Space Florida and the NASA Florida Space Grant Consortium Announce 2015 Summer Interns

Space Florida and the NASA Florida Space Grant Consortium Announce 2015 Summer Interns

May 28, 2015

EXPLORATION PARK, FL (MAY 28, 2015) – Space Florida, the state’s aerospace and spaceport development authority, and the NASA Florida Space Grant Consortium have selected two Florida University students to participate in the 2015 Florida Space Internship Program, supporting Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields at the university level.

The two University of Florida students, Lauren Brown and Nicholas Cullen, will be working on research projects alongside their mentors at the Space Life Sciences Center (SLSL), located on Exploration Park property at Kennedy Space Center. This full-time STEM internship gives the students access to an abundance of resources at the SLSL.

Brown will be working on a project researching a Dust Atmospheric Recovery Technology (DART) System, under the guidance of Dr. Andrew Schuerger, while Cullen’s project, Generating Metabolic Networks of the Modern Stromatolite Microbiome, will take place under the supervision of Dr. Jamie Foster.

“This really is a dream Internship,” said NASA Florida Space Grant Consortium Director Jaydeep Mukherjee, Ph.D. “Students have an opportunity to do actual research with outstanding mentors at a world class facility within the Space Life Sciences Laboratory and I believe this hands-on Internship provides tangible results for all involved while still fostering academic achievement.”

The internship runs from June 1 through August 7, 2015. Interns will each receive a $5,000 sponsorship award to pay for their research. The program will conclude with the students presenting their findings and work accomplishments to a gathering of mentors and other space industry guests at the SLSL.

“This program gives hands-on experience to our next generation of space and aerospace employees,” said Space Florida President Frank DiBello. “We are fortunate to have resources like the SLSL that allow these students an immersive space-related work experience. We couldn’t be prouder to host Lauren and Nicholas as this year’s interns.”

To learn more about the Florida Space Internship Program, visit

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About Space Florida: Space Florida was created to strengthen Florida’s position as the global leader in aerospace research, investment, exploration and commerce. As Florida’s aerospace and spaceport development authority, we are committed to attracting and expanding the next generation of space industry businesses. With its highly trained workforce, proven infrastructure and unparalleled record of achievement, Florida is the ideal location for aerospace businesses to thrive – and Space Florida is the perfect partner to help them succeed.

About Florida Space Grant Consortium: Florida Space Grant Consortium (FSGC) is a NASA sponsored program led by the University of Central Florida (UCF) and administered by the Florida Space Institute at UCF. It is a voluntary association of seventeen public and private Florida Universities and colleges. The Consortium also includes the Astronaut Memorial Foundation, Space Florida, Kennedy Space Center, and Orlando Science Center. FSGC supports the expansion and diversification of Florida’s space industry, through providing grants, scholarships, and fellowships to students and educators from Florida’s public and private institutes of higher education.


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