utica – three students studying for careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (stem) at hinds community college utica campus have been selected for internships at nasa facilities this year.

albert jackson, of jackson, has received an internship to the marshall space center in huntsville, ala. funded by the nasa community college aerospace scholars (ncas) program.

earlier this year, the utica campus was among five other minority-serving community colleges in three states chosen for the initiative, which is part of pilot activity by the national space grant consortia and nasa’s minority university research and education project (murep). the effort, called nasa on campus, is a campus-based adaptation of the successful ncas program, which gives stem students in two-year colleges an authentic nasa experience at a nasa center.

daisha golden, of utica, and sedrick billups, of jackson, were chosen for separate internships at the huntsville facility and at nasa langley research center in hampton, va. all three participated in the ncas program’s scholars week events in february, which involved a robotics competition and field trips to a nasa facility to be mentored by aeronautics professionals.

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