Senior Accepted Into NASA Program

Tariq Hamzey ('13) was one of 144 rising high school seniors from Virginia who was accepted this past summer into a week long program  at NASA Langley Research Center. It was the fifth year of  Virginia Aerospace Science and Technology Scholars (VASTS) residential academy, held in conjunction with  the Virginia Space Grant Consortium. The students attended one of three summer sessions of approximately fifty students each.

In preparation , a six month interactive distance-learning course on aerospace exploration was completed, and performance was a criterion for acceptance.  Students met astronaut Roger Crouch, toured the research center, and received college credit for the class.

Four teams were created each session, each focusing on a particular aspect of a mission to mars and all work was done according to standard NASA research protocol. Tariq was on the Mission Transit Team. The students  will be monitored by NASA for five years to follow their progress in their future educational plans as it relates to this field.

The program is an all-expense paid opportunity to study math, science, engineering and technology as it relates to space explorations. For more information visit