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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 13, 1999
LOCAL STUDENT PARTICIPATED IN LUNAR & PLANETARY
INSTITUTE SUMMER INTERN PROGRAM
Jennifer A. Waggoner, daughter of Darlene and Clark Waggoner of Decatur, Texas, was selected to participate in the 1999 Lunar and Planetary Institute ( LPI) Summer Intern Program at the LPI and the NASA/ Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. The program began June 7 and ended August 13, 1999. Waggoner is a senior, geology major at the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology ( SDSM& T) in Rapid City.
When the program was conceived 23 years ago, its objectives were “ to provide bright undergraduates with interests in lunar and planetary science with opportunities to experience full- time research in the field of their choice, to present the results in written and oral form, to meet active researchers who can help them assess the future of the research field, and to evaluate research as a career choice.”
Through 1999, 288 students representing 171 universities across the United States and abroad have participated in the program, and many have chosen careers in planetary science. Six of the 11 1998 interns returned to give scientific presentations at the annual Lunar and Planetary Science Conference in March 1999.
Waggoner worked with Dr. Allan H. Treiman of the LPI conducting research on the sedimentary deposits of Gangis Chasma, Mars. Her future plans are to obtain a Ph. D. in Planetary Science.
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