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CSA scholarships send Canadian students to NASA

Saint-Hubert, QC April 15, 2003 Three Canadian university students have been awarded prestigious scientific scholarships by the Canadian Space Agency’s Space Science Program to participate in summer training programs at NASA facilities in Florida and California.

Erin Everett, from Acadia University in Nova Scotia, was chosen as the 2003 recipient of the CSA’s Space Exploration Astrobiology Scholarship. Everett will participate in the NASA Astrobiology Academy, a ten-week summer internship at the Ames Research Center in California. The academy affords students the opportunity to gain an understanding of what makes a space mission possible by participating in a mentorship program, individual research, a rigorous lecture series, and a group project.

Basil Hubbard, from the University of Ottawa, and Deepti Damaraju, from the University of Alberta, were selected to receive the CSA’s 2003 Spaceflight and Life Sciences Training Program Scholarship allowing them to take part in a six-week program held at the John F Kennedy Space Center in Florida. They will participate in the conceptualization, preparation, pre- and post-flight testing, data analysis and report preparation phases of simulated space flight experiments, as well as in NASA Life Sciences research.

Established in 1989 with its headquarters situated in Saint-Hubert, QC, the Canadian Space Agency coordinates all aspects of the Canadian space program. Through its space knowledge, applications and industry development business lines, the CSA delivers services involving earth and the environment; space science; human presence in space; satellite communications; space technology; space qualification services; and space awareness and education.