Chapman students awarded NASA internships

By Sarah Van Zanten

Two Chapman University students have been awarded NASA internships at the Goddard Space Flight Center.

Bryson Thill ‘12 will participate in the
Summer Institute in Earth Sciences
(SIES) program June 6 to Aug. 12, where he will work with Eyal Amitai, Ph.D., associate professor, School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Schmid College of Science, on the project entitled: “Evaluating Satellite Precipitations.”

“Only the top 11 student applicants from all over the country were accepted to the NASA SIES program,” said Dr. Amitai.  “It is a very prestigious program.”

Alumnus David Stack ’10, environmental science, has been awarded the
internship for summer 2011.  Stack is currently a student in the Hazards, Global and Environmental Change (HGEC) Graduate Program at Chapman’s
Schmid College of Science

This summer Stack will work at the Goddard Space Flight Center with NASA scientists and a team of other interns.  According to the DEVELOP website, Stack will research and conduct a project focused on one of the Applied Sciences Application Areas.

This program looks at a variety of issues, from ecological forecasting to climate change, using Earth science research to help decision-makers plan for environmental hazards that range from floods to droughts.

“While working at Goddard, I hope to learn many new skills and have experiences that I can then bring back and apply to my studies and work at Chapman,” said Stack.

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