Sataparna Mukherjee 18 year old from West Bengal village bags top Nasa scholarship

Sataparna Mukherjee 18 year old from West Bengal village bags top Nasa scholarship

Sataparna Mukherjee from West Bengal bags tops Nasa scholarship who is 18 years old from West Bengal village bags top Nasa scholarship. A class 12 student from a village in West Bengal is selected by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (Nasa) for its prestigious Goddard Internship Programme under the Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS).

Of the total five students chosen for the GID programme across the world, she is one among them. Every year NASA’s GIP  programme selects five exceptional students from across the world and sponsors their entire after school education.

Sataparna Mukherjee who is a class 12 student of St Judes School, Madhyamgram, in Kamduni will appear for the 12th exams this year. She will pursue graduation at Oxford University and enrol for post-graduation and PhD as Nasa Faculty in aerospace engineering at its London Astrobiology Centre.

Sataparna Mukherjee 18-year-old bags top Nasa scholarship

Sataparna will work as an “employee and researcher” working for the earth science and technology development programme under the Goddard Internship Programme. Apart from bearing all expenses, Nasa will pay the generous sum as an honorarium.

Sataparna Mukherjee from West Bengal bags top Nasa scholarship

Sataparna shared her thoughts and findings on ‘The Black Hole Theory and its use in building “Time Machine” on Nasa’s official website. Her paper on ‘Black Hole Theory’ was appreciated by Nasa’s scientific community. And this gave her the platform from which she got selected for NASA’s GIP  programme.

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Sataparna’s Father in his interview with TOI has said that “She has made us, and the entire country, proud.” and Pulak Chakraborty a professor commented that “She is a very good student and her ability should not be judged through her marks alone. She is original, and that has made her attain so much.”

Her father Pradip Mukherjee said that as the initial cost has to be met for travelling, he is planning to approach the banks for a loan. He was very strong when he said that he will not let the opportunity go for her daughter.

On August 17th Sataparna will fly to London and her parents are leaving no stone unturned to meet the initial expenses of her journey. Sataparna said, “I am very happy to get this opportunity where I will also work as a researcher at the Nasa centre in London.”

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