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Jesse Hinricher awarded $10K for NASA internship
Release Date Tuesday, December 3, 2013

RAPID 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.

Hinricher, 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 workforce.

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.  


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