Student Fellowship Award

Helena Bates, a graduate student at Trinity, has been awarded a Zonta International Amelia Earhart Fellowship. 

Helena is a second year ‘split site’ DPhil student in the atmospheric, oceanic and planetary physics department at Oxford, and in the mineral and planetary sciences division at the Natural History Museum in London. Her focus is on meteorites, particularly those that have been altered by water. She aims to work out their composition and history – what processing they might have experienced on the asteroid they came from. She then tries to tie that information to existing data about asteroids, both from telescopic observations and, hopefully, data from current space missions, using infrared spectroscopy.

The fellowship will allow Helena to attend three major conferences during her third year: the Hayabusa Symposium in Japan in December 2018 , the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference in Texas in March 2019, and the Annual Meteoritical Society meeting in Japan, in July 2019.

Helena said: ‘These meetings will be very important as there are space missions currently on their way to some of the asteroids I am looking at which will have arrived at their targets by December this year, so lots of interesting new science should be presented!’

Zonta International is an organisation of professionals which empowers women through service and advocacy. To assist the future of women in the field of aerospace and other related sciences and engineering, Zonta International established the Amelia Earhart Fellowship in 1938 in honour of legendary aviator and Zontian, Amelia Earhart. The Fellowship of US$10,000 is awarded annually to up to thirty talented women who are pursuing doctoral degrees in aerospace-related sciences or aerospace-related engineering around the world.

Posted: 3 August 2018

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