New Zealand Space Scholarship sends students to NASA

Published: 06 May 2024

Six of New Zealand’s top tertiary students will intern at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory or NASA’s Ames Research Center with the support of a New Zealand Space Scholarship.

The recipients are Narottam Royal and Alexandra McKendry (University of Canterbury), Tait Francis (University of Otago), Axl Rogers (Auckland University of Technology), and Grace Jacobs Corban and Faun Watson (Victoria University of Wellington).

These post-graduate students will work on projects guided by NASA mentors, gaining hands-on experience in their fields of study and access to NASA’s best and most advanced research facilities.

New Zealand has a strong, collaborative partnership with NASA, which continues to offer opportunities for space science, technology and cooperation.

The New Zealand Space Scholarship encourages the next generation of talented people to pursue careers in space-related fields. Following their internships, these students will bring home skills, knowledge and connections that will be invaluable for them personally and will also help to strengthen and grow New Zealand’s science and space sectors.

The 3-month internships will begin in June with the students based at either the NASA Ames Research Center in California's Silicon Valley or the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California.

Read more about the successful 2024 internship applicants

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