The NDSGC has established the prestigious Pearl I. Young Space Grant Award for a student at the University of North Dakota. Applicants will ideally be involved in a research project of NASA relevance. Eligible applicants must have a female gender identity or outside the gender binary, 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.
Pearl I. Young was the first woman hired as a technical employee, a physicist of the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA); that agency later became NASA. She was the second woman hired as a physicist by the federal government. When Young died in 1968, her obituary noted that she had been a scientist, university professor, journalist, lecturer, author, and world traveler. She graduated from UND in 1919 as a Phi Beta Kappa with a triple major in physics, mathematics, and chemistry. Despite her heavy course load, financial necessity dictated that Young work while pursuing her studies. She served as a laboratory assistant in the Physics Department and also worked for the U.S. Weather Bureau. After graduation, she taught physics for two years at UND. She then accepted an appointment at the Langley Memorial Aeronautical Laboratory in Hampton, Virginia. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's website.