Santa Clarita student lands internship with NASA

A Santa Clarita High School student finished the 2022 school year ready to pursue discovery beyond Earth’s surface — with a coveted nationwide NASA summer internship.

Katelyn Waugh, a student at Trinity Classical Academy in Santa Clarita, is one of 1,100 students who applied for the STEM Enhancement in Earth and Space Science held at the University of Texas at the Center for Space Research of Austin, and was among 92 nominees from around the world who were selected.

“We strive to understand Earth’s atmosphere, lithosphere, hydrosphere, cryosphere, and biosphere as a single, connected system,” read a NASA statement. “Our planet is changing on all spatial and temporal scales. The goal of NASA’s Earth Science program is to develop a scientific understanding of the Earth system and its response to natural or human-induced changes, and to improve the prediction of climate, weather, and hazard. natural.

The nationally coveted program, sponsored by NASA’s Texas Space Grant Consortium, selects students with a passion for science, technology, engineering and mathematics to work alongside scientists and engineers in a quest for discovery beyond the face of the earth.

About the intern

Through a program that analyzes both Earth and space, Waugh plans to conduct authentic research using data received from NASA’s Earth observation satellites, while designing Mars habitats, expanding the lunar exploration and analyzing images from the International Space Station, according to NASA.

During the two week programthe student-athlete must conduct hands-on activities, field investigations, attend NASA-led presentations, and work on various NASA missions.

The 16-year-old Trinity Classical Academy basketball and tennis player has a history of accomplishment, especially with her work winning a Silver Award for Santa Clarita Girl Scout Troop 186 in a project which attracted media attention during the 2020 fire season.

While making progress in her athletic and educational goals, the internship at NASA is Waugh’s next step in reaching her desired potential as a student and researcher.

“The SEES internship proves that the enthusiasm students feel for space science is a critical step in enriching science, math, engineering, and technology,” reads an internship description from The NASA. “The internship will provide students with the rare – and for the most part, unique – opportunity to spend two weeks working with professional scientists and engineers at the forefront of space exploration.”

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