2022 Summer MSGC Graduate Fellowship Winners Announced

The University of Maine’s Center for Undergraduate Research (CUGR) and the Maine Space Grant Consortium (MSGC) have announced the 2022 Summer MSGC Graduate Research Fellowship Award recipients.

The purpose of the MSGC fellowship and scholarship programs at UMaine is to provide research opportunities to undergraduate and graduate students in aerospace technology, space science, Earth science, human exploration/space development, and other science- or engineering-related fields.

The focus of proposed graduate projects must be aligned with the research priorities of NASA’s Earth and space science strategic enterprises. Selected projects will be awarded $6,000 each.

This year’s recipients are:

  • Hanna Brooks, Earth and Climate Sciences, “Determining Pb Emission Trends from 1000 BP to 2019 CE Recorded in the North Pacific,” advised by Karl Kreutz.
  • Peter Manzella, Physics, “Rotational Effects on Supernovae,” advised by David Batuski.
  • Michelle Stage, Psychology, “Going Where No Person Has Gone Before: Supporting Diverse Identities and Perspectives in Aspiring NASA Students,” advised by Mollie Ruben.
  • Emma Erwin, Earth and Climate Sciences, “Constraining the Effects of Ice Deformation on the Mt. Hunter Ice Core Record,” advised by Seth Campbell.
  • Jonathan Maurer, Earth and Climate Sciences, “Old Glaciers and New Methods: Applications of Deep Learning to spatially quantify firn thickness,” advised by Seth Campbell.
  • Mikaila Mannello, Climate Change Institute, “Characterizing the Near-surface Properties of and Improving Snow Water Equivalent Estimates on the Bering Glacier System, Alaska and Canada,” advised by Seth Campbell.
  • Luke McKinney, Intermedia, “Deep Mapping Wrangell-St. Elias National Park,” advised by Susan Smith.
  • Thomas Cox, Mechanical Engineering, “Investigation into Sintered Lunar Brick Production Methods and Improved Brick Usability,” advised by Justin Lapp.
  • Scott Braddock, Earth and Climate Sciences, “Quantifying the Spatial Distribution of Firn and Snow Properties Along an Elevational Transect of the Kahiltna Glacier, Alaska,” advised by Seth Campbell.
  • Maxwell Prybylo, Computer Science, “PriCon: A Privacy Conscious System,” advised by Sepideh Ghanavati.