Deputy Director ND Space Grant & ND NASA EPSCoR
513 Clifford Hall
4149 University Avenue
University of North Dakota
Grand Forks, ND 58202-9008
Caitlin has always loved space. Although her interest began at a young age, it was her high school physics teacher who truly encouraged her to pursue a STEM degree through his ability to make science both engaging and fun. Being lucky enough to have such wonderful educators, she decided she wanted to help inspire others to study STEM fields through outreach and education.
As an undergraduate at the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities, she was a teaching assistant for an introductory astronomy course, and began to understand what it meant to communicate with those who don’t have a strong interest in science, let alone space. Following her B.S. in Astrophysics, she decided to attend graduate school at the University of North Dakota, where she helped to coordinate numerous outreach events like star parties, visits to classrooms, the Transit of Venus viewing, and International Observe the Moon Night.
Her thesis work involved teaching Observational Astronomy to high school students for two weeks and studying the impact various teaching styles can have on learners. In the fall of 2012, she graduated with her M.S. in Space Studies after completing an internship at Marshall Space Flight Center. Her research at NASA focused on monitoring the dust production of outbursting comets.
Although Caitlin grew up in Andover, Minnesota, she really loves Grand Forks and is very excited to be able to help encourage STEM education and research throughout North Dakota.
The North Dakota Space Grant Consortium
One of the goals of the NDSGC is to encourage college students in the state to become involved in research that is of interest to NASA. Thus Space Grant provides funding for scholarships and fellowships for undergraduate and graduate students in North Dakota to do space-related research . Students at the state’s tribal colleges and public colleges and universities are eligible to participate. Space Grant also provides monies for projects in five Research Focus Areas: small satellite development; astronomical/planetary sciences; earth sciences; materials sciences; and human spaceflight development. For more information go to: North Dakota Space Grant