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Physics faculty congratulate the 2018 NASA Fellowship winners: Dr. Joseph Wiest, Richard Calo, Luke Feldhake, Baylee Senator, Michael Winston, Spencer Rodgers, Virginia Martin, Justin Bibey, Dr. DeLaney, Dominic Lough, Dr. Popson, Dr. Reynolds

We are a member of the NASA West Virginia Space Grant Consortium, Each October, NASA awards $1000 fellowships to eleven of our students (freshmen preferred). Our students have priority for summer internships at NASA sites such as NASA Langley and the Independent Verification and Validation site in Fairmont. NASA provides technical advice for our Space Club to build payloads that are launched from NASA rockets. In addition, NASA engineers visit to speak to our students.

2018 NASA Fellowship winners

October 1, 2018. The NASA WV Space Grant Consortium has awarded NASA Fellowships to eleven of Wesleyan’s students. The announcement was made today by Dr. Joseph Wiest, Professor of Physics. Winners are paid a stipend to work on a research project. “Winners are selected based on their academic record and their commitment to a discipline of interest to NASA,” said Dr. Wiest, who also serves as a member of the NASA Board.


NASA supports Wesleyan’s Space Club. Members worked on this year’s Space Flight Design Challenge. The objective was to detect radiation from outer space. The team built a payload on a printed circuit board. They participated in regular design reviews with engineers at NASA-Fairmont, just like NASA engineers.

Science Public Outreach Team

SPOT’s purpose is for college students to give science presentations to elementary, middle, and high school kids. This allows kids to interact with real college students and it gives the college students valuable training in science outreach and public speaking.

Wesleyan has eight new SPOT ambassadors this year—Justin Bibey, Elizabeth Meier, Bobbi Mitchell, Ethan Randolph, Eric Roy, Baylee Senator, Andrew Wilhelm, and Michael Winston.

The SPOT team attended the annual get-together at the Green Bank Observatory, where they trained to give new presentations and traded advice about giving public science presentations.

Universe in the Park

This year, our SPOT team sponsored several Universe-in-the-Park events at Stonewall Resort. Two students, Elizabeth Meier and Ethan Randolph, gave a presentation about the Sun. They discussed research at the Green Bank telescope facility, backyard astronomy, and recent discoveries in astronomy.

Participants viewed the Moon and several planets through our large Dobsonian telescope. And they hiked through our planet walk, which is a scale-model of the Solar System.