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Graduate Students Kaiyu Guan and Kang Sun Receives the 2012 NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship (NESSF)

We are happy to announce that graduate students Kaiyu Guan and Kang Sun are recipients of the 2012 NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship (NESSF) program.

The four research programs of the Science Mission Directorate (SMD) at NASA Headquarters consist of Earth Science Research, Heliophysics Research, Planetary Science Research, and Astrophysics Research.  Each of these four divisions make respective selection of applications for award on a competitive basis. Criteria for  evaluation included: (a) the scientific merit of the proposed research; (b) the relevance of the proposed research to NASA’s objectives in Earth or space science; and (c) academic excellence based upon an applicant's transcripts, the letter of recommendation by the student's academic advisor, and the degree to which it supported the proposed research.

The purpose of the NESSF is to ensure continued training of a highly qualified workforce in disciplines required to achieve NASA’s scientific goals. Awards resulting from the competitive selection are made in the form of training grants to the respective universities and educational institutions, with the faculty advisor serving as the principal investigator.

Kaiyu and Kang each received a fellowship in the Earth Science Research category:

Kaiyu Guan (Student); Eric Wood (Advisor); Princeton University
Predicting Vegetation Phenology of African Savanna Ecosystems in a Changing Climate

Kang Sun (Student); Mark Zondlo (Advisor); Princeton University
Validation of TES Ammonia Using an Open-Path Quantum Cascade Laser Based Spectrometer

Congratulations to both on the award.