SGAC is pleased to announce the winners of the NASA SCaN Scholarship to attend the SGFF2023  in Colorado Springs, USA on 14-17th April 2023!

Congratulations Dedelolia and Laura!

Dedelolia Olungwe

Dedelolia Olungwe is pursuing a master’s in Data Analytics Engineering from George Mason University. She also has a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering, with minors in mathematics and chemistry, from Virginia Commonwealth University. At NASA, the internship projects she has been involved in all seek solutions to the challenges of Earth and human space exploration by using a wide range of tools, such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, research and analysis. In addition, she has gotten the opportunity to incorporate her medical interests into her projects. Dedelolia is passionate about finding practical solutions that improve human health both in space and on Earth. She strives to work on challenges that address issues in personalized medicine and global health. After completing her master’s degree, Dedelolia plans to pursue a Ph.D. in Medical Engineering and Medical Physics.

” I am sincerely honored to have been selected as the recipient of the 2023 NASA SCaN Scholarship to attend the Space Generation Fusion Forum. This is an incredible opportunity to foster collaboration and communication to create meaningful impact. I am excited about this period of learning and growth.”

 Laura Ratliff

Laura Ratliff is a second-year master’s student at the Space Policy Institute at George Washington University. As an intern at NASA, she is studying governance aspects of the Mars Sample Return samples and their initial receiving facility. In previous internships she supported Mars exploration and lunar navigation efforts. During her time in the Johnson Biosignatures Lab at Georgetown University, she contributed to two astrobiology projects exploring the extremes of habitability on Earth, with implications for other planets. Laura remains engaged with the astrobiology community and hopes to serve as a facilitator for space science, translating between scientists and policymakers. To better understand the latter, she has interned with the Office of the Science and Technology Advisor at the State Department and the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology. Laura graduated from Georgetown University in 2021 with a B.S. in Biology and a minor in Science, Technology, and International Affairs.

” I am so excited to be attending Space Generation Fusion Forum this spring! Thank you to NASA SCaN and SGAC for giving me this opportunity.”