Young Scientist Program

The BMSIS Young Scientist Program (YSP) provides opportunities for students to participate in basic research, learn about effective science communication, and develop critical ethical thinking. BMSIS conducts two such programs:

  • The “The NASA/BMSIS Young Scientist Program in Space Biosciences” is a collaboration between NASA Ames Research Center Space Biosciences Division and BMSIS in developing the next generation of Space Biology professionals, which focuses on post-bachelors and pre-doctoral students.
  • The “The BMSIS Young Scientist Program,” which focuses on undergraduate students (or equivalent) is a typically unpaid online-only program with the same requirements as the NASA program, except that science mentors are BMSIS scientists instead of NASA Space Biology scientists.

YS’s may work on-site or remotely, depending on the needs of the project, mentor, and YS. Funding is available for some projects (see the list here) but not all. Unpaid YS projects will last nominally a maximum of three months. Funded YS positions may last longer. NASA/BMSIS YS’s not pursuing a doctoral degree may remain YS’s for a period of 5 years. NASA/BMSIS YS Doctoral students will remain YS’s up to their defense date.

| 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

Alexander Adranly  

Education: B.S. Computer Science & Engineering (Santa Clara University, in progress)
Advisor: Dr. Patricia Parsons-Wingerther (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

Theresa Chu  

Education: B.S. Biochemistry (Santa Clara University, in progress)
Advisor: Dr. Milena Popovic (NASA Ames)
Location: Mountain View, California

Alexander Ellingson  

Education: M.S. Biomedical Engineering (Arizona State University 2015)
Advisor: Dr. Milena Popovic (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

Moniece Gothard

Education: M.S. Clinical Psychology (Notre Dame de Namur University 2015)
Advisor: Dr. Ann-Sofie Schreur (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

Shiyin Lim  

Education: B.S. Biomedical Engineering (Santa Clara University, in progress)
Advisor: Dr. Patricia Parsons-Wingerther (NASA Ames)
Location: Mountain View, California

Stephanie Meursing  

Education: M.S. Geology (San Jose State University, in progress)
Advisor: Dr. Tom Bristow (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

Ramsey Nissan  

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

Marina Predovic  

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

Oscar Roque

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

Sneha Ramesh  

Education: B.S. Computer Science (Santa Clara University, in progress)
Advisor: Dr. Patricia Parsons-Wingerther (NASA Ames)
Location: Mountain View, California

Sarah Sahota  

Education: M.S. Chemical Engineering (San Jose State University, in progress)
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

Brian Smith

Advisor: Dr. Sharmila Bhattacharya (NASA Ames)
Location: Mountain View, California

Sonette Steczina

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

Olivia Stimpel

Education: B.S. Kinesiology (West Valley, in progress)
Advisor: Dr. Elizabeth Blaber (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

Samantha Torres

Education: Masters in Public Health (San Francisco State University, in progress)
Advisor: Dr. Ruth Globus (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

 
 

Photo Credit: NASA Ames; Dominic Hart


BMSIS YOUNG SCIENTIST PROGRAM

Abhijeet Anand

Education: M.S. Physics (Indian Institute of Science 2017)
Advisor: Dr. Dimtra Atri (BMSIS)
Location: Bengaluru, India

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

Theresa Chu

Education: B.S. Biochemistry (Santa Clara University, in progress)
Advisor: Dr. Milena Popovic (BMSIS)
Location: San Jose, California

Spandan Dash

Education: B.S. Research (Indian Institute of Science, in progress)
Advisors: Dr. Jacob Haqq-Misra & Dr. Eddie Schwieterman (BMSIS)
Location: Bangalore, India

Anna Donovan

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

Prashansa Gupta

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

Grishma Gupte

Education: B.S. Biotechnology (Mithbai College, in progress)
Advisor: Dr. Sanjoy Som (BMSIS)
Location: Mumbai, India

Wallis Kinney

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

Vigneshwaran Krishnamurthy  

Education: M.S. Aerospace Engineering (Indian Institute of Technology, in progress)
Advisor: Dr. Afshin Khan (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

Jonathan Mendes

Education: B.S. Astronomy (University of São Paulo, in progress)
Advisor: Dr. Afshin Khan (BMSIS)
Location: São Paulo, Brazil

Elizabeth Miller

Education: B.A. Biology (Bard College, in progress)
Advisor: Dr. Laurie Barge (BMSIS)
Location: Seattle, Washington

Fernando Favoretti Vital do Prado

Education: B.S. Information Systems (University of São Paulo 2017)
Advisor: Dr. Rafael Loureiro (BMSIS)
Location: São Paulo, Brazil

Francisco Gutierrez Ramirez

Education: B.S. Biology (Santa Clara University, in progress)
Advisor: Dr. Andro Rios (BMSIS)
Location: San Jose, California

Hadeel Saad

Education: B.S. Biology (George Washington University, in progress)
Advisor: Dr. Andro Rios (BMSIS)
Location: Washington, DC

Ricardo Torchio

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

Tara Vega

Education: B.S. Environmental Science (Oakland University, in progress)
Advisor: Dr. Afshin Khan (BMSIS)
Location: Rochester, Michigan

Ertem Vehid

Education: M.S. Wind Energy Engineering (Technical University of Denmark, in progress)
Advisor: Dr. Dimitra Atri (BMSIS)
Location: Seattle, Washington

 

Recipients of the BMSIS Young Scientist Program Certificate of Accomplishment

Iman Hamid

Year: 2016
Advisor: Dr. Sharmila Bhattacharya (NASA Ames)

Mohit Nalavadi  

Year: 2016
Advisor: Dr. Joshua Alwood (NASA Ames)

Rodrigo Abans

Advisor: Dr. Ivan Lima (BMSIS)
Year: 2016

Vigneshwaran Krishnamurthy  

Advisor: Dr. Dimitra Atri (BMSIS)
Year: 2016

Joshua Kreisel

Advisor: Dr. Jacob Haqq-Misra (BMSIS)
Year: 2016

Julia Sullivan

Advisor: Marlin (Ben) Schuetz (METI International)
Year: 2016

Sara Bruhns  

Year: 2015
Advisor: Dr. Jacob Haqq-Misra (BMSIS)

Gokce Senger  

Year: 2015
Advisor: Dr. Betul Kacar (BMSIS)

Anuti Joshi  

Year: 2015
Advisor: Dr. Dimitra Atri (BMSIS)

Sneha Shirsat  

Year: 2015
Advisor: Dr. Dimitra Atri (BMSIS)

Jessica Nunez  

Year: 2014
Advisor: Dr. Laurie Barge (JPL/BMSIS)

 

Click here for more information on applying to our Young Scientist Program


Resources and Recommended Reading

National Academies – On being a Scientist: a guide to responsible conduct in research

Matt Abrahams – Speaking up without Freaking out

Randy Olson – Don’t be such a scientist

Peter Feibelman – A PhD is not enough

Adam Grant – Originals: how non-conformists move the world