April 13, 2015 at 4:59 pm

Undergrad Heads to California to Study Atmosphere with NASA

In the summer of 2014, Kylie Holmes ’16 worked on a particle physics project at the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility in Newport News, VA.

Kylie Holmes, double major in Astrophysics and Meteorology

Kylie Holmes, double major in Astrophysics and Meteorology

For 2015, the double major in Astrophysics and Meteorology headed to California for summer study work to conduct atmospheric research with NASA.

Holmes will be a part of the NASA Student Airborne Research Program, in collaboration with National Suborbital Education and Research Center and the University of North Dakota.

The first two weeks of the program will be spent at NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center and on the Edwards Air Force Base, primarily using the DC-8 research aircraft to measure atmospheric gas and conduct land/water surface imaging.

“The remaining six weeks of the program will take place at UC Irvine, where I will have the opportunity to create an individual project focusing on atmospheric chemistry, air quality, forest ecology, or ocean biology,” says Holmes.

Each area of research will have separate field measurement opportunities in locations surrounding Los Angeles. In August, Homes and the other students will formally present their result results and conclusions in front of faculty and possible NASA administrators.

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