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American trip for NASA interns

02 December 2013

Rachel Atkinson

Three students to exhibit research in San Francisco after successful summer placement

A trio of University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) students has been invited to attend a prestigious scientific exhibition in America after a successful summer internship at NASA.

Undergraduates Sam Loughlin and Robert McLaughlin, along with Masters student Chris Rowley, will be flying out to San Francisco in early December to attend the American Geophysical Union’s 46th annual autumn conference.

They will be showcasing the research highlights from their ten week summer placement at NASA and will be networking with earth and space scientists, academics, students and a host of enthusiasts.

"We were given a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to research with top scientists at an awe-inspiring place like NASA. We couldn’t have asked for more from a placement.”

NASA students

During the summer months 20-year-old astrophysics student Chris spent his time researching the effects of cosmic rays while Sam, a software engineering student, investigated space weather and data on a technical project. Electronic engineering student Robert, from Preston, analysed noise filtering and very low frequency radio signals.

Chris, from Swindon, said: “The summer internship was absolutely fantastic. We were given a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to research with top scientists at an awe-inspiring place like NASA. We couldn’t have asked for more from a placement.”

Twenty-year-old Sam, who is in his final year and hails from Manchester, said: “To go back to America and take part in this global exhibition is great. There will be so many interesting things to see and do, as well as talk to fellow engineers.”

They were the only non-American based students out of the 10 chosen who attended NASA in the summer.

Third year Robert, 22, added: “We can’t thank the University enough for the support they’ve given us. To be able to go to America to work with NASA, then fly out to attend this conference is phenomenal. We’re all thinking about our future employment so to have this on our CVs is a real boost.”