The NDSGC has established the prestigious Lillian Goettler Space Grant Award for a female student at North Dakota State University. Applicants must be majoring in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics) field, provide transcripts that demonstrate a 3.5 GPA, and be US citizens. Applicants will ideally be involved in a research project of NASA relevance. Undergraduate and graduate students who meet the criteria are encouraged to apply. Applications must include a professional resume that includes work or research experience, academic performance, extracurricular activities, leadership roles. One letter of recommendation from a faculty member or researcher in higher education that details the applicant's academic and technical abilities, character, and personal attributes must be included. Finally, the application includes essay questions that should be answered in 250-350 words each.
This award honors the ideals of scholarship as exemplified by Dr. Goettler, a former faculty member in Mechanical Engineering at NDSU, who set a standard for women in her field. Dr. Goettler pursued her goals by earning a Ph.D. in 1974 and working overseas before joining the faculty at NDSU in 1978. Another important piece of Dr. Goettler's legacy was her role as a founding member of Expanding Your Horizons, a program for junior high school girls to explore the fields of science and math. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's website.