Two Graduate Students Invited to Attend Competitive NASA Summer School Program, Conduct Internship in NASA Labs

May 27, 2014

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CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Benjamin Johnston and Xiao Yu, two graduate students at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, have been invited to attend a highly-selective and competitive summer school workshop hosted jointly by NASA and the University of Virginia.

The “Intensive Summer School in Computing for Environmental Sciences” workshop offers unique and exciting opportunities for students interested in working with computational applications for atmospheric, ocean, climate, and other environmental sciences.

The workshop admits only 20 students from across the nation every summer. Ten of these students will go on to complete eight-week internships at NASA centers across the country. Additionally, students that are invited will have all of their travel and living expenses covered.  

“This is a great opportunity for the graduate students to jump-start their computer skills and accumulate research experience by directly working with NASA scientists,” said Dr. Feiqin Xie, Assistant Professor of Atmospheric Sciences. “Hopefully, this inspires more students to seek out and take advantage of the opportunities that are out there and that the Island University provides.”

Johnston, a first-year Ph.D. student in Coastal and Marine System Sciences, was also offered opportunities to do one of the 10 NASA internships. He will spend eight weeks working with NASA scientists in the Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. Yu, a first-year Master of Science student in Environmental Sciences, was also awarded an eight-week internship by another program to work in NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif.