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GSFC Summer Research Associate 2019 Presentations

Presenter: Goddard Center for Astrobiology (GCA) - NASA Astrobiology Institute
When: August 9, 2019 10AM PDT

Undergraduate Research Associates in Astrobiology: End-of Term Research Presentations

The GCA sponsors a summer program (URAA) in which talented undergraduate students conduct cutting-edge research under the direction of GCA scientist-mentors. The students present summaries of their research objectives and findings during an end-of-term session delivered both locally and streamed to the astrobiology community as a whole.

The Class of 2019 will present on Friday, August 9th at 1-2 PM EDT in Building 34, Room W130. The Agenda is given below. You are invited to attend, either locally or remotely.


Acid Weathering: Analogue Analysis using Terrestrial Acid Lakes and Basalt Clay Synthesis

Elizabeth Cobb (University of Arkansas)
Mentor: Dr. Heather Graham

Polymerization of Amino Acids under plausible Early Earth Conditions

Juliana Drozd (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
Mentor: Dr. Eric Parker

Detection of Organic Molecules in Mars-Relevant Material

Maxwell Craddock (Virginia Tech)
Mentor: Dr. James Lewis

Method for the Analysis of Meteoritic Amides

Jose Ramirez-Colon (University of Puerto-Rico)
Mentor: Dr. Jose Aponte

Fast Atmospheric Retrievals with PSG

Carlos Munoz Romero (Grinnell College)
Mentor: Dr. Geronimo Villanueva

Fluorescent Detection of Microbes: Higher Sensitivity Advances in Planetary Protection

Erin Frates (University of Rhode Island)
Mentor: Melissa Floyd

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GSFC Summer Internship

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