THURGOOD MARSHALL COLLEGE FUND AWARDS STUDENT RESEARCH GRANTS FOR INNOVATIVE SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY PROJECTS AT HBCUs

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
CONTACT: WILL DAVISON JR.
212-573-8545 (OFFICE)
347-458-2460 (CELL)
This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

THURGOOD MARSHALL COLLEGE FUND AWARDS STUDENT RESEARCH GRANTS FOR INNOVATIVE SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY PROJECTS AT HBCUs

NEW YORK, (August 20, 2009) – To help attract and identify the best and brightest science and engineering students, Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF), in partnership with NASA, recently issued a Request For Proposals (RFP) that required participants to develop a science or engineering project that can be implemented within a six to nine (6-9) month period.

Faculty from the 47 public HBCUs joined TMCF in identifying competitive student candidates from their universities TMCF’s Science Advisory Committee conducted a rigorous review of all candidates and selected the winners.

The following students were awarded individual grants of $5,000 to implement their research:

Djuana Grant, Alabama A&M University – Production of Oxygen by Chroogloecysis siderophila Using Mars Lunar Surface Atmosphere: In this study, the awardee will design a simple, sustainable, and natural carbon sequestration solution using Chroogloeocystis siderophila. Thus, will create a photo bioreactor that uses photosynthesis to grow algae by passing carbon dioxide over large membranes, placed vertically to save space. The carbon dioxide concentration will simulate the Luna atmosphere of Mars.  The carbon dioxide is broken down by the Chroogloeocystis siderophila. Nitrogen and clean oxygen are released back into the atmosphere.
   
Lumumba Obika, Tuskegee University – Solid-Solid Vacuum Regolith Heat-Exchanger for Oxygen Production: This Solid –solid Vacuum Regolith Heat-Exchanger (SVRHE)  Phase-1 project will demonstrate the technical feasibility of coupling solids flow and radioactive heat transfer to achieve rapid non-contact solid-solid heat transfer between two granular-solids-flow streams under vacuum conditions.

Brandon Williams, Tuskegee University – Low Density Blend Regolith Simulants to Mimic Effects of Lunar Gravity: This project will demonstrate a protocol for making and characterizing new low-density lunar regolith simulants which can mimic quasistatic effects of reduced lunar gravity without utilization of NASA’s C-9 aircraft or highly constrained drop tower tests.

Aligned with the nation’s priorities, TMCF is committed to working with our member universities to continue to offer leadership opportunities for students to become the next generation of science and technology leaders.


###


The Thurgood Marshall College Fund, Inc., named for the late U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice, was established in 1987 and represents 47 public Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and 6 law schools located in 22 states and the US Virgin Islands with a population of over 235,000 students. Over the last 21 years, TMCF has awarded more than $100 million in leadership development, programmatic and capacity support, and scholarships enabling more than 12,000 students to attend public HBCUs. It is the only national organization of its type that provides merit-based scholarships and programmatic support to students attending the nation’s public HBCUs. TMCF also provides internship programs and joins corporate and foundation partners in providing leadership training and support to students preparing for undergraduate and professional schools. TMCF is a 501(c) (3), tax-exempt organization. Please visit the Thurgood Marshall College Fund at www.thurgoodmarshallfund.org.