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2018 Astronaut Scholar Class

The Astronaut Scholarship Foundation (ASF) is proud to welcome the 2018 Astronaut Scholar Class. This year ASF has awarded 50 scholarships to students from 36 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.


  Ziad Ali
     North Carolina State University
     Electrical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering

  Vilhelm Andersen Woltz
     Massachusetts Institute of Technology
     Physics

  Vinay Ayyappan
     Johns Hopkins University
     Biomedical Engineering

  Taylor Baum
     Pennsylvania State University
     Electrical Engineering, Biology
     (Neuroscience Option)

  Aliza Beverage
     University of Minnesota
     Astrophysics

  Emily Boyd
     University of Kansas
     Chemistry

  Connor Bray
     Colorado School of Mines
     Engineering Physics

  Nina Brown
     Harvey Mudd College
     Physics

  Shriram Chennakesavalu
     University of Chicago
     Computer Science, Biological Chemistry

  Collin Dabbieri
     University of Oklahoma
     Astrophysics

  Reilly Duffy
     Syracuse University
     Environmental Engineering

  Chrishan Fernando
     Purdue University
     Biochemistry

  Ben Fixman
     Colorado State University
     Cellular & Molecular Neuroscience

  Audrey Goldfarb
     University of Rochester
     Biology

  Sophia Guldberg
     Georgia Institute of Technology
     Biochemistry

  Nathan Hadland
     Florida Institute of Technology
     Astrobiology

  Ashley Hayden
     Texas A&M University
     Biology

  Ashley Holt
     Texas A&M University
     Biomedical Engineering

  Emily Kamienski
     Georgia Institute of Technology
     Mechanical Engineering

  Conlain Kelly
     University of Wisconsin – Madison
     Applied Math, Engineering, Physics,
     Computer Science

  Tali Khain
     University of Michigan – Ann Arbor
     Physics, Mathematics

  Arianna Krinos
     Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
     Computer Science, Computational Modeling &
     Data Analytics, Biological Sciences

  Robert Krueger
     Miami University (Ohio)
     Mathematics, Physics

  Minh Chau Le
     University of Central Florida
     Mechanical Engineering

  Joseph Loomis
     University of Kansas
     Chemistry

  Phong Ly
     Mississippi State University
     Civil, Environmental Engineering

  Latifah Maasarani
     University of Central Florida
     Photonic Science, Engineering

  Melissa Mai
     Johns Hopkins University
     Biophysics, Mathematics

  Madison Maloney
     North Carolina State University
     Aerospace Engineering

  Brianna Marsh
     University of Kansas
     Behavioral Neuroscience

  Adam Miller
     Clemson University
     Physics, Computer Science

  Adriana Mitchell
     University of Arizona
     Optical Sciences, Planetary Sciences

  Riley Mullins
     Ohio State University
     Pharmaceutical Sciences

  Anthony Nagygyor
     Colorado School of Mines
     Chemical Engineering

  Noah Nodolski
     Florida Institute of Technology
     Aerospace Engineering

  Logan Pearce
     University of Texas at Austin
     Astronomy, Physics

  Robert Petras
     Louisiana State University
     Petroleum Engineering

  Esther Putman
     University of Kentucky
     Biology, Neuroscience

  James Ragan
     University of Washington
     Aeronautics & Astronautics Engineering,
     Astronomy, Physics

  Nathan Rayens
     Miami University (Ohio)
     Mechanical Engineering, Manufacturing
     Engineering

  Caleigh Roleck
     Purdue University
     Biochemistry

  Nivedina Sarma
     University of Chicago
     Chemistry

  Brian Seymour
     University of Virginia
     Physics, Mathematics

  Emma Simmerman
     University of Colorado Boulder
     Physics, Chemistry

  Nina Singh
     University of Southern California
     Biomedical Engineering

  Lauren Varanese
     Tufts University
     Biochemistry

  Eric Wietstruk
     Auburn University
     Aerospace Engineering

  Alicia Wilkening
     Washington University in St. Louis
     Biology

  Julia Woodall
     Georgia Institute of Technology
     Biomedical Engineering

  Elizabeth Zudock
     University of Minnesota
     Chemical Engineering



2018 Innovators Gala

The 2018 Astronaut Scholar Class will be welcomed and celebrated at the 2018 Innovators Gala Featuring the Neil Armstrong™ Award of Excellence on August 25, 2018. 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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