Interstellar Research Group (IRG) is proud to announce the winners of the 2020 Scholarship Program

Following a competitive process with many high-quality applicants, the Interstellar Research Group has chosen three students as the recipients of our 2020 scholarships. With the support of Baen Books (who sponsor the Tim Bolgeo Memorial Scholarship), Rob and Ruann Hampson, and Jay and Beth Roye, we are awarding these deserving students one graduate scholarship ($2500) and two undergraduate scholarships ($2500 each). These scholarships were created to encourage the next generation to study science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields that support the research needed to get humanity to the stars.

Our winners are:

Hayden Morgan, our graduate-level winner, and winner of the Tim Bolgeo Memorial Scholarship, earned a BS in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Cincinnati in 2019. He participated in the Midwest Hyperloop group which competed in the 2019 SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition, as well as serving as a mentor to high school students in designing, fabricating, and testing robots capable of completing complex tasks.  He is pursuing a MS in Aerospace Engineering at Texas A&M University. His winning essay can be read here.

Our first undergraduate winner, Isabel Collins, comes from New Orleans, LA, and will be attending The University of the South in the fall, majoring in Biochemistry. In high school, she was very involved several service organizations, as well as the National Honors Society, and she took first place in the Biology AP competition.  Summer internships at Ochsner Medical Center and Tulane Medical School have led her to pursue a career in research. Her winning essay can be read here.

Evelyn Johnson, our second undergraduate winner, is an undergraduate at Mercer University in Macon, Georgia. She took classes from West Georgia Technical College (dual enrollment program) and plans a double major in History and Biology with a minor in Chemistry. She plans to attend Mercer Medical School for her M.D., to serve the rural areas in her community, to dedicate her studies to the betterment of public health in this country. Her winning essay can be read here.

About IRG

The purpose of Interstellar Research Group is to facilitate interstellar research and exploration by hosting regular summit meetings, encouraging educational advances, publishing technical and scientific papers, and supporting literature and culture, all in the service of enhancing public understanding and dialogue toward interstellar exploration. IRG will assist in building a technological, philosophical, and economic infrastructure that advances the goal of establishing outposts throughout the Solar System and, finally, achieving a pathway to the stars.


Learn more about IRg 2020 online, and connect via social media:


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TVIW announces Scholarship Program for rising college undergraduates, graduate students

The non-profit Tennessee Valley Interstellar Workshop is proud to present its 2020 Scholarship Program, to provide two undergraduate scholarships and one graduate-student scholarship for qualifying students.

The $2,500 scholarships (including the Tim Bolgeo Memorial Scholarship), sponsored by TVIW supporters Baen Books and Rob and Ruann Hampson, are merit-based, and require applicants to complete an essay with their application forms. The deadline for all applications is May 15, 2020.

“The Tennessee Valley Interstellar Workshop was created to foster and assist the study, research and experimentation necessary to make human interstellar travel a reality, with untold benefits to life on Earth,” said TVIW President Emeritus John Preston. “We can imagine no better way to demonstrate that goal than the creation of these scholarships, helping new generations of thinkers, builders and explorers to set their sights on the stars.”

Applicants for the undergraduate scholarships must be high school seniors in the southeast United States (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, or Virginia) who plan to pursue their first undergraduate degree in a STEM related field at any accredited, four-year American college or university. Applicants for the graduate scholarship must be full-time college or university students majoring in a STEM related field, and seeking a graduate degree in science from an accredited college or university in the United States.

For more information about the new scholarships, including application guidelines, visit:

https://irg.space/2020-scholarships/

To learn more about TVIW scholarship sponsors, visit:

http://www.baen.com

Connect with TVIW organizers and participants via social media:

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Tennessee Valley Interstellar Workshop (TVIW) is proud to announce the winners of the 2019 Scholarship Program

Following a competitive process with many high-quality applicants, the Tennessee Valley Interstellar Workshop has chosen three students as the recipients of our 2019 scholarships. With the support of Baen Books (who are sponsoring the Tim Bolgeo Memorial Scholarship), Rob and Ruann Hampson, and J and Beth Roye, we are awarding these deserving students one graduate scholarship ($2500) and two undergraduate scholarships ($2500 each). These scholarships were created to encourage the next generation to study science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields that support the research needed to get humanity to the stars. The purpose of TVIW is to facilitate interstellar research and exploration by hosting regular summit meetings, encouraging educational advances, publishing technical and scientific papers, and supporting literature and culture, all in the service of enhancing public understanding and dialogue toward interstellar exploration. TVIW will assist in building a technological, philosophical, and economic infrastructure that advances the goal of establishing outposts throughout the Solar System and, finally, achieving a pathway to the stars.

Our winners are:

Lauren Oldham, our Graduate winner, and winner of the Tim Bolgeo Memorial Scholarship, earned a Bachelor of Arts in Geography from the University of Kentucky summa cum laude in 2014. She worked for a small company in mapping, going on to earn a Graduate Certificate in Digital Mapping in 2016. She will be pursuing a Masters in Digital Mapping at the University of Kentucky in the fall of 2019. She has been working with Women in Engineering to encourage local high school girls in STEM fields. Her winning essay can be read here.

Alex Tharpe, one of our undergraduate winners, lives in Dyersburg, TN, with his family and two dogs, and has been very involved with his local community. He will be attending Tennessee Tech University this fall, majoring in Engineering, possibly going into Mechanical or Chemical Engineering. He is considering a possible career with the military (Air Force) or an aerospace organization. His winning essay can be read here.

Tatiana Cheves, our other undergraduate winner, is an undergraduate from St. Petersburg, Florida, and will be attending Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, in the fall. She has taken classes from St. Petersburg College in Seminole, FL for the past few years, and plans to major in Biology and Environmental Studies. She is a member of Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math; as a member, she mentors underclasswomen in STEM careers and programs. Her winning essay can be read here.

About TVIW

The purpose of Tennessee Valley Interstellar Workshop is to facilitate interstellar research and exploration by hosting regular summit meetings, encouraging educational advances, publishing technical and scientific papers, and supporting literature and culture, all in the service of enhancing public understanding and dialogue toward interstellar exploration. TVIW will assist in building a technological, philosophical, and economic infrastructure that advances the goal of establishing outposts throughout the Solar System and, finally, achieving a pathway to the stars.

Learn more about TVIW 2019 online, and connect via social media:

Web: https://irg.space
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/InterstellarResearchGroup
Twitter: https://twitter.com/tviwus
YouTube: http://youtube.com/tviw

Tennessee Valley Interstellar Workshop (TVIW) is proud to announce the winners of the 2018 Scholarship Program.

Tennessee Valley Interstellar Workshop (TVIW) is proud to announce the winners of the 2018 Scholarship Program.

Following a competitive process with many high-quality applicants with intriguing essays, three students were chosen as the recipients of the 2018 scholarships. With the support of Baen Books, Rob and Ruann Hampson, and The Vershall Roy Trust, TVIW will award these deserving students two undergraduate scholarships and one graduate scholarship.

Our winners are:

Bhuiyan Rifat al hadi – Bhuiyan will be going to Georgia Institute of Technology in the fall, majoring in engineering. While he is in general Engineering at present, he is looking at Artificial Intelligence as a more specific field. He hopes to continue on to graduate school after his bachelors degree. His winning essay can be read here.

Crestienne DeChaine – Crestienne will be attending the University of Virginia. She attended the Virginia Aerospace Science and Technology Scholars (VASTS) program, which continued her lifelong fascination with rockets. She hopes to contribute to space exploration through Chemical Engineering. Her winning essay can be read here.

Patrick Gray – Patrick is our graduate student winner. He will be attending Duke University, working on a PhD in Marine Science and Conservation. His research will look at developing coordinated robotic frameworks in support of marine science and to prototype technology for future space missions, systems that can operate autonomously in hostile environments. His winning essay can be read here.

Learn more about TVIW 2018 online, and connect via social media:

Web: https://irg.space
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/InterstellarResearchGroup
Twitter: https://twitter.com/tviwus
YouTube: http://youtube.com/tviw

TVIW announces Scholarship Program for rising college undergraduates, graduate students

The non-profit Tennessee Valley Interstellar Workshop is proud to present its 2018 Scholarship Program, to provide two undergraduate scholarships and one graduate-student scholarship for qualifying students.

The $2,500 scholarships, sponsored by TVIW supporters Baen Books and Rob and Ruann Hampson, are merit-based, and require applicants to complete an essay with their application forms. The deadline for all applications is May 15.

“The Tennessee Valley Interstellar Workshop was created to foster and assist the study, research and experimentation necessary to make human interstellar travel a reality, with untold benefits to life on Earth,” said TVIW President Emeritus John Preston. “We can imagine no better way to demonstrate that goal than the creation of these scholarships, helping new generations of thinkers, builders and explorers to set their sights on the stars.”

Applicants for the undergraduate scholarships must be high school seniors in the southeast United States (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, or Virginia) who plan to pursue their first undergraduate degree in a STEM related field at any accredited, four-year American college or university. Applicants for the graduate scholarship must be full-time college or university students majoring in a STEM related field, and seeking a graduate degree in science from an accredited college or university in the United States.

For more information about the new scholarships, including application guidelines, visit:

To learn more about TVIW scholarship sponsors, visit:

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Fifth Tennessee Valley Interstellar Workshop unveils agenda, key speakers for Symposium set for Oct. 3-6 in Huntsville, Alabama

The Tennessee Valley Interstellar Workshop, in partnership with Starship Century and Tau Zero Foundation, has expanded its fifth symposium to four very full days of panels, workshops, and seminars. A comprehensive schedule of events for TVIW 2017, set for Oct. 3-6 at the Embassy Suites in Huntsville, Alabama, is now available.

A full copy of the press release can be viewed here.

TVIW Announces Peter Klupar of Breakthrough Starshot, and his talk “Are We Alone?” at the October 4-6, 2017 meeting!

Pete Klupar, Chief Engineer of the Breakthrough Initiatives, will lead a talk on the work the Breakthrough Foundation is doing to help humanity investigate the possibility of life forms on other planets, and how scientists can get involved.

The Star Shot initiative — a plan to send a spacecraft to another star system in the next 25 years — will be the main topic of the presentation. Mr. Klupar will also discuss the foundation’s other major initiatives: Listen and Watch. Listen is the search for extraterrestrial intelligence using RF (1 GHz to 30Ghz) and visible light. Watch is the search for earth-sized planets in the habitable zone of nearby stars.

Prior to his role at the Breakthrough Foundation, Mr. Klupar was Director of Engineering at NASA’s Ames Research Center. While at Ames he helped develop the Aquila, LADEE, TESS, Pharmasat, OREO and other small spacecraft missions while aiding in the development and operations of Kepler and SOFIA projects.

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TVIW announces STEM Scholarships for both undergraduate and graduate students

The non-profit Tennessee Valley Interstellar Workshop, now preparing for its fifth aerospace symposium in October 2017, has announced a new program to annually provide two undergraduate scholarships and one graduate-student scholarship for qualifying students.

The $2,500 scholarships, sponsored by TVIW supporters Baen Books and Digital Oilfield Solutions, are merit-based, and require applicants to complete an essay with their application forms. The deadline for all applications is May 15.

Applicants for the undergraduate scholarships must be high school seniors in the southeast United States (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina or Virginia) who plan to pursue their first undergraduate degree in mathematics, engineering or science at any accredited, four-year American college or university. Applicants for the graduate scholarship must be full-time college or university students majoring in math, engineering or the physical or social sciences, and must plan to seek a graduate degree in science from an accredited college or university in any of the nine southeast American states.

“The Tennessee Valley Interstellar Workshop was created to foster and assist the study, research and experimentation necessary to make human interstellar travel a reality, with untold benefits to life on Earth,” said TVIW President John Preston. “We can imagine no better way to demonstrate that goal than the creation of these scholarships, helping new generations of thinkers, builders and explorers to set their sights on the stars.”

For more information about the new scholarships, including application guidelines, visit our scholarships page.

To learn more about TVIW scholarship sponsors, visit:

More about TVIW

The fifth TVIW symposium, “Step By Step: Building a Ladder to the Stars,” is set for Oct. 4-6, 2017, in Huntsville, Alabama. The symposium, in partnership with Starship Century and Tau Zero Foundation, seeks to unite aerospace technologists, communicators, psychologists, anthropologists, and other researchers and visionaries to chart the future of humanity’s interstellar adventure. TVIW 2017 is seeking proposals for papers, seminars and workshops. For details, visit our submissions page.

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TVIW announces a Call for Participation in the October 4-6, 2017 Meeting

HUNTSVILLE, ALABAMA — The Tennessee Valley Interstellar Workshop, in partnership with Starship Century and Tau Zero Foundation, seeks contributions for its upcoming fifth symposium from aerospace technologists, communicators, psychologists, anthropologists, and other researchers and visionaries whose work could vitally impact the future of humanity’s interstellar adventure.

The TVIW conference, titled “Step By Step: Building a Ladder to the Stars,” will be held Oct. 4-6, 2017, at the Embassy Suites in Huntsville, Alabama. The workshop was founded in 2011 by NASA physicist and author Les Johnson; physicist, educator, and author Dr. Greg Matloff; and professional engineer and businessman Robert Kennedy III.

TVIW 2017 seeks proposals for plenary talks, papers and posters; interdisciplinary working tracks; seminars; and Sagan workshops. Named for visionary researcher Dr. Carl Sagan, the latter include a combination of short presentations, panel discussions, and general floor debate — an approach adopted by TVIW for the first time for 2017. Complete details about each are available online:

“It’s our mission to bring together as many practical, grounded professional minds as possible to pursue the multifaceted challenges of journeying beyond Earth’s solar system,” said TVIW President John Preston. “We seek not just technical solutions to achieve long-distance, long-duration spaceflight but also a proper, holistic understanding of the expectations, potential impact, and long-term value associated with such missions.”

Letters of intent for working tracks and ideas for Sagan workshops are due March 3, 2017. Abstracts for plenary talks, papers, and posters are due April 30, 2017. Additional deadlines and requirements are detailed on the website.

TVIW partners with Starship Century, an interstellar starship development symposium coordinated by the Arthur C. Clarke Center for Human Imagination in San Diego, California, and Tau Zero Foundation, a coalition of scientists, engineers, journalists, artists, and science fiction writers seeking to expand the boundaries of conventional research and pursue practical, high-value solutions for interstellar exploration.

Sponsors of the Tennessee Valley Interstellar Workshop for 2017 include Baen Books, Digital Oilfield Solutions, and the Huntsville Alabama L5 (HAL5) Society, a chapter of the National Space Society (NSS).

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