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2012-2013 Student Fellowship Recipients CONTINUED



Creighton University



Gina GilsonGina Gilson is a junior Biology major at Creighton University. She is researching microbenthic algae in the mudflats of the Duplin Watershed of Sapelo Island, GA. She is utilizing correlations between close-range reflectance patterns and hyperspectral aerial imagery to map the distribution and relative densities of this algae. She is involved at Creighton University as a student coordinator for the University’s Welcome Week program. She is also a member of the Delta Zeta Sorority, Creighton University’s Chamber Choir, CU Stars, Magis Ambassadors and the Honors Program.



Erin BorchersErin Borchers is a senior at Creighton University, majoring in economics and physics with minors in mathematics and business administration.  She was a junior inductee to both Phi Beta Kappa and Alpha Sigma Nu and a finalist for the Rhodes Scholarship.  Her research with Dr. Gintaras Duda of the Creighton Physics Department focuses on using a Monte Carlo simulator to remove the astrophysical uncertainties from dark matter particle analysis, in hopes that this will make results easier to compare from experiment to experiment. 



Daniel McGinnisDaniel McGinnis originally entering Creighton University in 2005, and intended to declare a pre-pharmacy major. However, after taking general chemistry, he decided that he liked the subject enough to declare a chemistry major. The major required taking general physics, and after taking those classes, he decided to make physics his major, keeping chemistry as a secondary major. After graduating in December 2009 with a B.S.Phy, he entered the workforce in Sioux Falls for a year before deciding to enter the master’s program in physics at Creighton, where he continued his research in the field of astrophysics, namely active galaxies. 

Melanie StaraMelanie Stara is a junior at Creighton University pursuing a degree in Elementary Education. She hopes to be a teacher one day so that she can positively influence the lives of as many students as possible. "Teaching is not just something that a teacher does during class time when covering class content material. Teaching is so much more than tests, papers, and instruction time. To be a good teacher is to be a constant example to students and all people. I want to be the kind of teacher that teaches students not only curriculum content, but also important, valuable life lessons. Teaching is not only a profession, but also a calling and vocation."



Lauren BarrLauren Barr is an undergraduate student at Creighton University studying education. Lauren said, "I plan to create an inviting and productive classroom where my students can grow not only as individuals but as a community within our class and throughout the school. I am eager to be a teacher and am excited to continue learning."




NASA LogoClaire McKay is a junior elementary education major at Creighton. She is an Omaha native and went to Marian High School. McKay is involved in a sorority at Creighton and also volunteers with the Jesuit Academy. 



Donald BierDonald Bier is an Education major and a Junior at Creighton University. When he arrived at Creighton he knew he wanted to work with children, but didn't know which path he wanted to take. Donald decided to switch from Exercise Science to Education and has enjoyed the experience and the knowledge that he has gained. 




Meghan PowersMeghan Powers is a Junior at Creighton University. At Creighton, she is pursuing a degree in Elementary Education. "Children are my driving passion in life, and I am excited and ready to pursue a career in this field!" In the picture, she is attending the Creative Mathematics workshop. Meghan is in the middle on the top row.




Brittany TeleckyBrittany Telecky is a Junior at Creighton University, majoring in Elementary Education and "loving every minute of it!" She also plays softball at Creighton University.




Randi ModicaRandi Modica is an elementary education major at Creighton University.  She knew she wanted to be a teacher after teaching swimming lessons and being a mentor for young dancers for a summer.  In the future, she hopes to continue her academic career by pursuing a master’s degree in counseling.


Kelly AmcherKelly Amcher earned a B.S. in Biology from Arizona State University, then chose to go back to school to further her education.  She is currently enrolled in the Master’s of Elementary Education program at Creighton University and is excited to become a teacher.  Attending the Creative Mathematics Workshop was an opportunity made available to her through receiving the NASA Nebraska Space Grant.  Attending this workshop allowed her to see all the tools that are available to teach math effectively to students.


Meredith ChambersMeredith Chambers is a graduate student at Creighton University, pursuing a Master’s in Elementary Education.  She received her Bachelor’s degree from Creighton University in 2011, and she is pursuing further education with the goal of teaching intermediate students in the Omaha area.




Logan GoldbergLogan Goldberg is going to be a senior this fall at Creighton University. She plans to graduate in December 2013 with an Elementary Education Bachelors Degree. She has worked in classrooms in the Omaha Public School District and the Omaha Catholic School District. She will be student teaching in Millard Public Schools this fall in 3rd grade. 




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Western Nebraska Community College



Blake RossBlake Ross is currently studying Computer Science at Western Nebraska Community College, he would like to eventually major in Computer Engineering and become an independent software developer. The project he is working on consists of a Arduino based RC car that is completely autonomous. He is collecting data and control from a simple bluetooth adapter that connects wirelessly to a smartphone. 


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Nebraska Indian Community College

Nebraska Indian Community College





Brian MorrisBrian Morris is a sophomore at Nebraska Indian Community College and has a strong interest in Geo Science. With his fellowship research project he hopes to make interesting finds about the water plants that can benefit his community.



Casey SaulCasey Saul is a freshman at Nebraska Indian Community College. Through his fellowship research project with Mr. Hank Miller, Casey hopes to improve his science skills for his professional development and future career goals.



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Chadron State College







Steve WelchSteve Welch is a graduate student in Geology at Chadron State College. He received a BS in Meteorology in 1986 at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. For his fellowship project he will collect and analyze data on the Chadron Dome, a structural feature 17 miles northeast of Chadron, which could be called Nebraska’s largest mountain, albeit buried in the erosional debris of its larger cousins to the west and north. Through careful study of this feature’s structure and stratigraphy he hopes to establish the nature and timing of the uplift which created this easternmost Rocky Mountain.


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 Metropolitan Community College




Josh Gebbie

Josh Gebbie is a recent graduate of Metropolitan Community College (MCC); he will be attending University of Nebraska Omaha in the fall of 2013 as a junior. Josh plans on getting a bachelors degree in Physics from UNO. Josh worked with Dr. Kendra Sibbernsen doing High Altitude Ballooning, testing solar voltage at different altitudes at MCC. He has sparked the interest of NASA’s Mark D. Moore who has worked for NASA for over 25 years performing conceptual design studies of advanced aircraft. They are planning on working together to test new solar paneling measuring efficiency at high altitudes along with Dr. Kendra Sibbernsen in the 2013-2014 school year.