SCHOLARSHIP AND FELLOWSHIP AWARDEES
Virginia Space Grant Consortium funds four scholarship and fellowship programs, the VSGC Graduate STEM Research Fellowship Program, the Undergraduate STEM Research Scholarship Program, the Community College STEM Scholarship Program and the STEM Bridge Scholarship Program. Learn more about the programs below.

 

Undergraduate STEM Research Scholarship Program provides awards of up to $8,500 to rising juniors and seniors who are enrolled full-time in a program of study in science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM) and have a specific faculty-mentored research project that has NASA or aerospace relevance. Applied Health Sciences majors are not eligible for this program.

Graduate 2017-2018

Lavina Backman

Lavina Backman is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Virginia. Her research topic is oxidation informed design of entropy stabilized ultra-high temperature ceramics.

Matthew Bailey

Matthew Bailey is a Ph. D. candidate at Virginia Tech. His research topic is transonic wall interference corrections.

John Bedford

John Bedford is a Ph. D. candidate at Old Dominion University. His research topic includes elucidating determinates of protein structure, stability and folding.

Andrew Burkhardt

Andrew Burkhardt is a Ph. D. candidate at the University of Virginia. His research topic is constraining the formation chemistry of aldehydes in star forming regions.

Caitlin Colleary

Caitlin Colleary is a Ph. D. candidate at Virginia Tech. Her research topic is biomolecule degradation in terrestrial vertebrates in deep time.

Brendan Croom

Brendan Croom is a Ph. D. candidate at the University of Virginia. His research topic is generating toughness and ductility in high-temperature ceramic composites through bioinspired microstructure design.

Kevin Garner

Kevin Garner is a Master’s candidate at Old Dominion University. His research topic is unstructured adaptive mesh refinement.

Clayton Geipel

Clayton Geipel is a Ph. D. candidate at the University of Virginia. His research topic is CH2O PLIF measurement of turbulent flame structure in a scramjet combustor.

Stephanie Guthrie

Stephanie Guthrie is a Ph. D. candidate at the University of Virginia. Her research topic is organic molecules for flexible electronic and photovoltaic applications.

Christian Hayes

Christian Hayes is a Ph. D. candidate at the University of Virginia. His research topic is stellar halo of the large Magellanic cloud.

Patrick King

Patrick King is a Ph. D. candidate at the University of Virginia. His research topic is determination of the magnetic field structure of giant molecular clouds.

Lee Kordella

Lee Kordella is a Ph. D. candidate at Virginia Tech. His research topic is SPATIO-Temporal variations of the ionosphere during the 2017 solar eclipse.

Allison Matthews

Allison Matthews is a Ph. D. candidate at the University of Virginia. Her research topic is a high-resolution radio study of early-universe star formation.

Ryan McCabe

Ryan McCabe is a Ph. D. candidate at Hampton University. His research topic is analysis of venusian equatorial waves using Venus Express and ground-based data.

Hunter McClelland

Hunter McClelland is a Ph. D. candidate at Virginia Tech. His research topic is discovering natural indicators of atmospheric coherent structures with unmanned aircraft systems.

Andrew Pyle

Andrew Pyle is a Ph. D. candidate at The College of William and Mary. His researc topic is quantum pumping for ultracold atom transport.

Ashley Shoaf

Ashley Shoaf is a Ph. D. candidate at Old Dominion University. Her research topic is investigations of trigger bonds and shock-sensitivity in high energy density materials using DFT and Wiberg Bond indices.

Trey Wenger

Trey Wenger is a Ph. D. candidate at the University of Virginia . His research topic is metallicity structure in the Milky Way.

Undergraduate 2017-2018

George Altamirano

George Altamirano is a Bachelor’s candidate at Old Dominion University, majoring in Mechanical Engineering.

Matthew Anderson

Matthew Anderson is a Bachelor’s candidate at the University of Virginia, majoring in Mechanical Engineering and Aerospace Engineering.

Jackson Arzola

Jackson Arzola is a Bachelor’s candidate at Old Dominion University, majoring in Mechanical Engineering.

Grant Gibson

Grant Gibson is a Bachelor’s candidate at the University of Virginia. His research topic is path-planning and autonomous control for avian-inspired landing.

Arvind Gupta

Arvind Gupta is a Bachelor’s candidate at the University of Virginia. His research topic is the Sagittarius dwarf galaxy: Mapping core distance and structure using RR Lyrae variable stars.

Lauren Herbine

Lauren Herbine is a Bachelor’s candidate at The College of William and Mary. Her research topic is the implications of long-term resilience of Delmarva Peninsula marshes on barrier island stability.

Hyungsuk Kang

Hyungsuk Kang is a Bachelor’s candidate at Old Dominion University. His research topic is employing anisotropic building blocks in ice-templating: understanding structure-property relations for lightweight materials design and future space manufacturing.

William Lake

William Lake is a Bachelor’s candidate at The College of William and Mary. His research topic is clean energy production and artifical photosynthesis.

Kelsey Niehoff

Kelsey Niehoff is a Bachelor’s candidate at Virginia Tech. Her research topic is integrating carbon nanotube enhancers into the porous cell wall of ultra-high temperature ceramics to extreme temperature applications.

Indira Stevens

Indira Stevens is a Bachelor’s candidate at The College of William and Mary. Her research topic is the role of iron-based electrocatalysts in solar hydrogen generation.

Katherine Witt

Katherine Witt is a Bachelor’s candidate at Virginia Tech. Her research topic is characterizing the spread of oil across ice by capillarity.

Community College 2017-2018

Abigail Boyette

Abigail Boyette is an Associate’s candidate at Piedmont Virginia Community College, majoring in Mechanical Engineering.

Evan Crain

Evan Crain is an Associate’s candidate at Thomas Nelson Community College, majoring in Engineering

Cierra Hall

Cierra Hall is an Associate’s candidate at Tidewater Community College, majoring in Engineering

Christopher Henley

Christopher Henley is an Associate’s candidate at New River Community College, majoring in Science.

Matthew Looney

Matthew Looney is an Associate’s candidate at Southwest Community College, majoring in Engineering.

Hayley Marshall

Haley Marshall is an Associate’s candidate at Eastern Shore Community College, majoring in Science.

STEM Bridge 2017-2018

David Barnes

David Barnes is a Bachelor’s candidate at Hampton University, majoring in Mathematics.

Tauren Bass

Tauren Bass is a Bachelor’s candidate at Hampton University, majoring in Computer Science.

Joi Best

Joi Best is a Bachelor’s candidate at Old Dominion University, majoring in Computer Science.

Zakory Biggers

Zackory Biggers is a Bachelor’s candidate at Virginia Tech, majoring in Mechanical Engineering.

Esther Boachie

Esther Boachie is a Bachelor’s candidate at the University of Virginia, majoring in Computer Engineering.

Andre Cumberland

Andre Cumberland is a Bachelor’s candidate at Old Dominion University, majoring Mechanical Engineering.

Aaron Easter

Aaron Easter is a Bachelor’s candidate at Old Dominion University, majoring in Electrical Engineering.

Angelina Gallego

Angelina Gallego is a Bachelor’s candidate at Hampton University, majoring in Physics.

James Garcia-Otero

James Garcia-Otero is a Bachelor’s candidate at the University of Virginia, majoring in Computer Engineering.

Okera Goodwin

Okera Goodwin is a Bachelor’s candidate at Hampton University, majoring in Computer Science.

Ernest Horton

Ernest Horton is a Bachelor’s candidate at Hampton University, majoring in Computer Science.

Joel Magee

Raymond Martin is a Bachelor’s candidate at Hampton University, majoring in Computer Science Information.

Raymond Martin

Raymond Martin is a Bachelor’s candidate at Hampton University, majoring in Computer Science Information.

Kiara McMillan

Kiara McMillan is a Bachelor’s candidate at Virginia Tech, majoring in Mechanical Engineering.

Kevin Mondy Jr.

Kevin Mondy is a Bachelor’s is a Bachelor’s candidate at Hampton University, majoring in Computer Science.

Tanner Nelson

Tanner Nelson is a Bachelor’s candidate at The College of William and Mary, majoring in Biology.

Emmit Pert

Emmit Pert is a Bachelor’s candidate at the University of Virginia, majoring in Chemistry.

Rebecca Pinda

Rebecca Pinda is a Bachelor’s candidate at Hampton University, majoring in Electrical Engineering.

Andre Ray

Andre Ray is a Bachelor’s candidate at Hampton University, majoring in Computer Information Systems.

Gelila Reta

Gelila Reta is a Bachelor’s candidate at Virginia Tech, majoring in Engineering.

Maurice Roots

Maurice Roots is a Bachelor’s candidate at Hampton University majoring in Physics.

Allexis Skipper

Allexis Skipper is a Bachelor’s candidate at Old Dominion University, majoring in Computer Engineering.

Eric Sthurghill

Eric Sthurghill is a Bachelor’s candidate at Hampton University, majoring in Computer Science.

Raeven Waters

Raeven Waters is a Bachelor’s candidate at Virginia Tech, majoring in Aerospace Engineering.

Nyka Watkins

Nyka Watkins is a Bachelor’s candidate at Old Dominion, majoring in Mechanical Engineering.

Student Research Conference, 2018

Student Research Conference

The 2018 VSGC Student Research Conference was held at Old Dominion University on April 11. The Conference featured oral presentations from the 2017 Graduate Fellows and two poster sessions from Undergraduate Research Scholars as well as a luncheon hosted by ODU. Photographs from the event can be viewed here.