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CSU Student Selected as NASA Scholar

Cal State Fullerton's Jonathan Bernald
Cal State Fullerton's Jonathan Bernal was selected as one of 100 students nation-
wide for NASA's MUST program.

October 2, 2009
By Teresa Ruiz

While African Americans, Latinos, and Native Americans constitute roughly 30 percent of the overall undergraduate student population in the U.S., a recent report by the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering reveals these students receive only about 12 percent of the degrees awarded in engineering.  One CSU student is participating in a highly selective National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) program targeted at increasing those numbers to gain more diversity in Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics fields.

Jonathan Bernal, a sophomore at Cal State Fullerton, is one of only 100 students selected nationwide, and the only CSU student, selected to participate in NASA’s Motivating Undergraduates in Science and Technology (MUST) Project. Jonathan recently returned from a five-day symposium held in Orlando, FL at the NASA Kennedy Space Center. “21st Century Leadership Skills” was the kick-off event for a year-round mentoring and tutoring support program Jonathan and the other awardees will receive, in addition to academic scholarships of up to $10,000 each.  The event included workshops on technical and proposal writing by current engineering deans, personal financial training from a CNN financial analyst, scholar presentations on NASA summer internships, and a Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) strategy session by the Princeton Review.

Awardees will also be provided with a paid internship in their chosen field, and the chance to renew their internships and scholarships for up to three years if students continue to meet academic requirements. 

The MUST Project, funded by the NASA, is a joint partnership between the Hispanic College Fund, the United Negro College Fund Special Programs and the Society for Hispanic Professional Engineers.