TWU Student To Discuss
Her NASA Experience
DENTON — Texas
Woman’s University sophomore Kimberly Beck will discuss her
experience as a National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
research trainee and her work on a project to grow wheat in microgravity
Oct. 22 from 3-4 p.m. in room 203 of the Classroom and Faculty Office
Building. Admission is free and the public is invited. For information,
call (940) 898-2351.
Beck was the only student
from Texas assisting NASA scientists with biology, ecology and spaceflight
research this summer as part of a six-week traineeship program at
the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The biology major from Seymour
was one of 30 college students throughout the United States and
Canada selected for NASA's Space Flight and Life Sciences Training
Center program. The experiment Kim worked on, an irrigation system
for plants in space, will fly with the space shuttle Discovery in
“It was a world
of firsts for me,” Beck said about her traineeship. “I’m
from this little farm. I’d never even seen an airplane up
close before. But there I was at NASA, standing in the Vehicle Assembly
Building with the space shuttle.”
Trainees spent their
mornings working on research projects and their afternoons in lectures.
Beck said the experience reinforced her admiration for education
and helped her decide to pursue a career in teaching.
To qualify for the NASA
program, students must have completed two semesters of college,
be a science major and have at least a 3.0 grade-point-average,
among other requirements. Beck has a 4.0 GPA.
For Further Information
Director of News and Information
Tel: (940) 898-3456