One lucky and hard-working Dublin High School student will accelerate their space science learning this summer after being selected to take part in a prestigious NASA-affiliated internship.
Mihika Sharma, a junior at Dublin High, was one of 54 applicants chosen from among nearly 600 nationwide entries for the Student Enhancement in Earth and Space Science (SEES) program, to be held next month at the University of Texas at Austin’s Center for Space Research. The competitive two week program is a collaboration of NASA, the University of Texas at Austin and the Texas Space Grant Consortium.
"Working at NASA has always been a dream of mine," Sharma said in a statement. "I’m very excited to work alongside the people who are doing what I hope to one day do. This internship will not only provide me the exposure to real world problems that NASA is trying to solve, but also help me explore further my interest in processing large data into meaningful information."
Promising students will work remotely with their project scientist before the on-site learning begins. Once they arrive, they will be put to work with scientists and engineers to conduct real-world research using data from NASA’s observational satellites, analyzing images from the International Space Station, designing Mars habitats, and lunar exploration. They will also perform field investigations, attend presentations by NASA scientists and engineers, and work on other NASA tasks.
Sharma will join the other interns in Austin from July 13-27.