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LRSC Student Receives NASA Space Fellowship

By   Sarah Smith Warren

IMG_0451--300x269-.jpgLake Region State College student Carrie Nienhuis was recently awarded the NASA Space Fellowship recognizing her work in the field of science. The fellowship includes an award of $1,000 for completing 100 hours of work and assistance in the lab in the science department. Nienhuis also received a $1,500 NASA Space Scholarship in 2014 which helped to pay for tuition and an online science course.

A sophomore at Lake Region State College, Nienhuis discovered her interest in science while attending a chemistry class in high school. She started at Lake Region State College in 2014 wanting to pursue a career as a science teacher, but after taking several courses, she changed her focus, “having the opportunity to experience so many different science classes opened my eyes to other career options,” says Nienhuis.

The NASA Space Grant is a national program which funds fellowships and scholarships for students pursuing careers in science, mathematics, engineering and technology. Grants are awarded to students based on GPA and instructor recommendations. Nienhuis’ science instructors Shaun Prince and Kory Boehmer initially encouraged her to apply for a NASA Space Scholarship and also recommended her for the fellowship award.

IMG_0445--167x250-.jpg“Kory and I had no difference of opinion when it came to selecting this year’s sophomore science student for the NASA Space Grant Integrated Scholarship,” says Prince, “With her academic background and hard work ethic, we knew that Carrie would be a great fit for the position.” Nienhuis will assist both science instructors this spring by organizing course laboratory experiments and equipment, formulating chemical and biological compounds for experiments, and conducting research.

Nienhuis says her time at Lake Region State College has given her the opportunity to live at home and spend time with family while pursuing a quality education, “This has been such a great experience here at LRSC. The class sizes are small and intimate. We get to work closely with instructors and the instructors are eager to work with students, they put a lot of time and trust in us.”

Nienhuis is the daughter of Ron and Lori Nienhuis of Lawton, North Dakota. She plans to transfer to the University of North Dakota next fall to pursue a degree in Medical Lab Science.