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2013 Annual Science Report

NASA Ames Research Center Reporting  |  SEP 2012 – AUG 2013

EPO Activity: Summer Intern Program Focuses on Curriculum Development and Research

Project Progress

Since 2011, the Ames Team has hosted Astrobiology EPO/research student interns during the summer. This year, Rachel Harris, a senior at Wellesley College, joined the Ames team for her second summer and provided research and education assistance for a 10-week period.

Harris’s interest in early Earth geobiology and previous summer research experience with the MIT NAI Team enabled her to make substantial contributions to the Ames Team.

Harris’s responsibilities and accomplishments from June – August 2012 were many – Helped Ames Team advance their microbiology and geochemistry work at Lassen Volcanic National Park, CA – Enhanced lab and field astrobiology curriculum offered to Astrobiology Student Interns at Red Bluff High School, CA – Assisted in further developing and evaluating Lassen Astrobiology Intern Program from a college student’s perspective – Hosted astrobiology booth at Lassen’s Dark Sky Festival.

Figure 1: Summer intern Rachel Harris shares her enthusiasm for science with a 5th grade student at the Lassen Volcanic National Park Dark Sky Festival.