Advertisement

We need your help now

Support from readers like you keeps The Journal open.

You are visiting us because we have something you value. Independent, unbiased news that tells the truth. Advertising revenue goes some way to support our mission, but this year it has not been enough.

If you've seen value in our reporting, please contribute what you can, so we can continue to produce accurate and meaningful journalism. For everyone who needs it.

p_a_h via Flickr/Creative Commons
Summer

Two Irish students are spending their summer with Nasa

They’re off on an exclusive research programme.

THERE’LL BE A tricolour raised on the moon before you know it.

Two Irish students have been picked to spend their summer holidays working on research projects with Nasa.

Lauren McKeown, a PhD student at Trinity College Dublin, and Conor O’Toole, a Masters student at University College Dublin, have been selected for an internship programme at the agency’s research centre in Silicon Valley, California.

The placement is the result of a partnership between Nasa and the Irish Research Council.

The pair will spent 10 weeks working alongside other interns on new projects.

Both have a keen interest in space. O’Toole, who is studying Space Science and Technology, is planning a PhD in space-based gravitational wave astronomy (as you do).

McKeown is currently working with her college’s Earth and Planetary Surface Processes Research Group. She has had a lifelong interest in joining Nasa in the area of planetary science.

She’s hoping to help lay the groundwork for more Irish scientists to follow in her footsteps.

McKeown hopes to “eventually be in a position to help provide a platform for future Irish physics students to follow their interests in planetary science”.

There has been a push in recent years for more Irish students to study science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).

One survey found roughly half of students considered them to be either too difficult to would require too much work.

Researchers suggested that stereotypes could still be holding students back.

Read: It has been 45 years since Apollo 13 had a problem >

More: This astronaut’s amazing NASA portrait just needs to be seen >

Readers like you are keeping these stories free for everyone...
A mix of advertising and supporting contributions helps keep paywalls away from valuable information like this article. Over 5,000 readers like you have already stepped up and support us with a monthly payment or a once-off donation.

Your Voice
Readers Comments
19
    Submit a report
    Please help us understand how this comment violates our community guidelines.
    Thank you for the feedback
    Your feedback has been sent to our team for review.