Baylor/CASPER Graduate Students Earn Prestigious Fellowships

June 19, 2012

Two Baylor graduate students have earned fellowships in support of their doctoral study. Jared Greenwald and Brandon Harris, both doctoral candidates in Baylor's Department of Physics and members of the Center for Astrophysics, Space Physics and Engineering Research (CASPER), were awarded Texas Space Grant Consortium Graduate Fellowships for the 2012-2013 academic year.

TSGC Fellowships are awarded annually to encourage graduate study in science and engineering. Funded by a training grant from NASA, the fellowships provide financial support to students pursuing master's or doctoral degrees at consortium member institutions. A total of 21 students from 16 Texas universities were awarded fellowships in this year's round of funding.

The Texas Space Grant Consortium is a group of 47 government, industry, educational and non-profit institutions in Texas that work to bring the benefits of space research and technology to all Texans. Baylor and CASPER have been involved in TSGC since the organization's formation, with Baylor and CASPER faculty participating in the proposal for the initial NASA block grant which created the consortium.

Baylor University is a private Christian university and a nationally ranked research institution, characterized as having "high research activity" by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The university provides a vibrant campus community for approximately 15,000 students by blending interdisciplinary research with an international reputation for educational excellence and a faculty commitment to teaching and scholarship. Chartered in 1845 by the Republic of Texas through the efforts of Baptist pioneers, Baylor is the oldest continually operating university in Texas. Located in Waco, Baylor welcomes students from all 50 states and more than 80 countries to study a broad range of degrees among its 11 nationally recognized academic divisions. Baylor sponsors 19 varsity athletic teams and is a founding member of the Big 12 Conference.