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Winning Students, Runner-Up Announced in NASA University Research Centers Virtual Poster Session

An example of URC research. Gilberto Corona fine-tunes the Particle image velocimetry (PIV) system at the University of Texas at El Paso Center for Space Exploration Technology Research (cSETR). Image Credit: NASA

An example of URC research. Gilberto Corona fine-tunes the Particle image velocimetry (PIV) system at the University of Texas at El Paso Center for Space Exploration Technology Research (cSETR). Image Credit: NASA

Four 2012 NASA summer intern projects have emerged as the top entries in the University Research Centers (URC) Virtual Poster Session and Symposium (VPSS), from a total of 40 students who submitted posters for the inaugural event.

Posters were categorized for judging into one of three categories aligned to NASA Mission Directorate subject areas: Aerospace Research, Science, and Human Exploration and Operations. The Science category, due to a large number of participants, produced a winner and a runner-up.

Winning honors in the category of Aerospace Research go to Robert Conrad Rorie, a student at California State University, Long Beach, for a poster titled “Effect of Force Feedback on an Aimed Movement Task.

The poster titled “Mapping the Milky Way Galaxy with LISA” propelled Jose McKinnon, a student at University of Texas at Brownsville, to the top honors position in the Human Exploration and Operations category.

Kimberlin Schnittker, a student at the University of Texas at El Paso, took top honors in the Science category for her poster titled “A Life Cycle Assessment of a Self-Sustainable Renewable Energy Ecosystem.” Also in the Science category, Florida International University student Rigoberto Roche earned runner-up recognition for his poster titled “An Experimental Study of the Small-Scale Variability of Rainfall.

Winners and the runner-up will prepare to give an oral presentation of their research to the NASA University Research Center community at a Virtual Symposium on Nov. 8, 2012.

The VPSS is an exciting opportunity for URC students to present NASA research, and to develop and enhance visual and oral presentation skills that are suitable for scientific and public audiences. NASA URC thanks all students who joined the challenge, and contributed creative and innovative poster entries. Also, a special thanks to the planning committee, NASA mentors, and judges of the poster competition for the outstanding dedication of your time and efforts.

To learn more about the NASA URC Program, visit the URC program webpage.

Previous Earthzine Virtual Poster Sessions can be found on our Archive Page.

Aeronautics Research Winner
Human Exploration and Operations Winner
Science Winner
Science Runner-Up

Aeronautics Research
Human Factors in Unmanned Aircraft Systems
Measured Response to UAS Pilot Commands
Cognitive Walkthrough with a Commercial Pilot for Preliminary Single-Pilot Operations Experiment
Measured Response to UAS Pilot Commands 2
Analysis and Experimental Validation of Lightweight Structures for Uninhabited Aerial Vehicles

Human Exploration and Operations
Modeling a SSAF Service
Stress Analysis, Fixture Design for MSA Pathfinder and Pin Tool Analysis Using Conventional Friction Stir Welding
Molten Salt Flux Synthesis to Reduce Cation Disorder in Cathodes for Lithium Ion Batteries
Morpheus Support and Secondary Vehicle Development
Investigating the Gas Chemistry of Protoplanetary Disks
ITOS to EDGE ‘Bridge’ Software for the Morpheus Lunar/Martian Vehicle
Evaluate Techniques for Penetrating a Radio-Shielded Enclosure
Lunar Exospheric Sodium and Potassium Emissions
In Situ Electrosynthesis of Polymethylmethacrylate within Ceramic Launch Pad Materials
Normalization of the SAM Spectra Using PFTBA
USS-CR Modem Functional Configuration Summary
Characterization of a Tri-Gas Thruster

Update: Gravitational Wave Galaxy Catalogue for the Rapid Search of Electromagnetic Counterparts from Gravitational Waves
Development of Chemical Sensors for Hydrogen Detection
Quantum Cascade Laser Frequency Modulation for Trace Gas Detection
The Use of Thermoelectric Devices for Power Generation
NICER X-Ray Optics Assembly and Testing
Chemical Etching of Plastic Nuclear Track Detectors
Incidence of Vector-borne Disease and Climate Change: A Case Study in Semi-Arid Algeria
Radiation Testing on Biased Commercial AMD Microprocessor
Study of Microwave Radiometer Temperature Profiles for Use in Calculating Relative Humidity
Global Precipitation Measurement Mission Project Life-Test Support/ Life Test Battery Characterization
Principles in Avoiding Design Errors and Facets of Engineering a Total System
Mars Image Viewer: User Needs Analysis
Thermal and Cryogenic Testing Systems Development
Geiger Mode APD 1-Kilopixel Camera for 3-D Topographic Mapping
Australia: Climate-Ecosystem Variability and Impacts on Diseases
Low Dose Rate TID Test of Commercial Bipolar Op Amp
Effects of Carbon Nanotubes Addition on Vibration Damping Behavior of Epoxy Resins
Assessment of ICESat Altimetry and Tidal Gage Water Elevations with Hydrodynamic Model Predictions for the Chesapeake Bay
Testing of FPGA Telemetry Decoders for the New 35 m Beam Waveguide Antenna


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