster session
Minority students representing a NASA fellowship program explain their research during a poster session.
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Page Last Updated: December 5th, 2013
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