Kathleen Vander Kaaden, has been awarded the NASA Earth and Space Science (NESSF) Graduate Student Fellowship award for the 2015-16 academic year for research work in the area of Planetary Science.

From a total of 150, only 29 students were selected for the much sought-after fellowship award. “The competition was intense, so being selected is a real mark of distinction,” said a NASA NESSF press release.

About the Fellowship:

The NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship Program, or NESSF is committed to continued training of highly qualified students to achieve NASA’s scientific goals. The maximum amount of a NESSF award is $30,000 per year with the possibility of two years worth of renewal if recipients remain students.

About the Fellowship Provider:

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is the United States government agency responsible for the civilian space program as well as aeronautics and aerospace research. NASA leads the nation on a great journey of discovery, seeking new knowledge and understanding of our planet Earth, our Sun and solar system, and the universe out to its farthest reaches and back to its earliest moments of existence

About the Fellowship Holder:

Kathleen Vander Kaaden is a graduate student of University of New Mexico at the Institute of Meteoritics in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences.

Receiving the NASA NESSF Graduate Student Fellowship is a great opportunity and will be extremely beneficial for me as I enter the final year of my Ph.D. I will be using the award from this fellowship to continue my experimental exploration into the thermal and magmatic evolution of Mercury.” said Vander Kaaden.

Link for More Information:

For more information, the candidates can check the link:


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