West Virginia University students in the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences and College of Engineering and Mineral Resources have been selected as 2007-08 NASA Space Grant Scholars by the NASA West Virginia Space Grant Consortium.

Each Space Grant Scholar receives a $1,000 fellowship to conduct a research project.

The consortium is a group of West Virginia academic institutions with industrial partners under the sponsorship of NASA . It focuses on research, collaborations with high-tech industries, student fellowships, secondary education and public outreach.

The consortium is dedicated to building research infrastructure and the promotion of math, science, engineering and technology education in West Virginia. Various research and internship opportunities available to faculty and students can be viewed on the consortiums Web site: /www.nasa.wvu.edu. The students and their research projects are as follows:

Department of Physics

  • Scott Button , Farmington, Pa.,Achieving a Spin Transistor Through the Use of Magnetic Tunnel Junctions
  • Jacob Fennick , Wheeling,Titanium Doped Carbon Nanotubes for Hydrogen Storage
  • Zane Harvey , Wellsburg,Measuring Electric Double Layers Via Two Different Diagnostic Techniques
  • Andrew Higgins , Grafton,Current Induced Spin Pumping and Precession in Nanoscale Heterostructures
  • Dominic Ludovici , Morgantown,A Search for Radio Pulsars Using the GMRT
  • David Narkevic , Philippi,A Search for Extragalactic Radio Transients
  • William Przybysz , Wheeling,Plasma Potential Structures in an Expanding Helicon Source Plasma

Department of Geology and Geography

  • Benjamin Baugh , Midlothian, Va.,Gulfaks Oil Field Data
  • Lucy Kammer , Morgantown,Can Landslides be Detected from Automated Analysis of LiDAR data?
  • Anne Yanni , Glendale,U-Th/HE Thermochronometry of the Verkhoyansk Thrust Belt, Siberia

Department of Chemistry

  • Jeremy Hardinger , Ridgeley,Construction of a Potential Energy Surface of Urea Using Ab Initio Calculations
  • Andrea Kravats , Fairchance, Pa.,Direct Solids Analysis of Coal Fly Ash Samples by Glow Discharge Mass Spectrometry

Department of Biology

  • Eli Rodgers-Melnick , McMurray, Pa.,Molecular Systematics of Eriophyidae

Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

  • Joe D. Allen , Hurricane,Circulation Control Applied to Water Turbines
  • Emily Calandrelli , Morgantown,Investigating the Creation of a Crop Tower for Microgravity Experiments
  • Curtis Groves , Wheeling,Shock Analysis Project
  • Steven Hard , Point Marion, Pa.,Modification of a Flight Control System for Use in an Autonomous Underwater Vehicle
  • David Loud , Madison, W.Va.,Advanced Lift Augmentation as Applied to a Horizontal Axis Wind Turbine
  • Andrew Reeder , Washington, W.Va.,Vertical Axis Wind Turbine with Circulation Control
  • Corey Snyder , Morgantown,Variation of Cooling Characteristics Through Turbine Vanes
  • Justin Zdonczyk , Wheeling,Investigation of Microwave Interaction with Fossil Fuels

Lane Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering

  • Joseph A. Duperre , Morgantown,Characterization and Modeling of the Stacked Planar Affinity Regulated Resonant Optical Waveguide Biosensor
  • Alexander Reddington , Hurricane,A Biomoleclar Detection Device Employing an Optofluidic Photonic Crystal for Resonant Fluorescence Emission Enhancement