The Space Science Data Operations Office (SSDOO) again hosted summer interns from various education programs supported by the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) and the Hughes STX Corporation. Fifteen students from different colleges and universities across the country and several local high schools joined permanent staff members for six to eight weeks to work on various astrophysics, space physics, and data management tasks. There was also one returning college professor and two high school teachers.
Summer interns from left to right. Top row: Thomas, Walcott, Bryan Mendez, Ahmasi Harris, Sachin Singhal, Dante Lee, Vivek Dwivedi, Aron Rachamim, David Robinson, and Keith Blue. Second row: Julia Plummer, Ben Kleber, Sarah Geitz, Monica Bryson, Rashea McCall, Bill Pine, and Andrew Young.
The interns were greeted by Dr. James L. Green and others in a welcoming pizza party. They were given an orientation package nicely prepared by Margie Pasini and shown an intern-specific Web page designed by Vivek Dwivedi and Carolyn Ng. Throughout the summer, besides working hard on the projects, these interns participated in HTML classes, a CD-ROM demonstration, a tour of the Visualization Laboratory and Computing Facility in Building 28, and a picnic on a 90-some degree afternoon.
Toward the end of their stay, the interns proudly made their final presentations to their program coordinators, mentors, and the SSDOO staff. The results were impressive. "The structure of the [magnetospheric] cusp has never been studied before," commented Dr. Green on one of the presentations. "By developing a model we now have a tool to better understand the solar wind-magnetosphere interaction process."
While assisting permanent staff in blazing new trails in research and development, many interns were able to complete small but well-defined projects within their short stay. Their energy, enthusiasm, and willingness to work and to learn helped create a positive experience for all who were involved.
SSDOO certainly hopes to continue this wonderful tradition of mentoring and internship in summer 1998 or perhaps throughout the year. To find out more about the various education programs at Goddard, please contact Nathan James of the SSDOO or Daniel Krieger of the GSFC Equal Employment Opportunity Office.
SSDOO Interns and Their Accomplishments
Erin D. Gardner, firstname.lastname@example.org, (301) 286-0163
Hughes STX, Code 633, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Greenbelt, MD 20771, U.S.A.