Geoscience student wins Keck Internship

Geoscience student wins Keck Internship

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Geosciences undergraduate Helena Mallonee has out-of-this-world plans for her summer break — studying Martian lava flow.

Mallonee is one of only a handful of students selected this year as a Keck Geology Consortium summer intern, and only the second student ever selected from Boise State. Benjamin Linhoff was a summer 2004 intern who currently is in a Ph.D. program at Woods Hole and Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

The Keck Geology Consortium is a multi-college collaboration focused on enriching undergraduate education through development of high-quality research experiences.

She will spend the following month at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Penn., with principal investigators Chris Hamilton and Jake Bleacher of the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. While there, she will learn to work with Martian remote sensing datasets, including Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter  images, Context Camera at 6-12 m/pixel, and the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment.

Upon returning to Boise State, Mallonee will continue her work by producing a senior thesis over the 2013-2014 academic year under the advisement of Brittany Brand, a volcanologist in the Department of Geosciences.