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Horticulture Major Ruqayah Bhuiyan Accepts Internship With NASA’s Kennedy Space Center

Horticulture Major Ruqayah Bhuiyan Accepts Internship With NASA’s Kennedy Space Center

Ruqayah Bhuiyan, Horticulture major and current Tau Chapter President of PAX, has been accepted into the NASA Internship Program at the Kennedy Space Center!!! This is a very competitive six-month paid internship beginning in January. “The goal of this research is to develop optimized food crop growth systems for future NASA exploration missions. Researchers may investigate plant growth responses to LED lighting, nutrient recipes, and water delivery methods for application in microgravity. New crops for space will be tested. Research may also address plant/microbial interactions and food safety implications. Other research areas that may be involved include chemical analysis, bioinformatics, robotics, 3-D printing, and sensors for control systems. Projects will utilize controlled environmental conditions and hardware relevant to NASA’s Veggie and Advanced Plant Habitat growth chambers for the International Space Station and future food production systems.” What a great opportunity. Well done Ruqayah! 

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Professor of Floriculture, and Extension Specialist for Greenhouse Production and Floriculture, and Chapter Advisor to the Tau Chapter of PAX (Pi Alpha Xi National Horticulture Honor Society).