2020-21 MSGC Academic Undergraduate Award Recipients

The University of Maine’s Center for Undergraduate Research (CUGR) and the Maine Space Grant Consortium (MSGC) have announced the 2019-2020 MSGC Research Creative Experience Award recipients.

The purpose of the MSGC fellowship and scholarship programs at UMaine is to provide research opportunities to undergraduate and graduate students in aerospace technology, space science, Earth science, human exploration/space development, and other science- or engineering-related fields.

The focus of proposed projects must be aligned with the research priorities of NASA’s Earth and space science strategic enterprises. Selected projects will be awarded $6,000 each.

2020-2021 Undergraduate MSGC Award Recipients

(Student Awarded, Academic Program, Project Title, Faculty Mentor)

  • Samuel Bonnevie, chemistry, “Modelling the filling of methane in the heterogeneous pore network of catalyst support SBA-15,” advised by Brian Frederick
  • Benjamin Chasse, biomedical engineering, “Design of theoretical modeling to support a regenerative radiation shield for deep space exploration,” advised by Caitlin Howell
  • Kettie Cormier, civil and environmental engineering, “Concentrating viruses from sewage for SARS-CoV-2 monitoring,” advised by Jean MacRae
  • Miao Hu, mechanical engineering, “Advanced design of 3D printing head for aligning wood fibers into three-dimensional structures,” advised by Yingchao Yang
  • Aidan McGlone, mechanical engineering, “Fabrication of Metallic Organic Frameworks on Carbon for High-performance Supercapacitors,” advised by Yingchao Yang
  • Steele Muchemore-Allen, computer engineering, “MESAT-1 flight computer and data handling,” advised by Ali Abedi
  • Angel Nieves, chemistry, “Conjugation of glycans with a versatile anthranilamide-based auxiliary,” advised by Matthew Brichacek
  • Leah Parrish, computer science, “Exploration of olfactory interventions as a synergistic emotional and cognitive recovery technique,” advised by Nimesha Ranasinghe