Kramarz has been selected as one of 171 community college students from across the U.S. to be part of the NCAS onsite experience.
The five-week online activity culminates with a four-day on-site event at a NASA Center and offers students the opportunity to interact with NASA engineers and others as they learn more about careers in science and engineering. While at NASA, students form teams and establish fictional companies interested in Mars exploration. Each team is responsible for developing and testing a prototype rover, forming a company infrastructure, managing a budget, and developing communications and outreach.
NASA Community College Aerospace Scholars is an activity funded in part by the Minority University Research and Education Program, or MUREP, which is committed to engaging underrepresented and underserved students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in authentic learning experiences to sustain a diverse workforce.
With this activity, NASA continues the agency’s tradition engaging the nation in NASA’s mission.
“NCAS not only inspires community college students to advance in STEM fields, but it also opens doors for future careers at NASA. NCAS has a legacy of alumni moving from NASA internships to and ultimately entering the NASA workforce. It is rewarding to see the progression of a student from NCAS participant to NASA colleague,” Joeletta Patrick, Minority University Research and Education Project (MUREP) Manager
Jennifer Kramarz graduated from Hoehne High School in the spring of 2016 and became a full time Trinidad State Junior College student in August of that year. But Kramarz is no stranger to the TSJC Campus. She took college classes at Trinidad State while still in high school and was a member of the college Robotics Team in her senior year.
She is a self-taught artist and was a member of her high school speech team. Kramarz is a member of the National Honor Society, Future Business Leaders of America, Future Farmers of America and the Hoehne High School Student Council.
Kramarz is also a Kane Scholar — a scholarship that is worth more than $35,000 and pays for up to two years at Trinidad State and two years at the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs.
For more on MUREP visit www.nasa.gov/education/murep