Cecilia Fasano, a PhD student in the University of Iowa Department of Physics and Astronomy, has earned a three-year, $135,000 NASA fellowship.
Fasano, with the guidance of Professors Casey DeRoo and Keri Hoadley, earned the Future Investigators in NASA Earth and Space Science and Technology (FINESST) fellowship from NASA's Astrophysics Division. DeRoo is the principal investigator and Hoadley is co-investigator on the grant providing the funding.
The award will enable Fasano to advance her research into making and assessing UV/X-ray diffraction gratings, which will be used in future NASA missions. Her NASA-funded work will form the basis of her PhD dissertation.
Fasano earned her bachelor's of science in physics from the University of Notre Dame, with honors and concentrations in advanced physics and astrophysics. She joined the Department of Physics and Astronomy, working in the DeRoo Research Group, in 2020.
The University of Iowa has played a substantial role in the development of space science research, ranging from the late Professor James Van Allen's early Rockoon experiments, and his1958 discovery of Earth's radiation belts with Explorer 1, through present-day spacecraft such as Voyager, MAVEN, the Van Allen Probes, and TRACERS.