Maine Space Grant Consortium Graduate Research Fellowship winners announced

The University of Maine’s Center for Undergraduate Research (CUGR) and the Maine Space Grant Consortium (MSGC) have announced the 2021-2022 MSGC Graduate Research Fellowship 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.

The winners are:

Oisin Biswas, Biomedical Engineering, “Continuous Monitoring of Surface Microorganisms Aboard Spacecraft via Structural Color Analysis,” advised by Caitlin Howell

Francis Sternberg, Geology, “Geochemical weathering of serpentinite in a tropical environment: Implications for silicate weathering on Mars,” advised by Amanda Olsen

Morgan Stosic, Psychological Sciences, “Efficacy of Various Trainings to Increase the Accurate Perception of Fatigue,” advised by Mollie Ruben

Anna Soule, Intermedia and Accounting,The Journey of Perseverance – A Rover’s Perspective: Phase 2 – Enroute to Landing,” advised by Shawn Laatsch

More information about the fellowship and MSGC is available on the CUGR website or by emailing