More than 20 students from West Virginia University will spend their summers working as interns with National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) agencies or conducting sponsored research, thanks to awards from the NASA West Virginia Space Grant Consortium.

The Space Grant Consortium, headquartered in WVU s College of Engineering and Mineral Resources, announced the awards during a recent ceremony at WVU .

Gene Cilento, dean of the College of Engineering and Mineral Resources, and Mary Ellen Mazey, dean of the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences, presented students from their respective colleges with the awards.

Wesley Deadrick, senior research engineer with the NASA IV &V Facility in Fairmont, presented awards to students whose research is being sponsored by that agency.

NASA internships and research fellowships provide WVU students with meaningful learning experiences outside the classroom,said Majid Jaraiedi, Space Grant Consortium director.These experiences provide an excellent stepping stone for further study and career success.

These internship and fellowship programs also assist us in fulfilling our mission to improve our states competitiveness in science, math and engineering,added Jaraiedi.

The following WVU students will perform NASA -sponsored internships this summer:

  • Tobias Brozenick, a computer science and electrical engineering major from Shinnston, and Kristopher DeNardi, a geography major from Fairmont, will intern with Global Science and Technology in Fairmont.
  • Emily Calandrelli, a mechanical and aerospace engineering major from Morgantown, and Sue Morris, a computer science major, also of Morgantown, will intern at NASA s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio.
  • Alexander Gray, from Huron, Ohio, and Kyle Phillips, from Morgantownboth mechanical and aerospace engineering majorswill intern at NASA s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va.
  • Jackie Grimes, a mechanical and aerospace engineering major from Sewickley, Pa., will intern at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif.
  • Jason Gross, a mechanical and aerospace engineering major from Morgantown, will take part in the NASA Academy at the Goddard Research Center in Greenbelt, Md.
  • Rebecca McCauley, a biology major from Westover, and Tristan Mikkel Wolfe, an engineering major from Morgantown, will also intern at the Goddard Research Center, as part of the Student Internship Program.
  • Curtis Groves, a mechanical and aerospace engineering major from Wheeling, and William Ridgon, a chemistry major from Jarrettsville, Md., will intern at the Kennedy Space Flight Center.
  • John Guido, a chemistry major from Clarksburg, will intern at the Los Alamos National Lab in New Mexico.
  • Jonathan Meyer, a computer science major from Morgantown, will intern at the NASA IV &V facility in Fairmont.
  • David Narkevic, a physics major from Westover, will intern in the WVU Physics Department.

In addition, the following students received research fellowship awards:

  • Nicholas Anthony, an electrical engineering and physics major from Wheeling, will develop spin-based electronic devices in the WVU Physics Department.
  • Heather Ogle, a biology major, will study the effects of nanotechnology coatings on inhibiting bacterial growth in the WVU Orthopedics Department.
  • Richard Maxwell, a graduate student in geology and geography, will research a multi-century tree-ring reconstruction of the Potomac River.
  • Paul Kreitzer, a graduate student in mechanical and aerospace engineering from Morgantown, Cary Lynch, a geology and geography major, and Jackie Grimes will all conduct research sponsored by the NASA IV &V Facility.

For more information, contact Candy Cordwell at or 304-293-4099, ext. 3738.