Physics student Sarah Stamer wins Astronaut Scholarship

Nov. 30, 2023
Astronaut Bruce Melnick presenting the award to Sarah Stamer.

Astronaut Bruce Melnick presenting the award to Sarah Stamer.

Congratulations to Sarah Stamer, who was selected for an Astronaut Scholarship!

The Astronaut Scholarship this year was awarded to 68 students from 45 universities nationwide ( Astronaut Scholarships are awarded to students in their junior and senior year of college studying science, technology, engineering, or mathematics with the intent to pursue research or advance their field upon completion of their final degree. Astronaut Scholars are among the best and brightest minds in STEM who show initiative, creativity, and excellence in their chosen field.  The surviving Mercury 7 Astronauts created the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation to aid the United States in retaining its world leadership in technology and innovation while commemorating the legacy of America’s pioneering astronauts.

As part of the scholarship, Stamer traveled to Orlando, FL, to participate in the Innovators Week And Gala in August. While there, she presented her astronomy education and science literacy research as part of the Technical Conference and received her award plaque from Astronaut Curt Brown, the Chairman of the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation. In addition, the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation hosted an awards ceremony on-campus in early November in conjunction with the Southern Arizona Leadership Council and the College of Science.

Sarah Stamer is a fourth-year undergraduate student double-majoring in physics and astronomy. She is a College of Science Ambassador for the Physics Department and a two-time Galileo Circle Scholar in Physics.