Episode 6: Lauren Edgar

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Episode 6: Lauren Edgar
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Special Guest: Lauren Edgar, NASA intern

(0:00) Intro

(0:21) Interview with Lauren Edgar. Dartmouth College senior Lauren Edgar has been tracking NASA projects since middle school and was selected for a NASA Academy internship. She talks about her NASA research project and the internship experience.
       NASA Academy  →
       NASA Academy Intern Profile: Lauren Edgar  →

(3:40) NASA is offering opportunities to participate in the Pre-Service Teachers Institute at Johnson Space Center and at Oakwood College in cooperation with Marshall Space Flight Center.
       NASA Johnson Space Center Pre-Service Teacher Institute  →
       NASA Marshall Space Flight Center/Oakwood College Pre-Service Teacher Institute  →

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Deana Nunley: This is NASA Student Opportunities -- a podcast connecting high school and college students with learning opportunities inside America’s space agency.

Episode 6. March 21, 2007. I'm Deana Nunley. Thanks for joining us today.

Deana: Lauren Edgar is a senior at Dartmouth College studying Earth science modified with engineering and is in the process of applying to graduate school, where she plans to study planetary geology. She spent most of last summer participating in NASA research as a NASA Academy intern at Goddard Space Flight Center.

Lauren Edgar: My research project is called "Buried Basins on Mars," and I am studying the distribution of varied impact basins on Mars and trying to better constrain the age of different regions of the crust. Some of the really exciting things that we have been finding are that most of the regions seem to be about the same age except for Tharsus, which is a volcanic area which seems to be a lot younger than the rest of it. Previously everyone thought that the lowlands to the north and the northern hemisphere were a lot younger than the highlands. What I am finding this summer is that that idea might be wrong, so it's some pretty exciting research so far.

Deana: We'll post a link to Lauren's research project on our show notes page to give you more information. Lauren, how did you find out about NASA Academy?

Lauren: I have been interested in space exploration for a really long time so I have been kind of tracking some of the NASA programs since I was in middle school and high school. So it's really exciting to finally be of the age where I can apply and participate in these programs. I think it was just a combination of looking at the Web site. There was another NASA Academy alumni that went to Dartmouth, so I heard a little bit about it from him, and then I just applied this year.

Deana: Have you enjoyed it?

Lauren: I have loved every minute of this summer. I'm really sad that it's almost over, but we've had a great time. I have loved my research project. I am working with a great principal investigator. And it's definitely something I might continue after the Academy. We have also the chance to visit a lot of exciting centers and more fully immerse ourselves in the field of space exploration.

Deana: How do you expect to use your NASA experience in the future?

Lauren: My research project this summer is something that I might be considering to work into a senior thesis. It's also helped me to figure out a little bit more about where I might want to apply to graduate school. There is also the possibility of coming back to work at Goddard some time in the future, because I have really enjoyed my experience this summer.

Deana: What is the highlight for you?

Lauren: It is hard to pick just one thing, but I might have to say that it is the people. This is the first time that I have found myself surrounded by so many individuals that are all passionate and intelligent and share all my same interests. I don't think that I could have found that anywhere else.

Deana: Do you have any advice for students who are considering NASA Academy?

Lauren: I have heard that sometimes people do not get in on their first try, so I would just encourage people to keep applying, keep refining their research skills, continue to excel in leadership and research and don't give up.

Deana: NASA Academy offers internship opportunities for dozens of students each summer. Go to www.nasa.gov/podcast. Click on the NASA Student Opportunities podcast, and you'll find a link to more information about NASA Academy in the show notes for this week's episode.


A couple of opportunities to participate in NASA's Pre-Service Teacher Institute are just around the corner.

Early childhood and elementary education majors in Texas, Oklahoma and New Mexico can apply for the Pre-Service Teacher Institute. Spend a one-week residential session at NASA's Johnson Space Center interfacing with NASA personnel, touring the facilities and learning to incorporate NASA research into your lesson plans. The application deadline is March 23, 2007.

And applications are being accepted for the NASA/Oakwood College Pre-Service Teacher Institute. It's a two-week residential institute for college students preparing to teach in an elementary or middle school. The institute is held in mid-June on the Oakwood College campus in Huntsville, Ala., and is designed to increase skills in teaching mathematics and science while incorporating technology into the curriculum. Participants must attend a designated member institution listed on the Pre-Service Teacher Institute Web site. Applications are due April 24, 2007.

You can find links to more information about these opportunities in this week's show notes. Go to www.nasa.gov/podcast and click on the NASA Student Opportunities podcast.

We'd like to hear from you. If you have any questions or comments about NASA learning opportunities, send an e-mail to: educationpodcast@nasa.gov

Thanks for listening.

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