USM Announces Recipients of NASA-Mississippi Space Grant Consortium Scholarships
Wed, 07/12/2023 - 02:05pm | By: Ivonne Kawas
The College of Arts and Sciences at The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) celebrates 25 students who have been awarded Space Grant scholarships through the state-wide NASA-Mississippi Space Grant Consortium (MSSGC) program.
This initiative aims to support students and nurture their passion for science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) disciplines while providing invaluable support for their academic pursuits. The program is designed to encourage and motivate excellence in student performance and to raise awareness of NASA employment and research opportunities among students with relevant majors at USM.
“As the Southern Miss campus coordinator for the NASA-Mississippi Space Grant Consortium, I’m honored to be able to award these scholarships to some of our hardworking STEM students,” said Dr. David Cochran, Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education in the College of Arts and Sciences. “It is gratifying to be part of a statewide initiative that provides much-needed funding to students and promotes participation across the University in some of the many opportunities available through NASA.”
The 2023-2024 NASA-Mississippi Space Grant scholarship recipients include:
- Glenn Trey Anglada, ocean engineering major from Gulfport, Miss.
- Makayla Baines, computer engineering major from Coila, Miss.
- Andrew L. Barbour III, polymer science & engineering major from Alabaster, Ala.
- Joseph Larry Byrd, polymer science & engineering major from Hattiesburg, Miss.
- Sandra Cordova, forensics (criminal justice) major from Jackson, Miss.
- Samuel Crosier, biological sciences major from Vancleave, Miss.
- David Enrique Garcia, polymer science & engineering major from Hattiesburg, Miss.
- Jessie L. Gilmore III, polymer science major from Brookhaven, Miss.
- Jolie Gosier, conservation biology from Bay St. Louis, Miss.
- Amari Harmon, polymer science & engineering from Poplarville, Miss.
- Caleigh Herman, ocean engineering major from Bradenton, Fla.
- Noah Hyche, marine biology major from Long Beach, Miss.
- Shakiya Ingram, ocean engineering from Canton, Miss.
- Claire Klubertanz, marine biology major from Biloxi, Miss.
- Leilanie Martinez, ocean engineering major from Gautier, Miss.
- Alkendria McNair, information technology major from Collins, Miss.
- Ranni Leigh Middleton, polymer science & engineering major from Raleigh, Miss.
- Griffin O'Regan, forensics (criminal justice) major from Meridian, Miss.
- Jalyn Phillips, polymer science & engineering major from Winona, Miss.
- A'Lea Rogers, forensics (chemistry/biochemistry) major from Buckatunna, Miss.
- Evan Smith, biological sciences major from Biloxi, Miss.
- Kaley Speed, forensics (biological science) from Greenville, Miss.
- Alexandria Wadlington, forensics (biological science) major Olive Branch, Miss.
- Maggie Wasilenko, biological sciences major Biloxi, Miss.
- Ember Wilson, polymer science & engineering major from Madison, Miss.
MSSGC is a statewide non-profit organization supported by NASA whose membership includes 17 institutions of higher learning across the state. Headquartered at the University of Mississippi, MSSGC is led by Dr. Nathan Murray, director, and Dr. Earnest Stephens, assistant director. MSSGC provides opportunities for Mississippians who are interested in participating in NASA’s aeronautics and space programs by supporting and enhancing STEM fields, research, and outreach programs. Visit MSSGC for more information.