Hope College Receives 18 New Michigan Space Grant Consortium Awards

Faculty, staff, and students from Hope College received 18 new Michigan Space Grant Consortium (MSGC) awards totaling $78,485 for 2021-2022!  Details regarding the individual projects appear below. 

MSGC creates, develops, and promotes programs to reflect the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) strategic interests and support cooperation between academia, industry, state and local governments in science and technology in Michigan. 

Congratulations to our faculty, staff, and students on their MSGC awards!  And a special kudos to Peter Gonthier, Hope’s MSGC Affiliate Representative, who works tirelessly all year in promoting MSGC programs to our campus community. 

ProgramLast NameFirst NameMentorProject TitleAward
Education ProgramsDummerCarrieEngineering the Future Academies$15,000
Education ProgramsIpri BrownSusanPreparing STEM Teachers$15,000
Research SeedElinskiMeaganMultifaceted Surface Coatings from Composite Dry Lubrication Schemes$ 5,000
Undergraduate FellowshipBoltzLindseyNatalia Gonzalez-PechDesign of Nanomaterials for Enhanced Sensing, Extraction, and Recycling of Lithium$ 3,000
Undergraduate FellowshipBryanLaurenMichael PhilbenUronic Acid Content of Sphagnum as a Proxy for the Response of Peatlands to Climate Change$ 3,000
Undergraduate FellowshipDavenportStevenNatalia Gonzalez-PechSynthesis of Titanium Dioxide Nanoparticles for Solar Disinfection from Aqueous Solutions$ 3,000
Undergraduate FellowshipDiephuisWilliamNatalia Gonzalez-PechSynthesis of Zirconium Oxide-Based Nanomaterials to Catalyze Oxygen Reduction in PEM Fuel Cells$ 3,000
Undergraduate FellowshipGagnierBridgetBrooke OdleDeveloping and Validating a Sensor Fusion Algorithm$ 2,985
Undergraduate FellowshipHarlowBlakeDarin StephensonStreamlining and Validating Algorithms for Constructing Digital Elevation Models of Lake Michigan Dune Imagery$ 3,000
Undergraduate FellowshipKowalskiJacobMatthew SmithInvestigating Cinnamate Functionalized Liquid Crystal Oligomers for Facile Material Synthesis and Alignment$ 3,000
Undergraduate FellowshipMandevilleJamesJeff Christiansmisovich@hope.edu$ 3,000
Undergraduate FellowshipMcLindenMollyKelly RonaldEcotoxicity of the Nanoparticle: Changes in the behavior and physiology of the house sparrow (Passer domesticus)$ 3,000
Undergraduate FellowshipMolloyAnnaNatalia Gonzalez-PechSynthesis of nanomaterials for urea removal from aqueous solutions$ 3,000
Undergraduate FellowshipPorterTristanNatalia Gonzalez-PechSynthesis of ZnO and Fe2O3 nanomaterials as Antibacterial Agent$ 3,000
Undergraduate FellowshipShawRachelMichael PhilbenDetermination of the Bioavailability of Organic Nitrogen in the Decomposition of Peat Moss $ 3,000
Undergraduate FellowshipSherrardMorganKelly RonaldChromatic contrast of avian plumage is altered in forests subjected to increased deer browsing$ 3,000
Undergraduate FellowshipVanceWilliamPeter GonthierDeveloping efficient code for computing spin-dependent Compton cross section in magnetar magnetospheres$ 3,000
MSGC AffiliateGonthierPeterMSGC Affiliate Budget$ 1,500

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