NASA Announces its Research Fellowship Grant Winners

NASA Announces its Research Fellowship Grant Winners


48 students receive research support from America’s space agency.

NASA’s space shuttle program may be canceled, but that doesn’t mean America’s space agency has given up on its quest to send men and women deep into space. To help advance space exploration, NASA awards Space Technology Research Fellowship grants each year. This month, the space agency awarded grants to 48 students, individuals that will purse master’s or doctoral degrees in an applicable space technology discipline at their host universities.

Giving Back

NASA’s Space Technology Research Fellowships Program is designed to give back to America a conduit of highly competent engineers and technologists to enhance U.S. competitiveness. At the same time, the program enables NASA to solidify its own foundation for future exploration and science missions. For NASA, it is all about driving innovation, with its own program and the overall U.S. economy benefiting.

“By investing in the intellectual capacity of America’s best and brightest minds today, we’re guaranteeing not only a great future for NASA, but also for the nation,” NASA Administrator Charles Bolden said. “These NASA Fellows will bolster America’s competitiveness in a knowledge-based, global economy while enabling our space exploration goals.”

Innovative Research

NASA Space Technology Fellows will perform innovative space technology research while building the skills necessary to become future technological leaders. Selected candidates will perform graduate student research on their respective campuses and at NASA centers and nonprofit U.S. research and development laboratories.

Among this year’s grant recipients is Heather Kline. Ms. Kline attends Stanford University and will research hypersonic reusable technologies for access to space. At Boston University, Schuyler Eldridge will research biologically-inspired hardware for land/aerial robots. Shannon Zirbel at Brigham Young University will be researching compliant space mechanisms.

Other host universities with award recipients include Johns Hopkins University, the University of Utah, Stony Brook University, Columbia University, Carnegie Mellon University and the California Institute of Technology. Also represented were the Ohio State University, Duke University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the University of Texas at Austin, Yale University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Case Western Reserve University and the University of Colorado Boulder among others.

Program Details

The fellowships program is managed for NASA’s Space Technology Program by the agency’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland. For information about NASA’s Space Technology Program and the fellowships program, please visit

For a list of fellowship recipients and their respective research institutions and research topics, visit:

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