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

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 and Facebook pages.

To download a pdf booklet of these posters, click here.

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 Exploration and Operations



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