|Nathan Boll Heads to NASA Internship, Ph.D. Position
(May 1, 2013)
University of Montana Western TRiO Student Support Services participant Nathan Boll is graduating Magna Cum Laude from UM Western this May 2013. Nathan entered UM Western three years ago as a non-traditional age, low income, first generation student. In the summer of 2012, Nathan received a coveted Research Scholarship with the Jet Propulsion Lab through NASA in Pasadena, CA, where he worked with the Mars Curiosity project. This summer he has been asked to return to NASA as a Research Associate for the highly competitive NASA Space Academy at the Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio.
After his 10 week stint with his NASA projects, including initial planning of Venus atmospheric probes, Nathan will be attending the University of Michigan’s Rackham Graduate School, Department of Atmospheric, Oceanic, and Space Sciences. He will be receiving a generous stipend, as well as a full-ride scholarship, into their doctoral program.
Nathan’s achievement of the goal to graduate with a 4.0 GPA, and enter a prestigious Doctoral program with the prospect of receiving his Ph.D. before his 40th birthday looks to be well on its way to obtainment. Nathan has been an active participant of TRiO Student Support Services, as well as manager of the campus radio station, co-creator of an intramural rugby club, Assistant Residence hall Director, and member of the Alphi Chi Honor Society. Nathan says he is happy to be a spokesman for TRiO and the work that happens within TRiO programs. "The people in TRiO have been instrumental in my start at UMW and they've guided and been with me the whole way."