Jose Vélez Gonzales Receives NASA Harriett G. Jenkins Fellowship


By Shawn Schaller
Fall 2011

CReSIS graduate research assistant José Vélez Gonzales was recently awarded the NASA Harriett G. Jenkins Fellowship.

Jose Vélez Gonzales is a US Citizen and native of Puerto Rico. He has worked for CReSIS as a GRA since 2008 and is currently working toward his Ph.D. in Geophysics. He plans to use the fellowship in May 2012 to gather radar and seismic data, which he will then use to research ice column and ice bed properties at an as-yet undetermined location.

The Harriett G. Jenkins Fellowship Program was established to honor the work of Dr. Jenkins, who served as an Assistant Administrator for Equal Opportunity Programs at NASA from 1974-1992. Dr. Jenkins was a pivotal force in the advancement of minorities, women, and individuals with disabilities within the agency. She also led the development of multiple STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) research centers at Minority Institutions across the nation.

The fellowship is federally funded and awarded to masters- and doctoral-level American students from underrepresented populations in STEM disciplines. It supports recipient research for up to three years.

Congratulations to José Vélez Gonzales on the receipt of this prestigious award.