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Our Affiliates …

• BAE Systems of NA • Community CollegeSystem of NH • Dartmouth College
• McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center • Mount Washington Observatory • Plymouth State Univ.
• The Margret and H.A. Rey Center • UNH (NHSGC office) NH Affiliates across New Hampshire... Contact NHSGC...

Student Internships

OSSI is a NASA-wide system for recruitment, application, selection and career development of undergraduate and graduate students primarily in science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines. Opportunities for students in other disciplines are available. Link to NASA OSSI...
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Meet NHSGC Scholar:
Sarah Al-Momar
  Sarah Al-Momar  

Al-Momar, meteorology graduate student at Plymouth State Univ. and a UCAR SOARS Protégé.
Her research focus is on ln-Cloud Convective Turbulence and how it might relate to lightning and storm microphysics.

Sarah Al-MomarIn explaining the relevance, Sarah points out that "a study of NTSB data shows that ~70% of commercial aviation weather-related accidents stem from turbulence, and a large fraction of turbulence-related accidents are caused by Convectively-Induced Turbulence (CIT)."

At present, we know that: CIT is dependent on in-cloud dynamics such as strong updraft, which brings on a robust mixed phase region leading to electrification; that high lightning frequencies relate to high turbulence intensity; and that storms show lightning peaking in a mixed phase, with CIT peaking just above this during the mature stage.

As a UCAR SOARS Protégé, Sarah will spend this summer at the Natl. Ctr. for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Boulder, Co., continuing her CIT research, but with a new twist—at NCAR, Sarah will have access to dual doppler radar data, in which the same storm is viewed with two sets of radar, in 3-D. That 3-D view will provide a clearer view of the wind field within the storm.

Upon return to Plymouth in fall, Sarah will complete her M.S. thesis using dual doppler analyses to look for a relationship between turbulence and lighting, particularly a temporal one. Does one event occur before the other or do they occur at the same time?

This topic will have added interest as we look forward to a Geostationary Lightning Mapper on the upcoming GOES-R satellite, to launch in Oct. 2015. This will enable us to view lighting on a global scale, potentially determining if lightning could indicate areas of expected turbulence.

With her M.S. in Applied Meteorology (anticipated 12/2014), Sarah hopes to work in a transportation field such as aviation meteorology. She enjoys both forecasting and research, hoping for a job with a mix of both. It's quite likely that someday she'll have a hand in studying GOES-R geostationary lightning mapper data.

Student Team Competition
High-Power Rocket Competition
The Minnesota Space Grant Consortium announces a Midwest Rocket Competition, open to teams of college students from across the U.S. Launch competition date: May 19-20 (tentaitive). An intent to compete, with team roster, faculty member, and team name, is due 10/1/2014. For more information...

Educator Workshop (K-Higher Ed)
The History of Winter (HOW)
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center's Cryospheric education program for K-Higher Education educators, in collaboration with Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (CRREL), is offering a winter workshop focused on the world of cryospheric science research.
Workshop date: February 15-21, 2015.
For more information and application...

University Design Competition
Issues Facing Airports
A Cooperative Research Competition sponsored by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)

The competition challenges both individuals and teams of undergraduate and graduate students with a faculty advisor to address issues facing airports and the National Airspace System. The four broad challenge areas, guidelines for the 2014-15 competition, and resources are posted on the competiton website, below.
Submissions are due April 30, 2015..
More information, challenges, and 2014-15 guidelines...

UNH Fellowships
NH Space Grant Graduate Fellowships at UNH

Announcing our 2014-2015 UNH Space Grant Fellows:
- Joseph Jensen, Physics (J. Raeder, advisor)
- Natalie Kashi, NRESS (R. Varner, advisor)
- Christopher Lyon, Chemistry (E. Burda, advisor)
- Amanda Madden, Physics (J. Ryan, advisor)
- Devon O'Rourke, Microbiology & Genetics    
   (V. Cooper, advisor)

The New Hampshire Space Grant Consortium annually awards up to 2 fellowships for graduate study in NASA-related disciplines at UNH. NASA-related disciplines cover a broad spectrum of fields, including: space physics; astrophysics; science education; computer science; engineering; Earth, ocean, atmospheric, or life sciences, which utilize space technology and/or adopt a "planetary" view of the global environment.

Past recipients have been enrolled in degree programs in the Depts. of Earth Sciences, Physics, Natural Resources, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and Engineering. Awards provide up to one academic year (Fall 2014-Spring 2015) stipend & tuition support for Master's or Ph.D. students.
Past NH Space Grant Fellows...

Space Grant Undergraduate Internships
MSDC Seeks NH Space Grant Interns
McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center is seeking undergraduate students majoring in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM fields) to work as interns on STEM-based curricula and to serve as lead teachers in summer day camps. Read more...

NASA Student Opportunity
NASA Langley Aerospace Research Student Scholars
Summer 2014

Natl. Inst. of Aerospace invites applications for Langley Aerospace Research Student Scholars (LARSS) Program for summer 2014. All majors accepted. The LARSS program hosts over 200 interns annually. This PAID internship has been ranked among the top ten best internshps in the nation. Read more...

NASA Student Opportunity
Aircraft Readiness Engineering Workshop
June 22-27, 2014

Students will work with Dept. of Defense engineers from the Navy Fleet Readiness Center in Havelock, N.C.
Open to students who have completed 1 yr. of college, U.S. citizens. $1300 registration fee includes room & board. Read more...

NASA Student Opportunity
Rock On! 2014 Workshop
NASA Wallops Flight Facility is hosting a 7th annual workshop on building sounding rocket payloads. A hands-on experience for college students (and faculty members), supported by Co. & Va. Space Grants.
Register by May 2, 2014.

NASA Student Opportunity
NASA Ames Research Center Internships
A number of Space Life Sciences Training Program Internships are available for upper-division undergraduates majoring in areas of engineering and biology. Interns will work in small teams with NASA Ames Research Center mentor. Application period is now open. Apply by March 15, 2014.

NASA Student Opportunity
NASA Community College Aerospace Scholarships
Chandra X-Ray Observatory program seeks a few talented interns to assist in engineering analysis and software tool development for the Chandra Flight Operations Team.

Chandra interns will assist the Northrop Grumman Flight Operations Team in analysis and software development in support of the Chandra X-ray Observatory mission.  Chandra was launched in 1999 and is the third of NASA's Great Observatories.  Interns will work side-by-side with Northrop engineers at the Chandra Operations Control Center in Cambridge MA.  Work will include analysis of spacecraft data and/or development of software tools and web utilities to be used in operations of the vehicle. 

Required Skills
Required skills vary by project, however, all candidates must have a basic education in physics, mathematics, computer science or engineering. As time and skill-sets allow, Chandra interns may be able to work on more than one of these projects:
 Generating Mobile Friendly Web Pages for Access to Engineering Data
Testing Support for Upgraded Telemetry Analysis and Distribution System
Telemetry Tool/Web Page Development
Documentation and Usability
Application information…

Summer of Innovation Mini-Grants
The Margret and H.A. Rey Center, the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center, Oyster River HS FIRST Robotics Team, and Pelham Public Library received NH's NASA Summer of Innovation Awards awarded through Natl. Space Grant Foundation.