MONTPELIER, Vt. – Community College of Vermont (CCV) Montpelier student David Demasi has been selected to participate in NASA’s Community College Aerospace Scholars program at the Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia in mid-October. The five-day workshop represents the second phase of the program, with students invited to attend based on their performance in the initial stage. 2016 marks the third consecutive year CCV students have participated in the NASA opportunity.
“Since starting this, I’ve never been happier,” Demasi said. “When I was a kid, I wanted to be a scientist. It’s like a place that I always knew I wanted to be, and now I get to find out if I belong. So far it seems like I do.” Demasi is grateful to the classmates, instructors and advisors at CCV who have supported his participation in NCAS. The Northfield, Vermont native is slated to complete his STEM studies degree in December of this year.
During the first phase of the NCAS program, which began in June, Demasi participated in 11 weeks of online sessions and wrote a research paper outlining a proposal for a rover mission to Mars. At the Langley Research Center, Demasi will work with other community college students to develop a fictional space exploration team, complete with a company name and motto. The team will work together to ultimately design a viable rover prototype.
The NCAS program is focused on providing opportunities to community college students pursuing the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). The project is funded in part by the Minority University Research and Education Program (MUREP), which is committed to the recruitment of underrepresented and underserved students in STEM studies to sustain a diverse workforce.
To learn more about the NASA Community College Aerospace Scholars program, visit https://ncas.aerospacescholars.org/.