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2019 Astronaut Scholars

The Astronaut Scholarship Foundation (ASF) is proud to welcome the 2019 Astronaut Scholar Class. This year ASF has awarded 52 scholarships to students from 38 different universities across the nation. Astronaut Scholarships are awarded to students in their junior and senior year of college studying science, technology, engineering, or mathematics with the intent to pursue research or advance their field upon completion of their final degree. Astronaut Scholars are among the best and brightest minds in STEM who show initiative, creativity, and excellence in their chosen field.


  Gabriel Adriano
     Colorado School of Mines
     Chemical and Biological Engineering

  Anna Argento
     University of Michigan
     Biophysics

  Vinay Ayyappan
     Johns Hopkins University
     Biomedical Engineering

  Jessika Baral
     Washington University at St Louis
     Bioinformatics & Computational Biology

  Zoe Barbeau
     University of Central Florida
     Mechanical Engineering

  Mary Beard
     Mississippi State University
     Biological Engineering

  Camella Carlson
     Texas A & M University
     Biomedical Engineering

  Shriram Chennakesavalu
     University of Chicago
     Biological Chemistry

  Michelle Chong
     University of Chicago
     Physics

  Christopher Clifford
     University of Central Florida
     Electrical Engineering/Bioengineering

  Ellen Considine
     University of Colorado - Boulder
     Applied Mathematics

  Matthew DeJong
     University of Minnesota
     Chemical Engineering

  Bhavish Dinakar
     University of California at Berkeley
     Chemical Engineering

  Charles Dove
     Clemson University
     Electrical Engineering

  Sarah Dunn
     Louisiana State University
     Industrial Engineering

  Zane Durante
     University of Southern California
     Computer Science & Applied Mathematics

  Jacob Easley
     Mississippi State University
     Mechanical Engineering

  Claire Evensen
     University of Wisconsin
     Biochemistry and Applied Mathematics

  Steven Fried
     University of Arizona Chemistry
     Biochemistry & Mathematics

  Shannon Gatta
     University of Washington
     Informatics

  Oscar Gonzalez
     Texas A & M University
     Chemistry

  Nathan Hadland
     Florida Institute of Technology
     Astrobiology

  Sofia Helpert
     University of Texas at Austin
     Physics, Chemical Engineering

  Angela Jones
     University of Kentucky
     Biology/Chemistry

  Natalie Kadlubowski
     Purdue University
     Chemical Engineering & Chemistry

  Katelyn Kirchner
     Pennsylvania State University
     Material Sciences and Engineering

  Daniel Krajovic
     University of Rochester
     Chemical Engineering

  Gabrielle Langlois
     Louisiana State University
     Environmental Engineering

  Kathy Le
     Johns Hopkins University
     Biophysics

  Amanda Merkley
     Colorado State University
     Computer Engineering, Mathematics

  Bethany Murphy
     Syracuse University
     Environmental Engineering

  Tyler Nguyen
     University of Kansas
     Chemistry

  Noah Nodolski
     Florida Institute of Technology
     Aerospace Engineering/Mathematical Sciences

  Rachel Ollier
     Miami University (Ohio)
     Chemical Engineering

  James Owens
     Virginia Polytechnic University
     Chemical Engineering

  Anne Pajerski
     North Carolina State University
     Plant Biology

  Thomas Porter
     Ohio State University
     Chemical Engineering

  Rosamiel Ries
     Miami University (Ohio)
     Geology, Physics

  Alyssa Roberts
     North Dakota State University
     Chemistry and Biochemistry

  Jonathan Rodriguez
     Tufts University
     Mathematics/Computer Science

  Anna Romanov
     Georgia Institute of Technology
     Biomedical Engineering

  Emily Shimizu
     Harvey Mudd College
     Joint Chemistry-Biology

  Eleanor Stewart-Jones
     University of Kansas
     Chemistry

  Emily Thomas
     University of Oklahoma
     Biomedical Engineering

  Brianne Treffner
     Colorado School of Mines
     Engineering Physics

  Brady Unzicker
     Auburn University
     Physics

  Macy Vollbrecht
     University of Minnesota
     Genetics and Cell Biology

  Mitchell Wall
     University of Wisconsin
     Engineering Mechanics

  Laurel White
     Syracuse University
     Physics

  Vilhelm (Billy) Woltz
     Massachusetts Institute of Technology
     Physics

  Julia Woodall
     Georgia Institute of Technology
     Biomedical Engineering

  Jonathan Zheng
     University of Virginia
     Chemical Engineering



2019 Innovators Gala

The 2019 Astronaut Scholar Class will be welcomed and celebrated at the 2019 Innovators Gala Featuring the Neil Armstrong™ Award of Excellence on August 24, 2019. Held in Washington, DC, this event brings together some of the best and brightest minds in STEM; corporations who are making an impact within the STEM industry; and some of America’s pioneering astronauts.

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