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O’Neill received an Honorable Mention for the 2020 USRA Distinguished Undergraduate Awards
MSE senior Michael O’Neill received an Honorable Mention for the 2020 Universities Space Research Association (USRA) Distinguished Undergraduate Awards. The 11 Honorable Mentions were selected from 126 applicants (from 61 universities) by a review panel consisting of faculty at USRA’s member institutions. While not receiving one of the four final awards, each of the Honorable Mentions is noteworthy for their accomplishments and leadership.
The USRA Distinguished Undergraduate Awards provide college scholarship awards to students who have shown a career interest in science or engineering with an emphasis on space research or space science education, and aeronautics-related sciences.
USRA was founded in 1969, near the beginning of the Space Age, driven by the vision of two individuals, James Webb (NASA Administrator 1961-1968) and Frederick Seitz (National Academy of Sciences President 1962-1969). They recognized that the technical challenges of the exploration of space would require an ongoing and strong collaboration between NASA and the university research community. Together, they worked to create USRA to strengthen NASA’s knowledge base as new areas of space research and technology were developed, and also to make it easier for university faculty and students to work with NASA to achieve mission objectives.