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Gretchen Cook-Anderson
Headquarters, Washington
(Phone: 202/358-0836)

April 30, 2003
RELEASE : 03-153
NASA Announces Administrator's Fellowship Awardees
NASA today announced the 2003 awardees for the Administrator's Fellowship Program (AFP). The AFP was designed to enhance the professional development both of NASA employees and science, mathematics and engineering faculty of minority-serving institutions. The AFP also aims to increase the capability of minority-serving institutions to participate in NASA's research and development (R&D) programs.

The NASA Employee Fellows and their fellowship plans include: Dr. Jonathan W. Campbell, Dr. Kenneth R. Fernandez and Hong S. Kim of the Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Ala., who will conduct their fellowships at Alabama A&M University, Normal, Ala., Alabama A&M University and Texas A&M University, Kingsville, respectively; Dr. Philip T. Chen of the Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md., who will complete his fellowship at Howard University, Washington; Dr. A. Gholam Shaykhian and Dr. Jan F. Corbin of the Kennedy Space Center, Fla., who will perform their fellowships at Bethune Cookman College, Daytona Beach, FL.

Faculty Fellows include: Dr. Clinton Hunt, Alcorn State University, who will conduct his fellowship at Stennis Space Center, Miss.; Dr. Keith A. McGee, Alcorn State University, who will participate as a fellow at Marshall Space Flight Center; and Dr. Jianping Yue, Essex County College, who will carry out his fellowship at Langley Research Center, Hampton, VA.

The program provides Faculty Fellows mid-career opportunities to conduct research at NASA centers or other large institutions. AFP enables recipients to better compete in NASA's mainstream, peer-reviewed research programs. Fellows also will be provided with opportunities to interface with high-level NASA and other government officials, to participate in NASA's R&D programs, and to learn about innovative scientific and engineering research methods. These experiences have been planned to enhance their professional careers and better position their home institutions to participate in NASA's R&D programs.

"The Administrator's Fellowship Program is a superb example of how NASA is working to engage minority-serving institutions in the agency's work, while also encouraging professional development in disciplines critical to NASA's mission," noted Dr. Adena Williams Loston, NASA's associate administrator for education. "The program is an essential element of the agency's dedication to engaging minority institutions in the process of advancing our nation's science discoveries," she>
The United Negro College Fund Special Programs Corporation administers the NASA Administrator's Fellowship.

For more information about the NASA Administrator's Fellowship Program, and the application process for 2004, on the Internet, visit:

For more information about other NASA and education programs on the Internet, visit:


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