2014 MSGC Awardees Announced

Michigan Tech faculty, staff members and students received awards tallying $71,175 in funding through the Michigan Space Grant Consortium (MSGC) sponsored by the NASA.

Undergraduates receiving $2,500 research fellowships are:

  • Laura Lynch (Biomed): “Prevention of Secondary Lymphedema with Biomaterial Hydrogels”
  • Roger Guillory (Biomed): “Characterization of the Biocompatibility of Zinc-Magnesium Alloys for Bioabsorable Coronary Stents”

Graduate students receiving $5,000 graduate fellowships are:

  • Emily Gochis (EGL): “Increasing Native American Involvement in Geosciences Through Interdisciplinary Community-Based Student Investigations”
  • Brice Grunert (EGL): “Impacts of Physical Drivers on Phytoplankton Community Composition in the Bering Sea”
  • Ashley Coble (SBL): “Quantity and Biodegradability of Dissolved Organic Carbon in Lake Superior Tributaries”
  • Daniel Cerminaro (ECE): “Management of Geotechnical Features in Transportation Infrastructure Using Remote Sensing”
  • Bonnie Zwissler (ECE): “Thermal Remote Sensing for Dust Susceptibility Monitoring of Mine Tailings Impoundments”

Faculty member receiving a $5,000 seed grant is:

  • Zhen Liu (ECE): “Phase Composition Curves in Frozen Porous Materials”

Faculty and staff members receiving $5,000 or more for precollege, public outreach, teacher training, and/or augmentation programs are:

  • Marlene Lappeus (MEEM): “High Impact STEM Outreach Utilizing the Michigan Tech Mobile Laboratory at the 2014 Michigan Civil Air Patrol Summer Cadet Encampment”
  • Alexandria Guth (GMES): “Teacher Institute: Exploring the Geology of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula”
  • Douglas Oppliger (Engg Fundamentals): “Workshop: Underwater Remotely Operated Vehicles for Teaching STEM Concepts in K-12 Classrooms” (Includes Augmentation funding)
  • John Gierke (GMES): “Professional Development for Teachers to Incorporate Place-Based and Culturally Centered Earth System Investigations in Pre-college Curricula at Native American Community Schools” (Includes Augmentation funding)
  • Steve Patchin (Youth Outreach and Engagement): “MSGC: Engineering Olympics Tournaments” (Includes Augmentation funding)
  • Robert Warrington (ISI): MSGC Administrative award ($3,675)

NASA implemented the National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program in 1989 to provide funding for research, education, and public outreach in space-related science and technology. The program has 52 university-based consortia in the United States and Puerto Rico. As an affiliate of the Michigan Consortium, Michigan Tech has been an active participant in MSGC for over fifteen years. For more information, please contact Robert Warrington or Paige Hackney in the Institute for Leadership and Innovation, or visit the MSGC website.

Published in Tech Today.



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