15 September 2017

SGAC is proud to announce the two NASA Satellite Communications and Navigations (SCaN) scholarship recipients.  The scholarship package includes round-trip flights to Adelaide, meals, hotel accommodation, and 16th Space Generation Congress (SGC) 2017 registration.

For pictures, bios, and quotes of the winners please see below.

SGAC would like to thank NASA SCaN for their generous support of SGAC and these scholarships.

Matthew Lyn (USA)


Matthew Lyn was born in Kingston Jamaica, and he's beginning his third year of college at New York University in the United States. He's majoring in Marketing and minoring in Public Policy. He interned at NASA Goddard Spaceflight Center this past summer and his project was an analysis of the internship program at Goddard. He spent the summer developing a strategic plan for an analytical approach to public outreach. He proposed that intern-researchers should become a medium through which NASA communicates with the public.

He was a competitive swimmer for both the Jamaican CARIFTA team as well as the varsity team at NYU. He swam the 1,500 meter and the 5k open water as my primary events. He’ll be interning with Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of the US Senate in the Fall.

“I’m extremely excited by the opportunity to learn more about the international space exploration community. Working at NASA was an incredible experience and I deeply appreciate the opportunity to refine that understanding in context with the priorities and objectives of other space agencies.”

 

Christian Gilbertson (USA)


Christian Gilbertson is a first-year graduate student at the Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics at the Pennsylvania State University. He grew up just South of Washington, DC in Arlington, VA. He completed his undergraduate degrees in Physics and Engineering Science and Mechanics at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in the Spring of 2017. Christian has worked on several different astronomy research areas from dark matter annihilation in the galactic center to broad absorption line variability in quasars. He has also done gamma ray burst correlation research at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory (a United States Department of Energy national laboratory) and mission planning and evaluation software development at the NASA Glenn Research Center. In his spare time, Christian enjoys playing ultimate frisbee, singing, exploring novel places, meeting new people, and attempting to stop watching internet videos long enough to read. His life goal is to become an astronaut and find out what it is like to have the best stories at the high school reunion.
 
“I am incredibly honored to have been selected to receive the Space Generation Congress Grant. I am excited to meet and learn from young space professionals from all around the world!”
 

 


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