Episode 7: Christine Gabrielse

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Episode 7: Christine Gabrielse
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Special Guest: Christine Gabrielse, NASA Academy intern

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(0:20) Applications for the NASA Stennis Space Center and Jackson State University Pre-Service Teacher Institute   → are due May 15, 2007.

(1:14) Interview with Christine Gabrielse. Florida Institute of Technology senior Christine Gabrielse talks about the impact she expects her NASA Academy internship to have on her career.
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       NASA Academy Intern Profile: Christine Gabrielse   →

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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 7. March 28, 2007. I'm Deana Nunley. Thanks for joining us today.

Applications are being accepted for the NASA Stennis Space Center and Jackson State University Pre-Service Teacher Institute. This two-week residential professional development opportunity is held on the JSU campus in Jackson, Miss. It's for college students who are preparing to teach elementary or middle school students. Using a problem-based learning aerospace theme, students will increase mathematics and science teaching skills, develop lessons and teach children from a local school. Participants must attend a designated member institution listed on the Pre-Service Teacher Institute Web site. Application materials are due May 15, 2007.

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


Christine Gabrielse is a senior majoring in space sciences at Florida Institute of Technology. Last summer, she served as a NASA Academy intern at Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. I chatted with Christine by phone during the final days of her internship and asked her to describe the NASA Academy experience.

Christine Gabrielse: The entire experience has been awesome, to say the least. Basically, I came into the summer hoping that I would get some kind of direction for my life. Like I knew sort of what I wanted to do. And I came out with that -- I know better what I want to do. I feel much more confident.

The NASA Academy gave me a huge perspective on NASA in general and the entire space community, even outside of NASA -- a perspective that I didn't have before. And I just feel a lot more confident in being able to make future choices for my career and for myself after having gone through the Academy.

Deana: You said NASA Academy has broadened your perspective. How so?

Christine: Going to Florida Tech, I had the Space Coast perspective, like the whole attitude around the Kennedy Space Center. I only really had a view of NASA from there. Now that I've come to Greenbelt, I've seen Goddard, I've seen Marshall, I've seen Johnson. We've gone out to other space communities such as in Colorado, and visited Lockheed Martin and Ball Aerospace, and there's a huge list of corporations that we have seen. So now I get to see a much broader view of all the different NASA centers and the people that they work with.

Deana: Does anything stand out as the highlight of your NASA Academy experience?

Christine: Getting to meet such great people with the same passion that I have for space and making such great friendships that we are going to have in the future. And being able to go through so many different things with them this summer, like the traveling with them and seeing all the different, like I said, the different side of the space industry. I really have to say, the contacts and the networking, and just the people you get to meet along the way.

Deana: Do you expect the internship to have a positive impact on your future?

Christine: Most definitely, it has already made me a more confident person and just everything in making future decisions and such. It has definitely impacted me positively. It has helped lead me to see where I want to go for my career and see different sides of not only the NASA view, but views of corporations that are also going into space. It has made me more excited to go into what I am going into, as well.

Deana: Would you care to offer any advice to prospective interns?

Christine: My advice for students considering the NASA Academy is that they really should apply and fill out all those forms you need to, because it is just the best experience that they are ever going to have. It really is going to affect their lives for the positive. I would suggest when they do apply to just be themselves and really show the passion that they have for space because that is what they are really looking for -- people who have passion for space. Just to show who they are and when they come, to expect to have a great time and to work really hard, but you meet a lot of great people and come out of it a changed person.

Deana: Christine plans to attend graduate school and is considering the field of planetary science. For links to more information about NASA Academy and Christine's internship activity, go to www.nasa.gov/podcast, click on the NASA Student Opportunities podcast, and check out this week's show notes.


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