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Fellowships  and  Traineeships

Overview

    The Hawai‘i Space Grant Consortium expands educational opportunities for University of Hawai‘i System undergraduates by awarding fellowships and traineeships in fields that are relevant to NASA's goals. Two levels of support, fellowship or traineeship, are offered depending on the skill, knowledge level, and time commitment of the student. Inquires to our office may also be made for information about the Master's Apprenticeship program for graduate students at the University of Hawai‘i. We support the national Space Grant agenda to help prepare the future generation of space scientists and engineers, and to increase the understanding and development of space. U.S. citizenship is required for consideration.
    Fields relevant to NASA's goals are mainly those in science, technology, and education that are focused on understanding the Earth from space, exploring the Solar System and the universe beyond, understanding the origin and evolution of life, understanding how life responds to space, creating a more secure, efficient, and environmentally friendly air transportation system, inspiring students to pursue careers in science, technology, and mathematics, and engaging the public in shaping and sharing the experience of space exploration and discovery.
    Fellows and trainees work under the guidance of mentors who are normally faculty members. Women, under-represented minorities (specifically Hawaiians, other Pacific Islanders, Native Americans, African Americans, and Hispanics), and physically challenged students who have interest in space-related fields are particularly encouraged to apply.

Undergraduate APPLICATION DEADLINES are: June 15 for fall semester projects and December 1 for spring semester projects.

We have arranged the information on this page for:
      Prospective Applicants
      Current Fellows and Trainees
      Former Fellows and Trainees
      Mentors
      Fellows/Trainees Final Reports


For Prospective Applicants

Background
Fellowships
All full-time undergraduates enrolled at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, University of Hawai‘i at Hilo, one of the University of Hawai‘i Community Colleges, University of Hawai‘i Maui College, and University of Guam who have declared a major are eligible to apply for Fellowships. Applicants must be U.S. citizens and must be sponsored by a mentor who is willing to guide the student for the duration of the award. Most mentors are faculty at the University but senior researchers or other qualified personnel at UH or elsewhere are eligible. Fellows are expected to work between six and 15 hours a week during the semester depending on their project. Financial support includes a stipend between $2000 and $4000 per semester (amount subject to change under the discretion of the Associate Director based on the proposed project). Fellows may be eligible for up to $500 additional funds for supplies and/or travel pertinent to their projects.

Traineeships
All full-time undergraduates enrolled at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, University of Hawai‘i at Hilo, one of the University of Hawai‘i Community Colleges, University of Hawai‘i Maui College, and University of Guam are eligible to apply for Traineeships. Applicants must be U.S. citizens and must be sponsored by a mentor who is willing to guide the student for the duration of the award. Trainees enrolled at the Mānoa or Hilo campuses are expected to work at least 5 to 10 hours a week depending on their project, and receive a stipend of $1500 for a semester. Trainees enrolled at one of the University of Hawai‘i Community Colleges or University of Hawai‘i Maui College receive a stipend between $1200 and $1500 for working at least 5 hours per week during the semester. Traineeships are awarded for one semester but may be renewed for a second.

NASA funding of fellows and trainees requires U.S. citizenship. Applicants must complete a formal application, submit transcripts and a letter of support from the prospective mentor.

Undergraduate application deadlines are: June 15 for fall semester and December 1 for spring semester.

Applications
Use the application for your campus. These pdf forms are fillable on your computer. Additional signatures are required prior to submission.

Fellowships
Mānoa and Hilo: Application for Undergraduate Fellowship.

Community Colleges and Maui College: Application for Undergraduate Fellowship.

University of Guam: Application for Undergraduate Fellowship.

University of Hawai‘i WH-1 Statement of Citizenship and Federal Tax Status.


Traineeships
Mānoa and Hilo: Application for Undergraduate Traineeship.

Community Colleges and Maui College: Application for Undergraduate Traineeship.

University of Guam: Application for Undergraduate Traineeship.

University of Hawai‘i WH-1 Statement of Citizenship and Federal Tax Status.

Applications are also available from Space Grant offices at Mānoa (POST building room 501) or Hilo campuses, Community College campuses, and Maui College. You may call the Mānoa office for more information at (808) 956-3138 or email hsgc@spacegrant.hawaii.edu.

Additional Information
Current NASA Strategic Plan (68-page .pdf document released in 2014.)

Listing of mentors at U.H. Mānoa seeking Fellows or Trainees.

Listing of NASA and space-related resources

Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program at the University of Hawai‘i


Current Fellows and Trainees

The Fall 2017 Fellowship & Traineeship Symposium
The symposium is scheduled for Saturday, November 18 at Kapiolani Community College.

Forms


 

Fall 2017 Undergraduate Fellowships

University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa:

Kleyner Jeffrey Kleyner, a senior in Physics and Astrophysics, is working with mentor Dr. Geoffrey Mathews of the Department of Physics and Astronomy on a project modeling star ages in young stellar associations. Utilizing data from ESA's Gaia satellite and new coding solutions, Jeffrey's project, "Ages of Stars in Upper Scorpius Through Kinematic Motion," supports NASA's efforts to better understand the evolution of stars and their protoplanetary disks.
  
Langdalen Zachary Langdalen, a junior in Geology and Geophysics, is working on "Dispersal of Volcanic Ash on Mars: Ash Particle Shape Analysis" with mentor Dr. Sarah Fagents of the Hawai‘i Institute of Geophysics and Planetology. Using terrestrial ash as Martian analogues, Zachary's detailed 3D microscopy of the ash dimensions and shapes will be used in models of particle sedimentation in the Martian atmosphere.
  
Morrison-Fogel Dylan Morrison-Fogel, a senior in Mechanical Engineering, is working on the "Optimization of Orbital Transfer Trajectories and Low Thrust Maneuvers," applicable to small satellites. With mentor Dr. Dilmurat Azimov of the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Dylan will generate numerical solutions and run simulations in an effort to validate the maneuvers, such as orbital transfers and rendezvous and docking, that achieve the most efficient results.
  
Nguyen Christopher Nguyen, a senior in Information and Computer Sciences, is working with mentor Dr. Norbert Schörghofer of the Planetary Science Institute on big data in "Processing of Lunar Temperature Data using Cloud Computing." Utilizing lunar temperature data from the Diviner instrument on NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, Christopher aims to calculate the time-average of a temperature-dependent quantity to find potential sublimation rates in support of NASA's efforts to more accurately map the cold traps of ice on the Moon.
  
Torodoro Lean Teodoro, a junior in Geology and Geophysics, is working with mentor Dr. Hope Ishii of the Hawai‘i Institute of Geophysics and Planetology on a laboratory project with interplanetary dust particles. Lean is using multiple, high-resolution microscopy methods to identify the particles and compile compositional data in her project, "Assessment of New Extraterrestrial Particle Collections at Mauna Loa Observatory." This work supports NASA's efforts to better understand comets, asteroids, and primitive materials of our Solar System.
  
Tremblay Jason Tremblay, a senior in Geology and Geophysics, is investigating the "Topographic Influences on Emplacement Dynamics of Lava Flows on Mars" with mentor Dr. Sarah Fagents of the Hawai‘i Institute of Geophysics and Planetology. Jason is working with multiple image and topographic datasets of Mars to create a GIS database of detailed flow dimensions and shapes that will be used in numerical models to understand how topography effects the flow and emplacement of lava across the surface.
  
  University of Hawai‘i at Hilo:

  Kenji Emerson, a sophomore Physics and Astronomy double major, is "Studying Chemical-Composition Evolution of the Circumgalactic Gas" with mentor Dr. Kathy Cooksey of the Department of Physics and Astronomy. Using stacking analysis on Sloan Digital Sky Survey data of absorption-line spectra of triply ionized carbon and other species in the gas surrounding galaxies, Kenji aims to study the effects and evolution of metal abundances in the large-scale gaseous structure of the universe.
  
  Theodore Pruyne, a senior Physics and Astronomy double major, is working with mentor Dr. R. Pierre Martin of the Department of Physics and Astronomy on hyperspectral data from the Canada-France-Hawai‘i Telescope on Maunakea as part of a large study of star formation and chemical enrichment in nearby spiral galaxies. Theodore is mapping nebular emission lines and studying gas kinematics in his project, "Nebular Physics in the Late-type Galaxy NGC 6822."
  
  Kyle Steckler, a junior Physics and Astronomy double major, is "Investigating Distant Galaxies with OSIRIS on Keck" using near-infrared spectra obtained from the W. M. Keck Observatory on Maunakea. With mentor Dr. Marianne Takamiya of the Department of Physics and Astronomy, Kyle's work with telescope adaptive optics and data reduction and analysis contributes to the understanding of nebular chemical abundances, star formation rates, and evolution of distant galaxies.
  
  Tino Wells, a junior Physics and Astronomy double major, is working on a "Non-parametric Clustering Analysis" of data from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey. With mentor Dr. Kathy Cooksey of the Department of Physics and Astronomy, Tino is using statistical methods on stacked absorption-line systems of multiple ion species in an effort to classify gaseous structures in the cosmos and relate them to galaxy types.
  
  University of Guam:

  Allen Jake Aromin, a senior in Secondary Education, and John Tristan Palanca, a senior in Computer Science, are working with mentor Dr. Romina King of the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences on a robotics project. Their "Design, Fabrication, and Programming of a Drilling System for Water Extraction from Subsurface Planetary Ice," is inspired by NASA's Mars Ice Challenge, a competition and demonstration project for improving in-situ resource utilization. Allen is concentrating on the fabrication and Tristan is concentrating on the programming, while both are working on the robot's electrical system, assembly, and testing on simulated Martian ice.

  
 

Fall 2017 Undergraduate Trainees

University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa:

Achenback Mark Achenback, a senior in Astrophysics, is working on a high energy physics project, developing algorithms to determine fast-neutron particle energy spectra and momentum distributions. With mentor, Dr. Sven Vahsen of the Department of Physics and Astronomy, Mark's project is titled "Directional Neutron Spectroscopy via Detection of 3D Nuclear Recoils."
  
Endrina Jarren Endrina, a senior in Mechanical Engineering, is working on a project supporting Hawai‘i Space Flight Laboratory's work on propulsion modules for more maneuverable small satellites. Jarren's project "Cold Gas Propulsion System for 6U CubeSat" is under the guidance of mentor Dr. Miguel Nunes of the Hawai‘i Space Flight Laboratory.
  
Hon Emma Hon, a sophomore in Geology and Geophysics, is working on "Space Resource Identification and Utilization" with mentor Dr. G. Jeffrey Taylor of the Hawai‘i Institute of Geophysics and Planetology. Using microscopy and imaging to identify the mineralogy and composition of meteorite and lunar samples, Emma is creating a database of materials as potential space-based natural resources and commodities.
  
  Jennifer Kim, a senior in Civil Engineering, is working on a nanophysics and materials science project with mentor Dr. Klaus Sattler of the Department of Physics and Astronomy. Jennifer is synthesizing and characterizing foam in her project "Studies of Molecular Storage in Carbon Nanofoam, a Promising Superlight Material for NASA Space Missions."
  
Young Lee Danielle Young, a sophomore in Mechanical Engineering, is working on "CubeSat Structure Development" with mentor Lance Yoneshige of the Hawai‘i Space Flight Laboratory. Lee Danielle's work supports the Lab's efforts in gaining greater modularity and flexibility in 6U CubeSat–small satellite structural designs for Earth observation and planetary space missions.
  
 

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Former Fellows and Trainees

Forms

Archive of Former Undergraduate Fellows and Trainees and their Final Reports
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For Mentors

General Guidelines
    Serving as a mentor for an undergraduate Space Grant fellow is one of the most effective educational activities a researcher or faculty member can do. Mentoring a student in his or her research project can provide that extra spark that makes a dramatic difference in the life of a young person and in their approach to learning. The research experience also enhances a student's education and shows how science and engineering are really done, much more than class and laboratory assignments can ever do.

    To help prospective and existing mentors with this important job, the Hawai‘i Space Grant Consortium offers these guidelines.

Research Ohana. If you have a large research group, feel free to share mentoring responsibilities with graduate students and postdoctoral researchers. Much science is done by groups, so this adds to the research experience, as long as the undergraduate fellow has his or her own, identifiable project. It is also acceptable for a postdoc, research associate, or specialist to be a mentor. If a mentor has two or more fellows, be sure that each has an identifiable project, even if the projects are related. For example, one student could develop hardware, the other software on an engineering design project.

Space Connection. Space Grant is a NASA-funded project, and everything it does must have a clear connection to space science or aerospace engineering. Thus, mentors must be sure that their students remember to discuss the link with space science or aerospace engineering, especially when writing proposals and requests for renewals, giving talks at our undergraduate fellowship symposium, and preparing their final reports.

Student's time commitment. Please remember that our fellows are undergraduates, not graduate students. They are full-time students, usually taking five courses. Consequently, they should not be expected to work more than about 15 hours per week. Sometimes a key challenge for a mentor is to be sure their fellow does not neglect his or her other school work as they become engrossed in their research project!

Laboratory duties. Our fellows are doing research projects. They are not student employees hired to clean the lab, run the copy machine, or do clerical work. Of course, everyone working in a laboratory is expected to do his or her share of laboratory maintenance, but we want to be sure that Space Grant fellows are treated as researchers, not non-technical employees.

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Communications: Linda Martel
Updated: September 6, 2017.