Students presented their research at the Ohio Space Grant Symposium

Two Cincinnati State students shared their research projects at the 2024 Ohio Space Grant Consortium Symposium that took place in late March at the Ohio Aerospace Institute in Cleveland, Ohio.

Ashley Meyer
Ashley Meyer
  • Ashley Meyer, who graduated in May 2024 with an Associate of Applied Science degree in Chemical Technology, presented her project “Magnetism as Simulated Gravity and the Effects on Interplanetary Propagation.” Ashley won an Outstanding Poster award for her discussion of how to simulate a microgravity environment to provide a way for seeds to grow in space.

    Research professionals who attended the Symposium suggested that Ashley’s project could be implemented in the future as an experiment on the International Space Station— Ashley said she’s waiting to hear more about that possibility!
  • Mickela (Micki) Harris, who is majoring in Electrical Engineering Technology – Electronics Systems, presented a project on “The Future of Biomedical Engineering” that focused on bioprinting (3D printing with biomaterials). She commented, “It was an honor to be part of the program and it was inspiring to be around others with a similar STEM mindset. Also, it was amazing to be able to teach something new to others about bioprinting.”
  • Physics instructor Dr. Jeremy Huber served as an advisor for both projects.
Micki Harris
Micki Harris

Ashley and Micki were recipients of $1,000 Ohio Space Grant Community College Scholarships awarded to students in STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) through a competitive application process. Scholarship requirements include conducting research and presenting the research at the Symposium.

Both Ashley and Micki received Space Grant Scholarships in previous years, and reapplied to continue their participation during the 2023-24 academic year.

The scholarships are funded by the U.S. Congress to the National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program and administered through the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

Professor Abbey Yee (Mechanical Engineering Technology, on left in photo above) has served as the College’s liaison for Ohio Space Grant activities for several years.

“This scholarship program provides a great opportunity for our students to expand their knowledge and experiences,” Abbey said. “At the Symposium, they can interact with other students who are sharing their research, representing Ohio’s STEM scholars from the community college level through graduate school.”