Duaa Qamar, a student at WCJC’s Sugar Land campus, will travel to Florida this summer to participate in NASA’s Community College Aerospace Scholars program.
SUGAR LAND, TEXAS – Duaa Qamar, a student at Wharton County Junior College’s Sugar Land campus, has been selected to travel to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center this summer to participate in the NASA Community College Aerospace Scholars (NCAS) on-site experience. Qamar is one of 403 community college students from across the United States to be part of the program.
The program includes a five-week online segment and a four-day on-site event at Kennedy Space Center in Florida, scheduled for June 24-28. The on-site portion enables students to interact with NASA engineers and others as they learn more about careers in science and engineering. While at NASA, students form teams and establish fictional companies interested in Mars exploration. Each team is responsible for developing and testing a prototype rover, forming a company infrastructure, managing a budget and developing communications and outreach.
NCAS is funded in part by the Minority University Research and Education Program, or MUREP, which is committed to engaging underrepresented and under-served students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).