Washington NASA Space Grant Consortium

WSGC Reception and Poster Session

2012 group photo

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The 2012 Washington NASA Space Grant Reception and Poster Session, held in the lobby of Meany Hall at University of Washington on September 28, highlighted research being conducted by undergraduates and graduate students from different institutions participating in a variety of Space Grant programs.

This year U.S. Congressman Jim McDermott presented the UW scholarship awards. In his remarks, the Congressman (a medical doctor and psychiatrist as well as lawmaker) congratulated the students on their accomplishments and spoke of the rapid change they will see as they pursue their careers in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math.

Posters were presented by participants in the Space Grant Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP); student interns from NASA research centers around the country; and private industry interns working at Aerojet-Redmond Operations and Woodruff Scientific Inc.

This year's participants also included the student rocket team from Northwest Indian College, winner of the First Nations Rocket Launch competition for the second year in a row. The University of Washington SAMPE team presented on their second place win in the national bridge contest conducted by the Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering. Other schools that either sent attendees or submitted posters were Central Washington University, Whitworth University, North Seattle Community College and Seattle Central Community College.

The event drew approximately 125 students, faculty and parents. Representatives of Aerojet, Eagle Harbor Technologies, the Museum of Flight and the Washington Aerospace Scholars program were among the attendees.

The welcome was given by Werner Stuetzle, divisional dean of the UW College of Arts & Sciences. Incoming freshman Marissa Karpack presented on her experiences in the WSGC Summer Undergraduate Research Program Tyler Bickley, a sophomore participant in the WSGC Summer Undergraduate Research Program, presented on his research into the effects of lunar magnetic anomolies on the moon's surface.

The annual fall reception recognizes the Space Grant donors who make these awards possible. In addition to their support from Space Grant, these scholars have received support Louise and Irving R. Donnergaard Endowment, the Sigurd Olsen Endowment, the Lt. Col. Michael P. Anderson Memorial Diversity Scholarship, the Dovie Samuelson Endowed Scholarship, and the Mary Gates Endowment for Students.