New Delhi: Sataparna Mukherjee, a class 12 student from West Bengal, has won the NASA's prestigious Goddard Internship Programme under the Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS). The 18-year-old girl is among 5 scholars chosen from across the world for this programme.
Mukherjee, regardless of her performance in the intermediate exams, will now be pursuing graduation, post graduation and PhD (as NASA faculty) in aerospace engineering at its London Astrobiology Centre.
All her expenses, including food and lodging, will be covered by the Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS). She will fly to London in August this year.
In May last year, she had shared her thoughts on 'Black Hole Theory' and the way to create a ‘Time Machine' on a social networking platform where there
were many scientists members. Latest she was advised to share her findings on the topic at NASA's official website.
Mukherjee, who studies at St. Judes School in Kamduni, 30 km from Kolkata, said that she was very happy to get this opportunity where she will also work as a researcher.
"I am very happy to get this opportunity where I will also work as a researcher at the NASA centre in London," she said.
Her father, Pradip Mukherjee, a teacher by profession, said that her daughter has entire countrymen feel proud of her and that he will bear the travel expenses.
"I don't want to let this opportunity go. I will arrange for the passage money, which is quite high. I am thinking of taking a loan,” he said.
NASA's Goddard Internship Programme (GIP) under the Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) provided opportunity to 5 students from the world for it's prestigious scholarship programme.