Astronaut Scholarship Foundation

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Scholar Spotlight: Astronaut Scholar Nadia Abuelezam

Dr. Nadia Abuelezam and a team of fellow researchers from Harvard have recently published a new peer-reviewed study in the American Journal of Epidemiology. The work examines if the heterosexual HIV epidemic can be eliminated in South Africa using “combination prevention”. Using  data such as the “simulated incidence of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection in South Africa from 1990 to 2063 in all combination intervention scenarios, starting in 2013,” Nadia and other researchers created a statistical model which posits that it would be highly unlikely to eliminate HIV in South Africa over the next 50 years using the current course of …

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Scholar Spotlight: Astronaut Scholar Cameron McMillan


Cameron McMillan, a fourth-year aerospace engineering student, was chosen to receive this year’s Astronaut Scholarship for Georgia Tech. Announcement of the prestigious award came from Georgia Tech alumna and three-mission astronaut Jan Davis. Ultimately, McMillan hopes to enter the private sector as a researcher — after earning a master’s degree in advanced vehicle design and optimization. Right now, however, he is immersed in three different research projects. Cameron is a member of the NASA Model-Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) project in the ASDL. He is researching an engine certification protocol for a commercial carrier that is increasingly partnering with NASA. McMillan is …

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Excellence isn’t the bar, rather it is the standard amongst a select group of 40 undergraduate students who are soon to be Astronaut Scholars, a merit scholarship awarded by the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation (ASF). Perhaps most interesting beyond the amount awarded annually to deserving students, up to $10,000 per recipient, is the support that ASF builds into the scholarship program; namely through the mentor and workforce development programs, and inclusion as well as active participation into exclusive events. During the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame Induction Weekend scholars take part in a scholar technical conference, presenting current projects and areas …

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Former Astronauts Appointed To Board of Directors


Former Astronauts Al Worden and Chris Ferguson Appointed to the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation (ASF) Board of Directors The Astronaut Scholarship Foundation is pleased to announce the appointment of former astronauts Al Worden and Chris Ferguson to its board of directors. This will be Ferguson’s first appointment to the board, while Worden, a past chairman for the organization, is returning after a brief time away. “Both gentlemen have a strong involvement with ASF and have a true commitment and enthusiasm for this mission. In addition to his corporate experiences, Al served on the board with many of the original Mercury 7 …

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Chicago Area Meet & Greet hosted by Pat & Sharon Devereaux


ASF would like to personally thank Pat and Sharon Devereaux for hosting and organizing a Meet & Greet reception to introduce the foundation to the Chicago area.  A special thanks is in order for Chuck Gitles of American Chartered Bank for sponsoring the event and O’Hare Offices for the beautiful event venue. The evening featured an inspiring presentation by Captain James Lovell as he recounted his time aboard Apollo 13 and emphasized the importance of STEM.  Guests were introduced to 2015 University of Chicago Astronaut Scholarship recipient Olivia Stovicek, who shared the impact of her scholarship and the ASF network of support. The …

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Heroes & Legends and U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame® to Open at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex November 11, 2016


Media News Release from Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex With all the drama of an actual trip to space, guests of Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida will be greeted with a dramatic sense of arrival when the new Heroes & Legends featuring the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame® opens on November 11, 2016. Positioned just inside the entrance, the attraction will set the stage for a richer park experience by providing the emotional background and context for space exploration and the legendary men and women who pioneered our journey into space. Through engaging storytelling, guests will embark on …

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Apollo 15 Astronaut Al Worden Will Attend Farnborough in 2016


Media News Release from Kallman Worldwide — Chris Meyer After more than half a century since graduating from Empire Test Pilot School in the U.K., the Apollo 15 Command Module Pilot will return to Farnborough this summer, in partnership with Kallman Worldwide, to promote science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education — July 11-17 at the Farnborough International Airshow. Worden’s visit in part will be as a designated representative of the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation (ASF), a not-for-profit organization founded by the Mercury 7 astronauts. ASF advocates for STEM by promoting the fields of study and providing support for America’s most …

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Astronaut Scholar Karen Feigh (1999, 2000) Awarded Grant


Astronaut Scholar Karen Feigh (1999, 2000) is a professor in the Aerospace Engineering Department at Georgia Tech. She has received a grant from NASA and the National Space Biomedical Research Institute to help answer questions about astronaut health and performance during future long duration missions beyond low Earth orbit. Two CoE Faculty Members Awarded Grants to Support Astronaut Health on Long Duration Space Exploration Missions   NASA’s Human Research Program and the National Space Biomedical Research Institute (NSBRI) will fund 27 proposals to help answer questions about astronaut health and performance during future long duration missions beyond low Earth orbit. …

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ASF Scholar – Emily Thompson – Smashing Success


CLEMSON — Emily Thompson’s sensible flats are firmly planted on terra firma. She’ll graduate in May as one of Clemson’s most-decorated physics undergraduates ever, racking up honors from a Goldwater Fellowship to an Astronaut Scholarship and “every award available to her at Clemson,” according to Mark Leising, the interim dean of the new College of Science. But look closer and you’ll see that Emily’s sensibilities are, at times, unconventional. Her personal map is marked by zags where most people would have zigged. She has continually walked out of her relative comfort zone — geographically, socially, academically — and she’s about …

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ASF Scholar Benjamin Cromey Selected to Receive the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship


Congratulations to 2014 Astronaut Scholar, Benjamin Cromey, for being awarded a recipient of the National Science Federation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program.  Cromey is one of 2,000 award recipients from a pool of 17,000 applications. This award will cover the next three years of graduate study for Benjamin. Learn more about the announcement from NSF.

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ASF Board of Trustees Member McGlynn in the News

IN THE NEWS: Larry McGlynn, trustee and long-time friend and supporter of ASF, was featured in a terrific article about collecting space artifacts. Read it now on the Boston Globe! You can add to your collection by bidding in ASF’s upcoming online auction that starts September 19.

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ASF to Host Bi-Annual Online Auction of Space Memorabilia

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. – From unique collectibles and signed memorabilia to one-of-a-kind flown artifacts, the public will have its chance to bid on some of the hottest space keepsakes when the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation (ASF) hosts its fall 2015 online auction beginning Sept. 19. Money raised from the auction will play a key role in funding college scholarships for outstanding science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) students across the United States. “The Astronaut Scholarship Foundation is very fortunate to have such strong relationships with so many astronauts who are willing to donate their personal space memorabilia in support of our mission,” …

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ASF Board of Trustees Chairman Laura Shepard Churchley Hosts Meet & Greet

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Many thanks to Fred and Laura (Shepard) Churchley for hosting an ASF Meet & Greet inside their beautiful home just outside of Denver, Colorado. The evening – filled with incredible vistas, terrific food, and great conversation – resulted in many new friends and supporters of the mission. Among those featured were astronauts Jeff Ashby, Bruce McCandless, Gary Payton, Dick Truly and Steve Lindsey, Astronaut Scholars Emily Boster, Bill Kalinowski, and Craig Schwartz and ASF Trustees Ann Brown, Patty Carpenter and Dirk Raemdonck. Check out photos of the event on Flickr! As part of the ongoing effort to raise awareness of …

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Astronaut Scholar Jillian Yuricich Enters ‪#‎StudentAstronaut‬ Contest

Please take a moment to watch Astronaut Scholar Jillian Yuricich’s video submission to the ‪#‎StudentAstronaut‬ contest. If Jillian wins, she will get to participate in mock astronaut training and be on the show Xploration Station! Click this link to watch, like, and share Jillian’s video on Facebook. Good luck, Jillian!

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Astronaut Scholar Christina Hammock Completes Training

Congratulations to Astronaut Scholar Christina Hammock who has completed two years of intensive training and now moves from being an astronaut candidate into the astronaut corps! She was chosen as an astronaut candidate by NASA in 2013 from 6,300 applications, the second largest group of applications ever received by NASA. Read NASA’s latest news release!

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