Audrey Safir ’20 Receives Summer Internship Scholarship for Space Research

Fourth Former Audrey Safir received a Student Enhancement in Earth and Space Science (SEES) summer internship, to be held at The University of Texas at Austin’s Center for Space Research (UT/CSR). Students will have the rare opportunity to spend two weeks working with professional scientists and engineers at the cutting edge of space exploration. This nationally competitive program, sponsored by NASA’s Texas Space Grant Consortium, selects students who will increase their knowledge of science, technology, engineering, and math through earth and space education.
“I am beyond excited to attend the SEES program,” said Safir. “When I found out I was accepted, I couldn't stop smiling all day. It felt like getting a Golden Ticket.”
Students work remotely with their project scientist prior to the on-site internship, then gather July 13-27 at UT/CSR to conduct experiments, tour facilities, network with other students, and conduct research while being mentored by NASA scientists and engineers. During the two weeks the students work at UT/CSR, they will conduct hands-on activities, field investigations, attend presentations by NASA scientists and engineers, and work on various NASA missions.
Safir will collaborate with scientists and engineers to conduct authentic research from data received from NASA’s earth observing satellites as well as designing Mars habitats, Lunar Exploration, and analysis of images from the International Space Station.
Safir said she applied for the SEES program because her love for STEM, specifically rocketry. “That [interest] was started at this school and has inspired me to apply to be an engineer in college. The SEES program is an immersive research based experience that will help inform if this is a path I truly want to pursue.”
SEES is a collaborative effort of Texas Space Grant Consortium members and affiliates, NASA, and The University of Texas at Austin. Students apply for SEES and are selected competitively. The internships are organized around an aerospace or space science theme drawn from NASA’s diverse engineering and scientific research programs
The purpose of NASA's Earth science program is to develop a scientific understanding of Earth's system and its response to natural or human-induced changes, and to improve prediction of climate, weather, and natural hazards.
SEES is funded through NASA’s Cooperative Agreement Notice NNH15ZDA004C.
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