Nine Henderson students receive Arkansas Space Grant funds

Brandon Bishop, Alexander Hunter, Hayden Purdy, and Jacob Sampson are among the Henderson students who received Space Grant funding.

Nine Henderson State University students were awarded funding this summer from the Arkansas Space Grant Consortium to support their projects and research.

Patrick Porch of Malvern, Michael Kempson of Bald Knob, and Chance Young of Cabot received a $15,000 Student Intensive Training Grant which provides a stipend for each student and funding for materials.

They are working on a high-powered rocketry project and pursuing their required certifications as they seek to compete in a national rocketry competition.

Kayce Krantz of Gurdon, who is also working on a rocketry project, received a STEM grant with a stipend intended to provide opportunities for underrepresented groups in the sciences.

Justin Mason of Pearcy, Hayden Purdy of Bryant, Jacob Sampson of Bismarck, Brandon Bishop of Sherwood, and Alexander Hunter of Donaldson received Work Force Development grants which provide students with a stipend through the summer so they can focus on research, rather than searching for a job.

They are working with Dr. Basil Miller, professor of engineering and physics, on an autonomous rover and ground-penetrating radar projects.

Porth and Kempson are physics majors, and Young and Mason are double majors in engineering and physics. Krantz is a mathematics secondary education major. Purdy, Bishop, and Hunter are engineering majors. And Sampson is a computer engineering major.

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The Arkansas Space Grant Consortium (ASGC) is a pivotal part of a nationwide network funded by NASA to enhance America's aerospace science and technology capabilities. ASGC partners with universities and colleges across Arkansas to advance space science education, research, and public outreach.

Through scholarships, research grants, and educational programs, ASGC supports students and faculty in STEM fields, aligning with NASA's mission to inspire the next generation of scientists, engineers, and explorers, according to the ASGC website.