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USI student awarded scholarship funds through NASA

April 04, 2012 | John Farless
John Farless
Director of University Communications University Communications 812-228-5157
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Brett Bielefeld
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The Indiana Space Grant Consortium (INSGC) recently awarded a $1,500 scholarship to Brett Bielefeld, an engineering student from the Pott College of Science and Engineering at the University of Southern Indiana. This is the second time he has received a scholarship through INSGC.

INSGC funds scholarships for students pursuing careers in STEM (Science, Mathematics, Engineering, and Technology) fields. Recipients are chosen on a competitive basis. Two USI students, Chesea Heibel and Logan Storrer, received scholarships in the fall. The additional scholarship awarded to Bielefeld this spring is the result of supplemental funding from NASA for INSGC.

Bielefeld graduated from Boonville High School in 2008. An engineering major with math and physics minors, he is an active member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) USI student chapter and the USI Physics Club. He recently participated in a student design competition at the University of Missouri to create four cars powered by different energy sources for a relay race. He is also leading a team designing and building a vehicle for USI's first appearance at ASME's annual Human Powered Vehicle Challenge. Bielefeld worked at Nidec Motor Corporation as an intern in 2011, and will return this summer.  

The Indiana Space Grant Consortium awards scholarships to students at its affiliate institutions. INSGC is one of 52 consortia that are part of the National Space College and Fellowship Program, initiated by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration in 1989. Each consortium includes colleges, universities, businesses, and other private- and public-sector institutions working to further aerospace education and career training.

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