CSA Scholarships Send Canadian Students to NASA

Press Release From: Canadian Space Agency
Posted: Thursday, April 10, 2003


Three Canadian university students were recently awarded prestigious scientific scholarships by the Canadian Space Agency's Space Science Program to participate in summer training programs at NASA facilities in Florida and California.

Erin Everett, from Acadia University in Nova Scotia, was chosen as the 2003 recipient of the CSA's Space Exploration Astrobiology Scholarship. Ms. Everett will participate in the NASA Astrobiology Academy, a ten-week summer internship at the Ames Research Center in California. The Academy affords students the opportunity to gain an understanding of what makes a space mission possible by participating in a mentorship program, individual research, a rigorous lecture series, and a group project.

Basil Hubbard, from the University of Ottawa, and Deepti Damaraju, from the University of Alberta, were selected to receive the CSA's 2003 Spaceflight and Life Sciences Training Program Scholarship allowing them to take part in a six-week program held at the John F. Kennedy Space Center in Florida. They will participate in the conceptualization, preparation, pre- and post-flight testing, data analysis and report preparation phases of simulated space flight experiments, as well as in NASA Life Sciences research.

For more information on the Spaceflight and Life Sciences Training Program Scholarship:

For more information on the Space Exploration Astrobiology Scholarship:

About the Canadian Space Agency

Established in 1989 with its headquarters situated in Saint-Hubert, Quebec, the Canadian Space Agency coordinates all aspects of the Canadian Space Program. Through its Space Knowledge, Applications and Industry Development business lines, the CSA delivers services involving: Earth and the Environment; Space Science; Human Presence in Space; Satellite Communications; Space Technology; Space Qualification Services; and Space Awareness and Education. The Canadian Space Agency is at the forefront of the development and application of space knowledge for the benefit of Canadians and humanity.


Ms. Erin Everett is currently completing the fourth year of her Bachelor of Science Degree in Honours Biology at Acadia University in Wolfville, Nova Scotia. She received a Natural Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) award to support her honours research project that focused on the evolutionary genetics and sperm fitness of blue mussels.

Mr. Basil Hubbard is currently completing his second year in Honours Biochemistry at the University of Ottawa. Upon completion of his undergraduate degree, he hopes to pursue graduate studies in either medicine or biochemical research. As a recipient of the University of Ottawa's Undergraduate Research Scholarship for the past two years, Basil Hubbard has gained valuable research experience in the area of supramolecular assemblies.

Ms. Deepti Damaraju is currently completing her second year in General Sciences at the University of Alberta and hopes to pursue a career in medicine and medical research. She has also received two Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research (AHFMR) awards, and a Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) award for her research accomplishments.

For further information: Monique Billette, Senior Media Relations Officer, Canadian Space Agency, (450) 926-4370,

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