Spring 2016 Undergraduate Fellowships
The Hawaii Space Grant Consortium awarded
undergraduate fellowships in the Spring of 2016 to students at the University of Hawaii at Mānoa and Hilo. Undergraduate traineeships were awarded to students at several campuses. The Spring Symposium was held on Saturday, April 23, 2016 at UH Mānoa. This was the Symposium Schedule (pdf).
University of Hawaii at Mānoa:
- Aleca Borsuk, a senior in Mechanical Engineering, will work with mentor Dr. Kent Kobayashi of the Department of Tropical Plant and Soil Sciences on a project titled "Spatial Optimization of Artificial Lighting for Space Grown Amaranthus Caudatus." Aleca is researching the effects of different artificial lighting schemes on crop yield in a controlled laboratory setting as it relates to optimal horticultural practices for growing food for astronauts during long duration missions. Final Report
- Ryan Hendrix, a senior in Geology and Geophysics, will be working on an operational prototype of a planetary rover-mounted X-ray diffraction (XRD) instrument with mentor Dr. Przemyslaw Dera of the Hawaii Institute of Geophysics and Planetology. In his project, titled "Development of Terra-Hybrid: A New Generation of X-ray Diffraction Instrument for Mineralogy Research in Planetary Exploration," Ryan is helping to optimize the instrument and sample platforms, and collect XRD data from meteorites. Final Report
- Kaimi Kahihikolo, a freshman in Astrophysics and Mathematics, will be working with mentor Dr. Hsin-Yi Shis of the Gemini Observatory on a project titled "Impacts of Radio-jet-driven Outflows on Host Galaxy Evolution." Kaimi will analyze astronomical data collected on Maunakea of three young radio galaxies in an effort to determine how the local gas clouds interact with radio jets, the mass outflow rate from the host galaxy, and the heavy element abundance of the outflowing gas. Final Report
- Lauren Mathews, a senior in Global Environmental Science, will work with mentor Dr. Craig Nelson of the Department of Oceanography on laboratory experiments to study the interacting effects of changes in water temperature and food nutrient-quality on zooplankton growth, survival, grazing rate, and stoichiometry over a whole life cycle. Lauren's project "Tropical Zooplankton Nutrition and Stoichiometry in Response to Temperature" is relevant to future modelling of oceanic carbon storage and carbon exchange among the ocean, atmosphere, and biosphere.
- Warren McKenzie, a senior in Geology and Geophysics, will work on a project titled, "Lava Flow Behavior on the Southeastern Flank of Elysium Mons via a Graben Cross-section" with mentor Dr. Scott Rowland of the Department of Geology and Geophysics. Using high-resolution images, topographic data, and thermal emission data of Mars obtained from orbiting NASA spacecraft, Warren will map lava flows in an effort to better understand shield volcanism on Mars. Final Report
- Kimberly Teehera, a junior in Biochemistry with previous fellowship experience in 2015 studying the geochemistry of lava tubes on Mauna Loa, will work with mentor Dr. Norbert Schörghofer of the Institute for Astronomy on a project titled "Microbial Habitats in High-Altitude Lava Tubes." Kimberly is using a variety of analysis techniques to identify microbes or biominerals from a collection of water and rock samples. Studies of terrestrial ice-filled lava tubes are relevant to the fields of astrobiology and climate of Mars. Final Report
- Matthew Yee, a senior in Computer Engineering, will work with mentor Mr. Jeremy Chan of the Hawaii Space Flight Laboratory on a project titled "Designing an ECU for Radiation Evironment." Matthew plans to design and test an electronic control unit and field-programmable gate array-based CPU suitable for use on planetary rovers exposed to high or variable radiation environments. Final Report
University of Hawaii at Hilo:
- Kyla Defore, a senior in Geology, will continue researching the "Formation Processes of Martian Gully Systems" with mentor Dr. Jene Michaud of the Department of Geology. Kyla uses NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter HiRISE images and CRISM visible and near infrared spectral data to study the location, orientation, size, and morphology of gullies. She is comparing these data with seasonal variations in Sun exposure and local environmental conditions to learn more about gully formation processes. Final Report
- Derek Hand, a senior in Astronomy and Physics, will continue researching "Molecular Gas in Merging Galaxies" with mentor Dr. Andreea Petric of the Gemini Observatory. Derek uses multiple data sets to study the properties of the molecular gas in Luminous Infrared Galaxies. This work will test theoretical predictions of changes in the molecular gas due to merging galaxies and to activity related to super massive black holes. Final Report
- Nicolette Thomas, a sophomore in Astronomy and Biology, is studying the "Biologic Analog Science Associated with Lava Terrains" with mentor Dr. John Hamilton of the Department of Physics and Astronomy. Nicolette is collecting rock samples for DNA extraction and amplification to analyze microbial populations. This Hawaii-based field project is an analog astrobiology investigation applicable to studies of the volcanic plains and past habitable environments on Mars. Final Report
Spring 2016 Undergraduate Traineeships
University of Hawaii at Mānoa:
- Amber Mokelke, a junior in Electrical Engineering, is working with mentor Dr. Jeffrey Gillis-Davis of the Hawaii Institute of Geophysics and Planetology in the laser space weathering laboratory. In her project, "Modeling Micrometeorite Impacts," Amber is using a spectrometer to collect data from samples under vacuum conditions that are subjected to simulated micrometeorite bombardment and space weathering.
- Tayler Pave, a junior in Computer Engineering, is studying "Real-time Measurements using a Graphical User Interface in Correspondice to Wirelessly Transmitted Data" with mentor Dr. Trevor Sorensen of the Hawaii Space Flight Laboratory. Tayler will write software for a ground control station to interpret incoming telemetry from a descending payload, in support of a current CanSat project.
University of Hawaii at Hilo:
- Alexander Hedglen, a junior in Astronomy and Physics, will continue working with mentor Dr. Kathy Cooksey of the Department of Physics and Astronomy on astronomical data reduction. Using his IDL and C programming skills, Alexander is processing raw images and calibration files of galaxies in optical and ultraviolet spectroscopic data in his project, "Learning Data Reduction of Astronomical Spectra."
Hawaii Space Flight Laboratory—HSFL Trainees:
- Glenn Galvizo, Christianne Izumigawa, Joshua Lam, Tina Li, Andrew Nguyen, Adrianna Saymo, Pei Sheng Xu, and Chase Yasunaga are working on the New Mexico Sounding Rocket Team of the CubeSat Research and Development Project.
Honolulu Community College:
- Andre Wang, USDA NIFA Awardee, working on "Launching Model Rockets with Payloads."
Kapiolani Community College:
- Teanu Aumua, Ying Kit Chui, Isaac DeMello, Jessic Grazziotin, Alexine Niro, and Geena Wann-Kung are working on a CanSat competition team with mentor Dr. Hervé Collin of the Math and Sciences Department.
- Preston Tran is working on the "Exploration of Voids Distribution in the vicinity of the Biggest Super Massive Black Holes using Public Cosmic Void Catalog."
Project Imua RockSat Trainees:
Project Imua RockSat Program Guidelines–Roles and Expectations
- From Honolulu CC: Suraj Mehta, Onkar Nerukar, and Marcus Yamaguchi, "Using Intertial Measurements and Digital Image Processing to Track Motion"
- From Kapiolani CC: Kalaimoana Garcia, Jarren Endrina, Yu Gong, and Cody Shinsato, "Subsystem Integration in Collaboration with HSFL"
- From Kauai CC: Nicholas Herrmann, Kaina Allard-Mahoney, Darlyne McLeod, Brennen Sprenger, and Ryan Uyesono, Thermal/Gamma Detection in a Suborbital Mission"
- From Windward CC: Elena Barbour, Richard Kahakui, Cale Mechler, Keith Nakamatsu, and Madori Rumpungworn, "Super Simple Sublimation Rocket (ScubeR)"
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