Calling all STEM Ambassadors!
The North Dakota Space Grant Consortium (NDSGC) is excited to announce the 2016-2017 Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Ambassador program for undergraduate and graduate students. A STEM Ambassador will assist NDSGC with public outreach events, hands-on projects, and K-12 educational activities. Students will earn $12 per hour, working approximately 40-50 hours per semester. Students must be self- motivated and passionate about STEM education.
STEM Ambassadors will be required to visit the UND campus and attend a training session in the fall where they’ll receive instruction on how to conduct these numerous STEM lesson plans. Students should feel comfortable visiting K-12 schools on their own and leading these activities. STEM Ambassadors will work individually, with other STEM Ambassadors, or with the NDSGC team, depending on the type of outreach event. Education students are highly encouraged to apply.
In order to work as a STEM Ambassador, students must:
- Be enrolled at an NDSGC affiliated college or university
- Have a GPA of at least a 3.0
- Be pursuing a degree in Education or a STEM field.
How to Apply
Please visit ndspacegrant.und.edu/applications/stem-ambassadors-form to apply. Please include:
- One-page essay, describing why you would be a great addition to the NDSGC STEM Ambassador team and any past education/public outreach experience
- Letter of recommendation from a faculty member
- Unofficial transcript
Deadline: Friday, September 2, 2016
Training session: Saturday, September 17, 2016
For questions, please contact Marissa Saad at firstname.lastname@example.org
Chloe Ondracek, Minot State University, Mathematics
I am currently working towards a major in mathematics and a minor in computer science at Minot State University. For as long as I can remember math has been one of my favorite subjects. I always want to know how things work and why things happen and thus one of the reasons I love math so much is because it explains a lot about the world we live in. I started taking courses at MSU as a dual-credit student when I was still in high school and it was then I met my research advisor. I have been performing undergraduate research for about a year and a half and it has been a wonderful, challenging, and enriching experience which has provided me with many opportunities including presenting my work at several different conferences across the country. Research is a building block to what will hopefully be a successful career in math. In my free time I enjoy dancing, traveling, horseback riding, reading, and music.
Anne Longlet, University of North Dakota, Space Studies
Anne received a B.A. in mathematics and physics from Winona State University in May 2013. She decided to pursue a master’s degree in Space Studies at the University of North Dakota starting in August 2013. She is now a second year graduate student and is emphasizing in planetary science. In the summer of 2014, she completed an internship at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center where she worked on a project involving dust mitigation for the James Webb Space Telescope. After graduating from UND, she plans to either pursue a PhD or pursue a career in the aerospace industry.
Ricardo Alfaro Contreras, University of North Dakota, Atmospheric Sciences
I am originally from Denver, CO and I have always had an interest in space. This led me to a BA in Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences from the University of Colorado at Boulder. While an undergraduate, I worked as an intern for the Center for Astrophysics and Space Astronomy as a member of a laboratory team on the LUNAR project, designing and building a mechanism which could deploy future radio telescopes on the surface of the moon. I received my MS from the University of North Dakota in Atmospheric Sciences with a thesis on investigating deficiencies in cloud property retrievals from space-borne satellite sensors due to aerosols suspended above the clouds. My current work involves a long-term study of the above-cloud aerosol phenomena, as well as other-cloud aerosol-interaction studies and atmospheric modeling using the Weather and Research Forecasting model. In my spare time, I love playing sports like football and soccer. I also enjoy spending a beautiful Colorado day outdoors with my family, especially my two year old son.
Brett Sergenain, University of North Dakota, Geography
Brett Sergenian is a 2014 graduate with a Master’s degree in geography from the University of North Dakota. During the summer of 2013, Brett compiled and summarized literature on using remote sensing for groundwater targeting for Dr. Santosh Seelan, who is publishing a paper on the topic. It was a great experience for Brett and he hopes to continue to work with remote sensing data. Currently, Brett is employed in Idaho working with GIS. Brett’s interests include GIS, remote sensing, LiDAR, groundwater data, and spatial statistics.
Karl Williams, University of North Dakota, Space Studies
The fall of 2014 marks the start of my final year as a master’s student in Space Studies. While finishing classes I will be working on my Individual Research Project focusing on the use of super synchronous transfer orbits for satellites traveling from LEO to GEO under the advisement of Professor David Whalen. I am also working as a Graduate Teaching Assistant under Dr. Whalen for the undergraduate introductory course Space Studies 200. I am very excited to begin this last year as it is the last step to beginning my career in a space related field, as well as it should be the most engaging and exciting year yet in my graduate career. Outside of school I like to hunt and fish, and I have recently picked up archery as a new hobby. I enjoy the fall the most, as it is the season during which I get to spend the most time seeing what nature has to offer.