Stephen Schertz, Merced College student and NASA Community College Aerospace Scholar


Stephen Schertz, Merced College student and NASA Community College Aerospace Scholar

MERCED – NASA Community College Aerospace Scholars (NCAS) selected Stephen Schertz
of Merced to attend the NCAS Virtual Experience, July 19-29, 2021.

Schertz’s successful completion of a five-week online NCAS course earned them a spot to
participate in the NCAS Virtual Experience. Schertz is one out of 187 community college
students from across the country, to participate in the nine-day virtual experience.

Selected community college students learn more about NASA’s missions and careers in science
and engineering throughout the virtual experience. Students form teams and design a mission
to explore the Moon or Mars. Each student team specifically arranges a company infrastructure,
assigns responsibilities, manages a budget, and develops communications and outreach
strategies. Students also attend briefings given by NASA subject matter experts, receive
information on how to apply for NASA internships, and virtually tour NASA’s unique facilities
during the event.

During the closing ceremony NASA mentor, Laura Sarmiento, was happy to
announce Gemini Navy crew that Schert’z was assigned to won their competition and received
handsome awards.

The Minority University Research and Education Program, or MUREP, funds NASA Community
College Aerospace Scholars. MUREP commits to engaging underrepresented and underserved
students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) with authentic learning
experiences to sustain a diverse workforce.

With this activity, NASA continues the tradition of engaging the nation in its mission of human
exploration and sustainable expansion across the solar system and bringing new knowledge
and opportunities back to Earth.

“NCAS inspires community college students to advance in STEM fields, and it also opens doors
for future careers at NASA. NCAS alumni can often move on to NASA internships and possibly
ultimately enter the NASA workforce. It is rewarding to see the progression of a student from
NCAS participant to NASA colleague,” says Torry Johnson, Minority University Research and
Education Project (MUREP) Manager.

For additional information, please contact NASA Community College Aerospace Scholars by
email at or by phone at (281) 244-7029. For more information, visit:

For more on MUREP, visit:
For updates on social media, follow: #NCAS2021 #MUREP

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.