2011 Annual Science Report
NASA Ames Research Center Reporting | SEP 2010 – AUG 2011
EPO Activity: Astrobiology EPO Summer Intern Program
Jessica Rabalais, a sophomore at Chapman College in Orange County, CA, joined the NAI Ames Team this summer as the team’s first Astrobiology EPO intern. Jessica is a graduate of the Ames Team “Lassen Astrobiology Student Intern Program” at Red Bluff High School – a collaboration between the high school, Lassen Volcanic National Park and the Ames Team. When Jessica entered the two-year, high-school program in her junior year, her intention was to become a theater arts major in college. After completing the Lassen intern program, she changed her major to science communications with hopes of becoming a NASA EPO lead in the future.
Jessica’s responsibilities and accomplishments during her eight weeks at Ames this summer were many:
- Served as student leader for the NASA STEP Summer High School Program (Science, Technology, Engineering Program)
- Assisted in further developing and evaluating the Lassen Astrobiology Intern Program from a “graduate’s” perspective
- Supported development of astrobiology material for high school science curricula
- Assisted in creating an online astrobiology resource page for the Lassen interns on the Ames Team website at: http://www.amesteam.arc.nasa.gov/EPO/lassen_assignments.html
- Utilized Survey Monkey to create a Lassen internship student survey. Contacted all past and present interns of which 70% completed and returned the survey.
- Coordinated the creation of an astrobiology archive of the SETI Institute’s weekly radio show.
As a result of her successful summer EPO intern experience at Ames, Jessica convinced Chapman College to create a special major in science communication. Jessica is interested in future summer internships with other NASA teams.