Bonjour from International Space University!

Elizabeth's journal about her experience at International Space University in Strasbourg, France. Read on to find out what she did...

Sunday, June 04, 2006

International Space University

So I figured I better explain what I'm doing this summer and how this came about. I will be participating in the Summer Session Program (SSP) at International Space University (ISU) in Strasbourg, France for two months. ISU is focused on what they call the 3i's: international, intercultural, and interdisciplinary.

The ISU SSP is an intense nine-week course for postgraduate students and young professionals of all disciplines – a unique educational experience. The curriculum covers the principal space-related fields, both technical and non-technical and ranges from engineering, physical sciences and satellite applications to life sciences, policy, management and humanities.

In other words, this isn't going to be a vacation like so many seem to think it will be. :) There are some neat things going on while I'm there though. For instance, the Tour de France starts in Strasbourg the day after I get there!

How did this opportunity come about? Believe it or not I just happened to read about it in the JSC Today, which is a daily newletter sent out at Johnson Space Center (JSC). NASA's JSC offers a fellowship to one person each year, and I decided to apply. Honestly, I didn't think I had a chance, but after a long application and an interview, here I am! Even Louisian Tech University thought it was a big deal and decided to do a short article on me for their Tech Triumph's webpage.

I'm now less than a month from heading over there. I've been trying to learn some French before I go, but finding time is always a challenge. I know this will be an amazing, once in a lifetime experience, but I'm also going to miss Ross, my friends, and my family. So keep in touch!