Young Scientist Program

BMSIS is pioneering a new Young Scientist Program. Alongside cutting-edge scientific investigations, students are also exposed to training in Communication as well as Ethics.

The modern scientist requires excellent communication skills. It is increasingly necessary for scientists to clearly communicate the value of their science to the public and to policy makers, to write compelling proposals for funding, and to communicate their findings at scientific conferences. Communication is thus a pivotal skill in the success of a scientific career.

Modern science can also touch the sensitivity of society at large, from climate change to evolution, and countless other topics. The modern scientist thus needs to have the skills to place his or her work in a modern media-rich environment and think about the societal implications of their research.

BMSIS Young Scientists may work on-site or remotely, depending on the needs of the project, mentor, and Young Scientist. Funding is available for some projects (see the list here) but not all. Young Scientist positions will last nominally a maximum of three months. Funded positions may last longer. BMSIS runs its own Young Scientist Program (“The BMSIS Young Scientist Program“) and also manages a collective of Young Scientists at NASA Ames Research Center (“The NASA/BMSIS Young Scientist Program in Space Biosciences“).

| Download the BMSIS Young Scientist Program handbook | Download the BMSIS YSP Certificate Checklist |


NASA/BMSIS YOUNG SCIENTIST PROGRAM IN SPACE BIOSCIENCES

Mastewal Abate

Education: B.S. Biochemistry (Notre Dame de Namur University 2013)
Advisor: Dr. George Cooper (NASA Ames)
Location: Mountain View, California

Margareth Cheng-Campbell  

Education: M.S. Bioengineering (Santa Clara University, in progress)
Advisor: Dr. Eduardo Almeida (NASA Ames)
Location: Mountain View, California

Christina Cheung

Education: B.S. Biology (UC Irvine 2014)
Advisor: Dr. Sharmila Bhattacharya (NASA Ames)
Location: Mountain View, California

Catherine Choi  

Education: B.A. Molecular and Cell Biology (UC Berkeley, in progress)
Advisor: Dr. Joshua Alwood (NASA Ames)
Location: Mountain View, California

Palmer Fliss

Education: M.S. Geobiology (University of Minnesota 2014)
Advisor: Dr. Milena Popovic (NASA Ames)
Location: Mountain View, California

Cameron Hearne

Education: B.S. Microbial Biology (UC Berkeley 2014)
Advisor: Dr. Niki Parenteau (NASA Ames)
Location: Mountain View, California

Eric Moyer

Education: B.S. Biomedical Engineering (Ohio State University 2013)
Advisor: Dr. April Ronca (NASA Ames)
Location: Mountain View, California

Matthew Murray  

Education: B.S. Bioengineering (Santa Clara University 2016)
Advisor: Dr. Patricia Parsons-Wingerther (NASA Ames)
Location: Mountain View, California

Mohit Nalavadi  

Education: B.Eng. Biomolecular Engineering (Santa Clara University, in progress)
Advisor: Dr. Joshua Alwood (NASA Ames)
Location: Mountain View, California

Oscar Roque

Education: M.S. Biongineering (Santa Clara University 2015)
Advisor: Dr. Elizabeth Blaber (NASA Ames)
Location: Mountain View, California

Ryan Scott  

Education: M.A. Exercise Physiology (San José State University, in progress)
Advisor: Dr. Joshua Alwood (NASA Ames)
Location: Mountain View, California

Shaelyn Silverman  

Education: B.S. Biology & Neuroscience (University of Colorado, in progress)
Advisor: Dr. Sanjoy Som (NASA Ames)
Location: Mountain View, California

Nicholas J. Thomas  

Education: B.A. Biology (University of Pennsylvania 2014)
Advisor: Dr. Joshua Alwood (NASA Ames)
Location: Mountain View, California

Anastasia Vavilina

Education: B.S. Biochemistry (UC San Diego, in progress)
Advisor: Dr. Sharmila Bhattacharya (NASA Ames)
Location: Mountain View, California

Taia Sean Wu

Education: B.A. Chemistry (Scripps College 2015)
Advisor: Dr. Sigrid Reinsch (NASA Ames)
Location: Mountain View, California

Hongyi Xia  

Education: B.A. Aeronautics and Astronautics (Stanford University, in progress)
Advisor: Dr. Sharmila Bhattacharya (NASA Ames)
Location: Mountain View, California

Josergio Zaragoza

Education: M.S. Bioengineering (Santa Clara University, in progress)
Advisor: Dr. Ruth Globus (NASA Ames)
Location: Mountain View, California

 

Photo Credit: NASA Ames; Dominic Hart


BMSIS YOUNG SCIENTIST PROGRAM

Rodrigo Abans

Education: B.S. Biology (Campinas State University 2013)
Advisor: Dr. Ivan Lima (BMSIS)
Location: São Paulo, Brazil

Fernando Barazzetti

Education: B.S. Biological Sciences (Federal University of Santa Catarina 2014)
Advisor: Dr. Ivan Lima (BMSIS)
Location: Santa Catarina, Brazil

Larissa Cavalcante

Education: B.S. Chemistry (University of São Paulo 2014)
Advisor: Dr. Ivan Lima (BMSIS)
Location: São Paulo, Brazil

Selen Cetin

Education: B.S. Mathematics (Boğaziçi University, in progress)
Advisor: Dr. Dimitra Atri (BMSIS)
Location: Istanbul, Turkey

Anna Donovan

Education: B.S. Chemistry & Biochemistry (Colby College, in progress)
Advisor: Dr. Betul Kacar (BMSIS)
Location: Waterville, Maine

Nourhane El Gendy  

Education: B.S. Aerospace Engineering (Cairo University, in progress)
Advisor: Dr. Dimitra Atri (BMSIS)
Location: Cairo, Egypt

Prashansa Gupta

Education: M.S. Physics (Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, in progress)
Advisor: Dr. Dimitra Atri (BMSIS)
Location: Mohali, India

Wallis Kinney

Education: B.S. Astronomy and Biology (University of Colorado, in progress)
Advisor: Dr. Dimitra Atri (BMSIS)
Location: Boulder, Colorado

Joshua Kreisel

Education: B.S. Biology (University of Central Florida, in progress)
Advisor: Dr. Jacob Haqq-Misra (BMSIS)
Location: Orlando, Florida

Vigneshwaran Krishnamurthy  

Education: M.S. Aerospace Engineering (Indian Institute of Technology, in progress)
Advisor: Dr. Dimitra Atri (BMSIS)
Location: Kanpur, India

Sumeet Kulkarni  

Education: M.S. Physics (Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, in progress)
Advisor: Dr. Sanjoy Som (BMSIS)
Location: Pune, India

Julia Sullivan

Education: B.S. Physics and Astrophysics (University of Birmingham, in progress)
Advisor: Marlin (Ben) Schuetz (METI International)
Location: Boquete Obervatory, Panama

Ricardo Torchio

Education: B.S. Chemistry (University of São Paulo, in progress)
Advisor: Dr. Ivan Lima (BMSIS)
Location: São Paulo, Brazil

 
 

Recipients of the BMSIS Young Scientist Program Certificate of Accomplishment

Sara Bruhns  

Year: 2015
Advisor: Dr. Jacob Haqq-Misra

Gokce Senger  

Year: 2015
Advisor: Dr. Betul Kacar

Anuti Joshi  

Year: 2015
Advisor: Dr. Dimitra Atri

Sneha Shirsat  

Education: M.S. Computer Science and Engineering (Santa Clara University, in progress)
Advisor: Dr. Dimitra Atri
Location: Santa Clara, California

Jessica Nunez  

Year: 2014
Advisor: Dr. Laurie Barge (JPL/BMSIS)
Current Position: Mechanical Engineering student at University of California, Berkeley

 

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