ASE-ISU scholarship and prize for SSP16 and MSS16 participants
For the fourth time the Association of Space Explorers (ASE) and the International Space University (ISU) awarded a supporting scholarship to a young space student that financially ensures their participation in ISU’s two-month Space Studies Program (SSP).
This year’s course was held in July and August in Haifa, Israel, and the scholarship was awarded to Praskovia Milova from Russia. As Praskovia put it in her own words:
“Even if I'm holding a PhD degree I was still learning a lot during the core lectures. It was a great opportunity to get a bigger picture, and I'm sure that the interdisciplinary approach is something that will help me while dealing with my daily job (and even daily life). I think the departmental activities were the best part of the program.” She joined the Humanities department for the in-depth individual studies. “The highlight of the program is the people - both participants and staff. At first I was wondering what I was doing in that crowd of amazing people. But then I thought, if I was selected for the program at all, and moreover I was supported by two scholarships (ISU and ASE), maybe there was a reason for it. This thought gives me a lot of encouragement and confidence in pursuing my research work, to be more initiative, and to give back to the society as much as I can.” says Praskovia. “We [also] had an Overview Effect workshop in the desert - an opportunity to experience what astronauts feel once they're in space and are able to observe the Earth from a distance.”
SSP Director John Connolly handed the ASE-ISU scholarship certificate to Praskovia Milova during SSP16.
The Association of Space Explorers is the professional organization of space flyers from all over the world who want to convey the beneficial orbital perspective that they had the privilege to experience to the current generation of people on Earth and the next generation of space explorers.
ISU and ASE closely cooperate in this endeavor, the European chapter of ASE is located at ISU in Strasbourg. The scholarship money was mostly donated by Helen Sharman from UK, who celebrated her 25th flight anniversary this year.
In addition and for the first time this year the best individual project thesis of ISU’s Masters of Space Studies course 2015/2016 was awarded to Carlos Entrena-Utrila for his project report on how to construct a business case out of Human Spaceflight missions to Mars. The prize money was contributed by ASE Europe member André Kuipers from the Netherlands and his education foundation. Dr. Reinhold Ewald ASE Europe Secretary congratulated Carlos Entrena-Utrila during the MSS16 graduation ceremony at ISU.