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UND PhD student selected for prestigious NASA fellowship

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I wanted to share with our readers this story which was announced a few days ago. Many congratulations from The Graduate School, Yingxi Shi!

Yingxi Shi, Atmospheric Sciences, aims to boost climate change knowledge

Yingxi Shi, a Ph.D. student in the University of North Department of Atmospheric Sciences, has been selected for the prestigious National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Earth System Science Fellowship (NESSF). The NESSF fellowship awards Yingxi $30,000 per year for up to three years.

The NESSF program sponsors fellowships for students pursuing a master of science or doctoral degree in Earth system science, space science, or related disciplines. The program’s purpose is to ensure continued training of interdisciplinary scientists to support the study of the Earth as a system.

NASA places particular emphasis on the student’s ability to pursue academic training and research using observations and measurements from NASA’s Earth-orbiting satellites. A related objective is to develop inter- or cross-disciplinary research about the Earth system that is not currently emphasized in the research and development portfolio of NASA’s Science Mission Directorate.

Yingxi aims to understand the uncertainties in satellite aerosol products. She’ll use these data to increase our knowledge of the role of aerosols in climate change. She will also develop better aerosol data sets for assimilation into weather and climate models. Yingxi’s graduate advisor is UND atmospheric scientist Jianglong Zhang.

Juan Miguel Pedraza
UND Office of University Relations

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Written by School of Graduate Studies

June 3, 2010 at 3:58 pm

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