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Hendrix Student Selected for NASA Summer Research Program

CONWAY, Ark. (February 27, 2017) – Hendrix College student Ryan Tumminello ’18 has been accepted to the NASA Airborne Science Program’s 9th annual Student Airborne Research Program (SARP)

Tumminello is a chemistry major from St. Louis, Missouri.

The eight-week program provides students with hands-on research experience in all aspects of a major scientific aircraft research campaign, from detailed planning on how to achieve mission objectives to formal presentation of results and conclusions to peers and others. SARP participants will receive a stipend, a travel allowance, free housing and local transportation during the eight-week program.

“SARP is truly an amazing research program that allows students to try their hand at collaborative efforts toward understanding the Earth System using aircraft as a research platform,” said Hendrix chemistry professor Dr. Courtney Hatch, who chairs the College’s Environmental Studies Program and currently holds the Morris and Ann Henry Odyssey Professorship. “I couldn’t be more proud of and excited for Ryan.”

About SARP

SARP students will work in multi-disciplinary teams to study surface, atmospheric, and oceanographic processes. Participants will fly onboard the NASA C-23 Sherpa and assist in the operation of instruments to sample and measure atmospheric gases. They will also use data collected during the program from the NASA ER-2 to image land and water surfaces in multiple spectral bands. Along with airborne data collection, students will participate in taking measurements at field sites. Each student will complete an individual research project from the data collected. Instrument and flight preparations, and the research flights themselves, will take place during the first two weeks of the program at NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center, in Palmdale, California. Post-flight data analysis and interpretation will take place during the final six weeks of the program at the University of California, Irvine.

Watch a video about the program here

About Hendrix College

Hendrix College is a private liberal arts college in Conway, Arkansas. Founded in 1876 and affiliated with the United Methodist Church since 1884, Hendrix is featured in Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think about Colleges and is nationally recognized in numerous college guides, lists, and rankings for academic quality, community, innovation, and value. For more information, visit