Two LSU Honors Students Awarded Astronaut Scholarship

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BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD)- LSU students, Brianna Robertson and Henrey Kantrow have been awarded the 2020 Astronaut Scholarship.

This award is presented to STEM students who show initiative, creativity, and excellence in their chosen field, according to LSU.

Robertson is a a junior majoring in physics and computer engineering. She spent time researching an automated system using neural networks for the physical layer of telecommunications in software-defined radios, which will help in-space communication.

 Roberston says her passion for research was found while working in a cancer research laboratory in Seoul, South Korea.

“I am an active amateur radio operator, and I spend my weekends contesting in an attempt to communicate with people across North America. Those same radio waves, with a little more energy, are how we are reaching into deep space, conveying images back to Earth of places we have yet to physically explore,” Robertson said.

Kantrow is a junior majoring in chemical engineering from Baton Rouge. Kantrow has been conducting research on the design and installation of an ultra-high vacuum motor and the fabrication of ultra-smooth 2D Ag films for plasmonic applications.

“With the growing challenges of our changing climate, Chemical Engineering offers solutions in countless capacities: improving water sustainability, harvesting solar energy, creating new fuel sources, and much more. My existing research experience has already proven this versatility to me,” he said. 

Kantrow wants to to pursue a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering and a career in academia. His goal is to create solutions to global problems with humanitarian and environmental applications.

The Astronaut Scholarship Foundation awarded 56 scholarships to students from 41 different universities in the nation, according to LSU.

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