Department of Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering in the College of Engineering at the University of Michigan


Six Climate & Space Graduate Students Receive NASA Fellowships

Posted: May 31, 2017

Six Climate & Space Graduate Students Receive NASA Fellowships

Climate & Space is very pleased to announce that six department graduate students have been selected to receive prestigious NASA graduate fellowships in 2017. This year, 30% of the total fellowship applications submitted by CLaSP students were accepted while the overall selection rate is only 16%, continuing the department’s strong showing in the annual competitive selection process.
CLaSP professor and department Chair James A. Slavin said he was very pleased with the results. “Another good year for Climate & Space and NESSF. This is great news!”
Associate professor Xianglei Huang, who chairs the department Ph.D. program, said, “This reflects the quality and potential of our graduate students. This is not the first time that the Climate & Space department has had so many winners.”

Each year, the NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship (NESSF) Program sends out a call for graduate fellowship proposal applications from accredited U.S. universities. The applicants are students pursuing Masters or Doctoral (Ph. D) degrees in Earth and space sciences, or related disciplines.

NASA awards new graduate fellowships in each of the SMD’s four Science Divisions: Earth Science, Heliophysics, Planetary Science, and Astrophysics. This year, Climate & Space students were awarded fellowships in 3 of the 4 categories:

Planetary Science

  • Dewey, Ryan (Student); Jim Raines (Advisor)
    “Reconnection-associated acceleration and dynamics at Mercury”
  • Sarkango, Yash (Student); Xianzhe Jia (Advisor)
Understanding Jupiter's magnetosphere through global MHD simulations"

Earth Science

  • Jamie Ward; Mark Flanner (Advisor) 

    “Quantifying the Relative Contributions of Aerosols, Blocking Events, and Low Level Liquid Clouds to Greenland Snow Melt”
  • Zachary Fair; Xianglei Huang (Advisor)
“Response of Modeled Far-IR Flux and Emissivity to Greenland Clouds and Ice Sheet Melt“
  • Anthony Torres; Gretchen Keppel-Aleks (Advisor)
    “Quantifying Drivers of Sub-Seasonal Variations in Total Carbon Column Dioxide for Improved Flux Estimation”


  • Tong Shi; Ward Manchester (Advisor)
    “Simulating the Initiation and Liftoff Phases of CMEs with Comparisons to Spectroscopic Observations”

Congratulations graduates! 

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