MEDIA ADVISORY: USC Student Wins Astronaut Scholarship

September 30, 2013

Largest monetary scholarship in science and engineering awarded to Jason Silverman, junior in astronautical engineering 

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WHAT: A USC junior will be presented with a $10,000 scholarship from the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation

WHO: Jason Silverman, USC student and scholarship winner; and Walt Cunningham, Apollo 7 astronaut

WHEN: Thursday, Oct. 3. Set-up begins at 5 p.m.; presentation begins at 5:30 p.m.

WHERE: Taper Hall of Humanities, room 102; USC University Park Campus

WHY: Apollo 7 astronaut Walt Cunningham will present USC student Jason Silverman with the Astronaut Scholarship, the largest monetary award given in the United States to science and engineering students based solely on merit.

Silverman, a junior with a 4.0 GPA, majors in astronautical engineering and is a member of the merit research and engineering honors programs. He has completed research in lunar propellant distribution architecture at Tsinghua University, worked an internship  at SpaceX, and has designed avionics systems, passive roll-control technologies and high-powered rockets with the USC Rocket Propulsion Lab (RPL).

Silverman was part of the RPL team that attempted to launch a rocket to space two weeks ago in Black Rock Nevada, and is preparing for a second attempt in October.