Stars in her eyes
A CURTIN University geology student will study interstellar dust with NASA after being selected for a three-month internship at the Johnson Space Centre in Houston in Texas.
Nicole Nevill, of Seville Grove, is currently studying a PhD in applied geology and will head to Houston in June to research whether there is a link between interstellar organic compounds and the origin of life itself.
Ms Nevill said the internship was an exciting opportunity and she was honoured to be selected to contribute to the upcoming research project with NASA.
“I have always been fascinated with the concept of space, and the mysteries and challenges that surround it, so when the internship with NASA came up it seemed like a once-ina-lifetime opportunity,” Ms Nevill said.
Ms Nevill is currently studying primordial components in primitive meteorites at Curtin, which can determine the early formation of the environment, evolutionary processes and the formation of our solar system. She was also awarded the Victorian Space Science Education Centre-NASA Australian Space Prize for top planetary sciences honours in Australia for geology.
Curtin student Nicole Nevill is taking off to NASA to undertake research.