Kathryn D. Sullivan Earth and Marine Science Fellowship
Goals of the Program
The Kathryn D. Sullivan Earth and Marine Science Fellowship is designed to increase the number of highly trained earth and marine scientists and enable graduate students to conduct NASA-related Earth/marine science research.
Fellowship money awarded by the SC Space Grant Consortium and SC Sea Grant Consortium will be administered through the scholar's institution. A maximum of $10,000 will be awarded, with each sponsoring institution supporting half of the award.
All applicants must be either full-time graduate students enrolled in an accredited consortium member institution or a successful applicant for full time admission to a Masters or Doctorate program in an accredited consortium member institution. Applicants must be citizens of the U.S. An individual accepting this award may not concurrently receive other Federal fellowships or traineeships. Underrepresented minorities, women, and persons with disabilities are strongly urged to apply.
Proposals for the Kathryn D. Sullivan Earth and Marine Science Fellowship must be written by the student. Continuing students are advised to enlist the aid of their faculty advisor for guidance, review, and commentary on the written material prior to submission. Students who have been accepted for admission to graduate school, but have not begun their first semester, must identify a faculty member who has agreed to be their faculty advisor and who can provide a written description of the proposed research and a budget. Required components of the proposal include:
Applicants will not be denied consideration on grounds of race, creed, color, age, or disability
For more information, please contact: Ms. Cynthia Hall, Associate Director
phone: 843.953.7852 | email: SCSGrant@cofc.edu
About Dr. Kathryn D. Sullivan
As a NASA Mission Specialist, chief scientist for NOAA, and as a geologist and oceanographer, Dr. Kathryn Sullivan has gained extensive experience both at sea and in space.
From 1978 to 1992, Sullivan served as a Mission Specialist Astronaut in NASA's Space Shuttle program. She became familiar with a variety of land remote sensing techniques as Mission Manager and in-flight scientist aboard NASA's high-altitude WB-57F aircraft. Among a variety of positions in flight support and operations, Sullivan flew aboard three Shuttle missions. In 1984, she flew aboard the Challenger, and became the first American woman to walk in space. In 1990, she was an EVA (Extra Vehicular Activity) Mission Specialist aboard Discovery, on the Hubble Space Telescope deployment mission. She was Payload Commander for the Atlas-1 Spacelab on her final flight, aboard Atlantis, in March 1992. Sullivan became involved in national civilian space policy when she was appointed to the National Commission on Space in 1985. She is actively involved in science education, primarily through the Challenger Center for Space Science Education, whose programs she helped design.
Prior to joining NASA, Dr. Sullivan took part in a variety of oceanographic research and survey cruises under the auspices of the U.S. Geological Survey, Wood's Hole Oceanographic Institution and Canada's Bedford Institute, including the international FAMOUS Project on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. In 1987, she took part in NOAA's national Undersea Research Program, diving on the Bermuda Seamount in a Pisces VI submersible to a record 6,500 feet. To remain active in applied oceanography, Sullivan sought a commission in the Naval Reserve Oceanography Program in 1988. She currently serves as a Captain in the United States Naval Reserve.
Sullivan graduated from the University of California at Santa Cruz in 1973, with a B.S. in Earth Sciences. Her doctorate in Geology was awarded by Dalhousie University in 1978. She has received honorary degrees from several institutes, including Dalhousie and Stevens Institute of Technology.
Sullivan is currently the assistant secretary of commerce for environmental observation and prediction and deputy administrator for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). She is also performing the duties of NOAA's chief scientist.
Sullivan has received many awards, including NASA's Medal for Outstanding Leadership, Exceptional Service Medal (twice) and Space Flight Medal (three times); the American Astronautical Society's Vic Prather EVA Award, the Haley Award of the American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics, the U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation's Lone Sailor Award, and the Ohio Museum Association's Distinguished Museum Professional Award.
Sullivan is a member of numerous oceanographic, geological and aerospace associations. She is a licensed pilot (power and glider) and SCUBA diver, and is fluent in several foreign languages. Her favorite pastimes are SCUBA diving, sailing, playing squash and reading.