NZ Students Set Sights on NASA Next Stop

NZ Students Set Sights on NASA Next Stop

Space Minister Judith Collins Revealed Today that Six University Students have been chosen to work on NASA Projects in the US as Part of a New Zealand Space Scholarship.

NZ Students Set Sights on NASA Next Stop

These gifted youngsters have a wonderful chance. Students will work as interns at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) or Ames Research Center, where they will have access to the agency’s top research facilities and acquire practical experience in their fields of study, according to Ms. Collins.

While the skills, Knowledge and Connections they bring home will be invaluable for them Personally, this will also help to strengthen and grow our science and space sectors which in turn helps grow our economy.”

At a Ceremony held at Parliament today, Ms. Collins and the students—Alexan McKendry and Narottam Royal from the University of Canterbury, Tait Francis from the University of Otago, Axl Rogers from the Auckland University of Technology, Grace Jacobs Corban and Faun Watson from the Victoria University of Wellington—celebrated their selection.

One of the ways the government supports the continued prosperity of our space industry is by encouraging the next generation of gifted individuals to pursue professions in space-related subjects through the New Zealand Space Scholarship.

“These internships are the latest example of the strong, collaborative partnership we have with NASA and the US, which continues to offer opportunities for space science, technology and cooperation on a Global Scale,” adds Ms. Collins.

NZ Students Set Sights on NASA Next Stop

“The interns themselves are testament to the emerging talent we have in science, technology, engineering and mathematics in New Zealand.”

The students will be stationed at NASA’s Ames Center in Silicon Valley or at JPL in Pasadena for their three-month internships, which start in June.

The MBIE website has more details about the beneficiaries of the 2024 NZ Space Scholarship as well as the projects they will be working on.

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