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SFCC Student Sara Lanctot Invited To NASA Center

on August 19, 2019 - 10:20am

SFCC student Sara Lanctot in the engineering lab at SFCC. Courtesy/SFCC

SFCC News:

SANTA FE – Santa Fe Community College announces student Sara Lanctot of Santa Fe has been selected to attend the NASA Community College Aerospace Scholars (NCAS) Onsite Experience at Marshall Space Flight Center in Sept. 23-27 Huntsville, Ala.

Lanctot is studying engineering and computer science at SFCC.

Lanctot is one of the selected participants out of 499 community college students from across the U.S. to be part of NCAS. Lanctot successfully completed a five-week online course, which led to a visit to a NASA Center.

The five-week online activity culminates with a four-day onsite event at a NASA center, which offers students the opportunity to learn more about careers in science and engineering. While at NASA, students form teams and establish fictional companies interested in Mars exploration. Each team is responsible for developing and testing a prototype rover, forming a company infrastructure, managing a budget, and developing communications and outreach.

The event includes briefings by NASA subject matter experts, information on how to apply for NASA internships, and a tour of NASA’s unique facilities. One lucky participant from this experience will receive a NASA internship to be awarded in the summer 2020.

The Minority University Research and Education Program, or MUREP funds NASA Community College Aerospace Scholars. MUREP is committed to engaging underrepresented and underserved students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) with authentic learning experiences to sustain a diverse workforce.  With this activity, NASA continues the agency’s tradition of engaging the nation in NASA’s mission and leading an innovative and sustainable program of exploration to enable human expansion across the solar system and to bring back to Earth new knowledge and opportunities.

Torry Johnson, Minority University Research and Education Project (MUREP) Manager said, “NCAS not only inspires community college students to advance in STEM fields, but it also opens doors for future careers at NASA.  NCAS alumni often move on to NASA internships and ultimately enter the NASA workforce.  It is rewarding to see the progression of a student from NCAS participant to NASA colleague.”

Applications for next year will open on Aug. 28 at

For additional information, contact National Community College Aerospace Scholars at or call 281.244.0104. For more information, visit:  For more on MUREP, visit:

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