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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 and undergraduate papers will be posted soon.

Graduate 2022-2023
Jarrod Banks

Jarrod Banks

Jarrod Banks is a Ph. D. candidate at Virginia Tech. Transient aeroacoustics turbulence ingestion into a rotor.

Edward Barron

Edward Barron

Edward Barron is a Ph. D. candidate at Virginia Tech. Liquid metal elastomer composite filaments for material extrusion additive manufacturing.

Jessica Cropley

Jessica Cropley

Jessica Cropley is a Masters candidate at William & Mary. Photocatalysts for hydrogen generation and the future of energy.

Joseph Cunningham

Joseph Cunningham

Joseph Cunningham is a Ph. D. candidate at Virginia Tech. Development of UV-resistant polymer-regolith composite shielding material for long-term lunar habitats incorporating carbon nanotubes.

Andrianna Daniels

Andrianna Daniels

Andrianna Daniels is a Ph. D. candidate at the University of Virginia. Creating a detailed model for boron nitride deposition mechanics.

Wayne Dawson III

Wayne Dawson III

Wayne Dawson is a Masters candidate at the University of Virginia. A fluorescence based approach for quantifying phenology and physiology in changing boreal ecosystems.

Joshua Fitzgerald

Joshua Fitzgerald

Joshua Fitzgerald is a Ph. D. candidate at Virginia Tech. Optimizing spacecraft trajectory design in perturbed restricted three-body models.

Nathan Folta

Nathan Folta

Nathan Folta is a Masters candidate at Virginia Tech. Design of novel lower body exoskeleton.

Alexander Hatfield

Alexander Hatfield

Alexander Hatfield is a Ph. D. candidate at Old Dominion University. Multifunctional boron nitride nanotube (BNNT) and BNNT composites and devices in extreme aerospace environments.

Megan Hept

Megan Hept

Megan Hept is a Ph. D. candidate at Old Dominion University. Exploring the Impact of climate change and increased carbon levels on the cyanobacteria, microcystis aeruginosa

Jeremy Hopwood

Jeremy Hopwood

Jeremy Hopwood is a Ph. D. candidate at Virginia Tech. Energy-based wind estimation using aircraft.

Ken Koltermann

Ken Koltermann

Ken Koltermann is a Ph. D. candidate at William & Mary.  Apollo: non-intrusive vital sign monitoring using wearable technology.

Zhe-Yu Daniel Lin

Zhe-Yu Daniel Lin

Zhe-Yu Daniel Lin is a Ph. D. candidate at the University of Virginia. Making baby planets: dust settling of protoplanetary disks.

Vector Kontopanos

Victor Kontopanos

Victor Kontopanos is a Ph. D. candidate at the University of Virginia. Modelling galvanic corrosion of aerospace fasteners and plates under thin electrolyte film conditions.

Andrew Krause

Andrew Krause

Andrew Krause is a Ph. D. candidate at Hampton University. Testing QCD factorization theorems with model simulations of lepton-proton scattering processes.

Zhe-Yu Daniel Lin

Zhe-Yu Daniel Lin

Zhe-Yu Daniel Lin is a Ph. D. candidate at the University of Virginia. Making baby planets: dust settling of protoplanetary disks.

Deryl Long

Deryl Long

Deryl Long is a Ph. D. candidate at the University of Virginia. Build a world: predicting planet assembly and composition with ALMA and JWST.

Devin Longazel

Devin Longazel

Devin Longazel is a Masters candidate at Old Dominion University. Resorcinarene nano capsule library for metal extractions.

Adam Masters

Adam Masters

Adam Masters is a Ph. D. candidate at Old Dominion University. Improving ion traps for quantum computing applications.

Jennifer Mejia

Jennifer Mejia

Jennifer Mejia is a Ph. D. candidate at Old Dominion University. Investigating atomic interactions of organic solar cells using solid-state NMR.

Madeline Miles

Madeline Miles

Madeline Miles is a Ph. D. candidate at the University of Virginia. NOx emissions in West African cities inferred using TROPOMI NO2 observations.

William Miyahira

William Miyahira

William Miyahira is a Ph. D. candidate at William & Mary. Microwave atom chip for spin-specific atom interferometry.

Mary Cecilia Mulvaney

Mary Cecilia Mulvaney

Mary Cecilia Mulvaney is a Ph. D. candidate at the University of Virginia. Evaluating formability of aluminum alloys for flow formed aerospace structures.

Elizabeth Prior

Elizabeth Prior

Elizabeth Prior is a Ph. D. candidate at Virginia Tech. Investigating flood-vegetation interactions through remote sensing and modeling.

Alison Ritz

Alison Ritz

Alison Ritz is a Ph. D. candidate at Virginia Tech. Using NAIP imagery and point clouds to build biomass maps through remote sensing techniques.

Alison Schmedding

Alison Schmedding

Anna Schmedding is a Ph. D. candidate at William & Mary. Epidemic spread modeling for COVID-19 using mobility data.

Randal Shoemaker

Randal Shoemaker

Randall Shoemaker is a Ph. D. candidate at William & Mary. Surface computations with decoupled intrinsic geometry

Jordan Shroyer

Jordan Shroyer

Jordan Shroyer is a Ph. D. candidate at the University of Virginia. Probing cosmic inflation: testing novel high-sensitivity detectors for next-generation surveys.

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Ajith Siddarth

Siddarth Ajith is a Ph. D. candidate at the University of Virginia. Probing strong-field gravity with gravitational-wave observations through machine learning

Mark Siebert

Mark Siebert

Mark Siebert is a Ph. D. candidate at the University of Virginia. A rigorous molecular survey of stellar graveyards.

Virginia Smith

Virginia Smith

Virginia Smith is a Ph. D. candidate at Virginia Tech. High-altitude balloon mission optimization.

Zachary Steele

Zachary Steele

Zachary Steele is a Ph. D. candidate at Old Dominion University. Utilizing triple oxygen isotopes for assessing animal metabolism and water intake.

Connor Stephens

Connor Stephens

Connor Stephens is a Ph. D. candidate at the University of Virginia. Oxidation mechanisms of refractory transition metals and carbides at ultra-high temperatures in molecular vs. dissociated oxygen.

Elizabeth Urig

Elizabeth Urig

Elizabeth Urig is a Ph. D. candidate at the University of Virginia. Modeling Al-6061 microstructural evolution during integrally stiffened cylinder formation.

Rahim Zaman

Rahim Zaman

Rahim Zaman is a Ph. D. candidate at the University of Virginia. Design of ultra-high temperature ceramics for oxidation resistance.

Elizabeth Zengel

Elizabeth Zengel

Elizabeth Zengel is a Ph. D. candidate at Old Dominion University. Analyzing HEDMs with DFT and molecular dynamics to determine trigger bonds and sensitivities.

STEM Bridge 2022-2023
Daniel Adjei

Daniel Adjei

Daniel Adjei is a Bachelors candidate at Virginia Tech majoring in Engineering

Jordan Amarchih

Jordan Amarchih

Jordan Amarchih is a Bachelors candidate at Virginia Tech majoring in Engineering.

Jada Bonds

Jada Bonds

Jada Bonds is a Bachelors candidate at William &Mary majoring in Chemistry.

Loren Butts-Bails

Loren Butts-Bails

Loren Butts-Bails is a Bachelors candidate at Old Dominion University majoring in Mechanical Engineering.

Marjorie Cenese

Marjorie Cenese

Marjorie Cenese is a Bachelors candidate at Old Dominion University majoring in Electrical Engineering.

Emily Chang

Emily Chang

Emily Chang is a Bachelors candidate at the University of Virginia majoring in Computer Science.

Amar Dunham

Amar Dunham

Amar Dunham is a Bachelors candidate at William & Mary majoring in Data Science.

Eric Hernandez

Eric Hernandez

Eric Hernandez is a Bachelors candidate at Virginia Tech majoring in Data Science.

Mahmoud Idris

Mahmoud Idris

Mahmoud Idris is a Bachelors candidate at Virginia Tech majoring in Mechanical Engineering.

Kaleea Korunka

Kaleea Korunka

Kaleea Korunka is a Bachelors candidate at William & Mary majoring in Biology.

Janae Brooke Marcia

Janae Brooke Marcia

Janae Brooke Marcia is a Bachelors candidate at Old Dominion University majoring in Electrical Engineering.

Amaiya Mauney

Amaiya Mauney

Amaiya Mauney is a Bachelors candidate at William & Mary majoring in Biology.

Grace Milton

Grace Milton

Grace Milton is a Bachelors candidate at the University of Virginia majoring in Mechanical Engineering.

Halia Morris

Halia Morris

Halia Morris is a Bachelors candidate at Hampton University majoring in Marine and Environmental Science.

Abdulmujeeb Omotosho

Abdulmujeeb Omotosho

Abdulmujeeb Omotosho is a Bachelors candidate at Virginia Tech majoring in Computer Science.

Justin Orchard-Hays

Justin Orchard-Hays

Justin Orchard-Hays is a Bachelors Candidate at the University of Virginia majoring in Biochemistry.

Myles Perry

Myles Perry

Myles Perry is a Bachelors candidate at Old Dominion University majoring in Electrical Engineering.

Muhammad Rabiu

Muhammad Rabiu

Muhammad Rabiu is a Bachelors candidate at Old Dominion University majoring in Computer Engineering.

Jaron Scott

Jaron Scott

Jaron Scott is a Bachelors candidate at Hampton University majoring in Mathematics.

Paige-Symone Scott-Cooper

Paige-Symone Scott-Cooper

Paige-Symone Scott-Cooper is a Bachelors candidate at Hampton University majoring in Economics.

Emanda Seifu

Emanda Seifu

Emanda Seifu is a Bachelors candidate at Virginia Tech majoring in Computer Science.

Nebiyu Solomon

Nebiyu Solomon

Nebiyu Solomon is a Bachelors Candidate at the University of Virginia majoring in Biomedical Engineering.

Caleb Tyson

Caleb Tyson

Caleb Tyson is a Bachelors candidate at Hampton University majoring in Chemical Engineering.

Zachary Vaillancourt

Zachary Vaillancourt

Zachary Vaillancourt is a Bachelors candidate at Virginia Tech majoring in Aerospace Engineering.

Taylor Young

Taylor Young

Taylor Young is a Bachelors candidate at Hampton University majoring in Biochemistry.

Undergraduate 2022-2023
Isabella Dressel

Isabella Dressel

Isabella Dressel is Bachelors candidate at the University of Virginia. Satellite and aircraft observations of interactions between intra-urban nitrogen dioxide inequalities and ozone air quality in Houston, Texas.

Lauren Duma

Lauren Duma

Lauren Duma is a Bachelors candidate at Virginia Tech. Reducing the risk of skin lacerations from drone impacts.

Grayson Hoy

Grayson Hoy

Grayson Hoy is a Bachelors candidate at William & Mary. Blinking-Based Multiplexing: A New Approach to Multicolor Super-Resolved Imaging of Nanomaterials.

Evan Johnson

Evan Johnson

Evan Johnson is a Bachelors candidate at Old Dominion University. Locking Multiple Lasers to a Single Optical Cavity.

Aliya Kaplan

Aliya Kaplan

Aliya Kaplan is a Bachelors candidate at Virginia Tech. Infiltration of Porous Ultra-High Temperature Ceramics for Active Cooling.

Ubaid Kazianga

Ubaid Kazianga

Ubaid Kazianga is a Bachelors candidate at William & Mary. Designing an apparatus for Strain and Temperature tuning of materials during Infrared Microscopy measurements.

Alicia Mand

Alicia Mand

Alicia Mand is a Bachelors candidate at Old Dominion University. Electrons for Neutrinos in the One-Proton One-Pion Channel.

Danielle Miller

Danielle Miller

Danielle Miller is a Bachelors candidate at Virginia Tech. Synthetic trees for underground water extraction and purification.

Christian Mueth

Christian Mueth

Christian Mueth is a Bachelors candidate at Virginia Tech. Lower body exoskeleton design and control.

Ruby Neisser

Ruby Neisser

Ruby Neisser is a Bachelors candidate at William & Mary. Investigations into the structure photochemistry of 2-pyrrolecarboxaldehyde.

James Owens

James Owens

James Owens is a Bachelors candidate at Old Dominion University. Objective measure of working memory capacity using eye-tracking.

Kayla Pineda

Kayla Pineda

Kayla Pineda is a Bachelors candidate at Old Dominion University. Gaze-guided drone proximity navigation framework.

Medha Prakash

Medha Prakash

Medha Prakash is a Bachelors candidate at the University of Virginia. Morphology and process-based implications of martian ridges and terrestrial eskers.

Bjorn Shockey

Bjorn Shockey

Bjorn Shockey is a Bachelors candidate at William & Mary. The impact of human presence and human activities on the total mass and chemical composition of the very thin lunar atmosphere.

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Anthony Spinetta

Anthony Spinetta is a Bachelors candidate at Virginia Tech. He is researching Computational Modeling and Investigation of Strain and Damage Sensing in Mock Energetic Materials.

Sophia Yi

Sophia Yi

Sophia Yi is a Bachelors candidate at the University of Virginia. Determining the measurability of white dwarf temperatures using gravitational wave measurements from LISA.

Community College 2022-2023
Hannah Bogert

Hannah Bogert

Hannah Bogert is an Associates candidate at John Tyler Community College majoring in Engineering.

Brianna Burchell

Brianna Burchell

Briana Burchell is an Associates candidate at Germanna Community College majoring in Electrical Engineering.

Sarah Diaz

Sarah Diaz

Sarah Diaz is an Associates candidate at Tidewater Community College majoring in Science.

Alexander Gemond

Alexander Gemond

Alexander Gemond is an Associates candidate at Northern Virginia Community College majoring in Engineering.

Tyler Zodun

Tyler Zodun

Tyler Zodun is an Associates candidate at Eastern Shorn Community College majoring in Electronics Engineering.