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West Brook Student Selected for NASA Internship

Crystal Liu, a West Brook High School student, has been selected for the prestigious NASA Student Enhancement in Earth and Space Science (SEES) summer internship. This highly competitive program, sponsored by NASA and The University of Texas at Austin’s Center for Space Research, offers students the chance to work with scientists and engineers on authentic research projects using data from NASA’s earth-observing satellites. The program is a testament to Crystal's dedication to science, technology, engineering, and math education in the context of earth and space science. 

SEES is a collaborative effort of NASA and The University of Texas at Austin’s Center for Space Research. Students apply for SEES and are selected competitively. The internships are organized around an aerospace or space science theme drawn from NASA’s diverse engineering and scientific research programs. The program combines the strengths of collaborators to enrich the teaching and learning of STEM. 

Almost 2000 applications were received for only 100 virtual internship positions. Students work remotely with their project scientists to conduct hands-on activities and field investigations, collaborate with NASA scientists and engineers through science presentations, and work on various NASA missions. 

Earth is a complex, dynamic system we do not yet fully understand. The Earth system, like the human body, comprises diverse components that interact in complex ways. We strive to understand the Earth's atmosphere, lithosphere, hydrosphere, cryosphere, and biosphere as a single connected system. Our planet is changing on all spatial and temporal scales. The purpose of NASA's Earth Science program is to develop a scientific understanding of Earth's system and its response to natural or human-induced changes and to improve predictions of climate, weather, and natural hazards. 

The selected students will attend the NASA SEES Virtual Symposium on July 22-24 to present their research findings to NASA scientists, engineers, the public, and other NASA SEES participants. 

The SEES internship offers a unique opportunity for students to delve into the world of space science. It's a critical step in enriching their understanding of science, math, engineering, and technology. The internship will provide students the rare – and for most, unique - opportunity to spend the summer working with professional scientists and engineers at the cutting edge of space exploration.


Photo of Crystal Liu wearing a purple shirt.