CITY, S.D. (Dec. 3, 2013) – Jesse Hinricher, a chemical engineering and
chemistry major at the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology, has been
awarded a $10,700 stipend from the South Dakota Space Grant Consortium for a
16-week NASA internship at Kennedy Space Center.
a junior from Pipestone, Minn., will begin his work in Florida in January.
I have always been fascinated with
space, and NASA has always appealed to me,” Hinricher said. “I grew up being a
fan of “Star Wars,” and when I found out that I could apply for an internship with
NASA, I jumped on the chance. This internship will allow me the opportunity to
contribute to the space program and gain valuable research experience.”
With a full semester internship,
Hinricher’s is the largest award among the 38 students from six universities in
South Dakota who have received NASA funding for internships, research or
scholarships this year. Half of those recipients attend the School of Mines.
“We are very proud of Jesse and our
other students who are continuing our long-established relationship with NASA,” said Mines
President Heather Wilson.
The South Dakota Space Grant Consortium,
headquartered at the School of Mines, is a statewide network of 19 member
organizations from education, industry and government. As the link between NASA
and the citizens of South Dakota, the consortium’s mission is to instill the
spirit of exploration and discovery in students, educators and the general
public, with a special focus on the fields of science, technology, engineering
and mathematics (STEM) that are essential for the development of the nation’s
Space Grant offers hands-on, tangible
research experiences to student researchers at NASA Centers and aerospace
industries such as by funding this internship at Kennedy Space Center. Space Grant
also provides scholarships to students to conduct STEM-related educational and
research projects on campus.
in 1885, the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology is a science and
engineering research university located in Rapid City, S.D., offering
bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. The university enrolls 2,640
students from 45 states and 37 countries, with a student-to-faculty ratio of
14:1. The average starting salary for graduates is $62,400 with a 98 percent
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