Congratulations to Emily Kurfman, chemistry PhD candidate, who is now part of the NASA Space Technology Graduate Research Opportunities program (https://www.nasa.gov/directorates/spacetech/strg/nstgro). The program provides graduate students funding and training for research projects to develop new space technology for NASA. For Kurfman, this award means the opportunity to do exciting research in collaboration with NASA researchers and at one or more NASA centers (such as the Jet Propulsion Laboratory) during a Visiting Technologist Experience that the program funds. Due to this award, Kurfman will also receive more training that will help her achieve a career as a NASA researcher.
Kurfman is a member of Prof. Susan Lunte's research group. As part of the award, she will develop an integrated system for cell analysis and profiling using capillary electrophoresis and mass spectrometry. This system could have applications towards searching for life on ocean worlds such as Europa and Enceladus. Kurfman is from Greenville, SC, and a 4th year Ph.D. student in analytical chemistry.