North Manchester, IN
- B.S. Chemistry, May 2014
NASA Academy Research Project
Catalyst Processing and Analysis for Green Fuel Production (Subsonic Fixed Wing Project)
Dr. Aloysius Hepp and Dr. Ana De La Ree
Hometown: Kimmell, IN
I will be graduating from Manchester University, formally Manchester College, in May 2014 with a Bachelors of Science in Chemistry. Being a part of the NASA Aeronautics Academy is my first internship. This opportunity would allow me to discover my place in the vast field of the sciences. I would gain knowledge that would help me in my future endeavors. I would also be able to learn essential research skills that could only be learned on the job. The opportunity to work with experts in the field is a chance that no one should ever pass up.
This internship would open new doors for me as I continue my education and grow into the scientist I want to be. Having an internship at NASA means so much to a person who grew up with big dreams and hoping that one day they could come true. As a curious child, I had many unanswered questions that I wanted to resolve. Working at NASA was a fleeting dream for a small town farm girl, but now I have begun a journey towards satisfying those unanswered questions. I have been interested in chemistry ever since I learned about chemicals being placed into fields to initiate a biological process. I became intrigued to learn what other chemicals can do.
This program will also help me decide if I might enjoy a career in research. I have always been intrigued with the opportunity to discover innovative ideas. Technology and knowledge in the sciences is constantly moving forward, and to be a part of those advancements at the NASA Glenn Research Center is a chance of a lifetime. I have the chance to work on a project that could have a positive impact on the lives of various people and the environment. I am looking forward to working with a team that has the same enthusiasm that I have for making the world a better place.