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Prominent Vietnamese student won NASA internship

07:14 | 21/07/2020

After receiving a full scholarship worth VND 6 billion (US$ 259,000) to study at a university in the US, Nguyen Hoang Ngan passed interviews to become an intern at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

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Nguyen Hoang Ngan won an internship in NASA. Photo: Internet

Nguyen Hoang Ngan, 22, is a former student at Le Hong Phong High School for the Gifted in HCM City. Four years ago, Ngan thanks to his terrain wheelchair disabled project, obtained a scholarship to study in the US.

Ngan is studying mathematics and physics at Harvey Mudd College in California and intended to carry out research at a scientific research establishment, but Ngan’s program was canceled because of Covid-19.

Many organizations and science establishments in the US have halted their operation, downsized the labor force, and suspended research because of the pandemic.

He found that in Vietnam, there were not many ‘playing fields’ for high school and university students. Some competitions in science and technology development are designed for university students only, while other scientific exhibitions are reserved only for brilliant ideas.

In Vietnam, there were not many ‘playing fields’ for high school and university students. Some competitions in science and technology development are designed for university students only, while other scientific exhibitions are reserved only for brilliant ideas.

Exhibitions and forums where students can share experiences are organized but there is little else.

For instance, it is very difficult to find models which give support and provide additional comprehensive knowledge to promote the potential of people who are nurturing their ideas and scientific topics.

When implementing the terrain wheelchair project, Ngan and his friends had to do everything from scratch. Lacking experience and knowledge, they had to read hundreds of documents to find solutions.

As a result, Ngan decided to connect Vietnamese students engaging in scientific research. He kicked off Science for the Future Fair project, a non-profit program which aims to create a free playing field to inspires young people who have aspirations for scientific research.

Ngan initially did not intend to apply for the internship because he thought NASA did not accept many interns in theoretical physics but thanks to his teacher, who introduced him to another teacher who was working for NASA, where he was admitted after an interview

Then he became an intern at NASA and began working there this summer. His major task would be designing an experiment from a satellite to the Earth and from the Moon back to the Earth. The aim of the experiment was to find out whether quantum theory was influenced by relativity and vice versa.

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