Deaver awarded South Carolina Space Grant Consortium Graduate Research Assistantship

November 7, 2018

Jessica Deaver, a second year Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences Ph.D. student working with Dr. Sudeep Popat, was awarded the South Carolina Space Grant Consortium’s (SCSGC) Graduate Research Assistantship (GRA) for the 2018-19 academic year.

The SCSGC GRA is designed to help meet the continuing needs of the aeronautics and space effort by increasing the number of highly trained scientists and engineers in aerospace, space science, space applications and space technology in South Carolina.  The GRA Program awards assistantships for graduate study leading to research-based masters or doctoral degrees in the fields of science, mathematics, and engineering.

Jessica’s project is on applying molecular microbiology tools to study and optimize microbial communities in the anode of microbial fuel cells (MFCs) fed with human waste and is part of a larger focus in Dr. Popat’s lab on developing MFCs with peroxide production for applications to space life support systems.