Morrissey awarded NASA Pennsylvania Space Grant Undergraduate Scholarship


Natalie Morrissey, a Penn State chemical engineering junior and Schreyer Honors Scholar, has been awarded a 2016-17 NASA Pennsylvania Space Grant Undergraduate Scholarship from the Pennsylvania Space Grant Consortium.

The scholarship recognizes students in science, engineering, mathematics and technology who have demonstrated outstanding academic success and who are committed to the advancement of STEM education through mentoring and outreach activities.

Morrissey is currently an undergraduate researcher in Darrell Velegol’s Physics of Community lab and serves as an instructional aid for the Physics of Community class.

A Guided Study Group Leader for organic chemistry, Morrissey also leads weekly study sessions, in which she works with students to build collaborative learning environments and teach problem-solving skills. For her outstanding contributions within the program, she was recently awarded an Outstanding Guided Study Group Leader Award.

In addition to her teaching and mentoring roles, Morrissey will also begin serving as the junior class representative for the Penn State student chapter of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers this fall. As a member of the organization for the past two years, she has provided engineering outreach to children and young adults by conducting experiments and demonstrations at schools and local science programs.

Looking toward the future, Morrissey plans to pursue a potential career in the chemical industry or patent law. To prepare, she is currently completing an internship with Dow Chemical as a process engineering intern in the performance silicones division. She will also begin work on an honors thesis this fall that will focus on using chemical engineering principles to model social decision-making.

In addition to her academic pursuits, Morrissey is interested in reading, writing and public speaking. She plays the flute in the Penn State Campus Orchestra and serves as a mentor for Schreyer Honors College Orientation.

For her contributions to engineering and STEM education, the Pennsylvania Space Grant Consortium has awarded Morrissey $4,000 to be used for academic expenses.

The Pennsylvania Space Grant was established in 1989 as a component of NASA's National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program. The organization is comprised of fourteen public and private universities and colleges working together with industry and precollege partners to increase Pennsylvania's participation in the economic, educational, and scientific benefits of our nation's space program.

The Space Grant mission is to expand opportunities for Americans to learn about and participate in NASA's aeronautics and space programs by supporting and enhancing science and engineering education, research and outreach programs.


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