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The Devirian Graduate Student Research Award

About Mike Devirian:

Michael Devirian’s career in the space program is the quintessential picture of a success. Since graduating from UC Riverside in 1966 with a degree in physics, Mike worked for the majority of his career at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, where he served in various positions in space flight operations, including Director of Flight Operations on the Voyager Project; science data networking, science payloads on the International Space Station; the Hubble repair mission; and as program manager for space science instrument projects built and managed at JPL. From 2005-2012, he was the manager of NASA's Exoplanet Exploration Program, and its predecessor Navigator Program. He is a recipient of NASA’s Medal for Outstanding Leadership, and NASA’s Medal for Exceptional Service. Today he works as a consultant and is interested, among other things, in the environment, science, and technology. UCR’s EDGE Institute couldn’t be happier that Michael supports a scholarship fund for graduate students researching various aspects of global change. 

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Devirian Graduate Student Research Award:

On behalf of Mike Devirian, the UC Riverside EDGE Institute (Environmental Dynamics & Geo- Ecology) will support graduate students studying in areas related to global climate and environmental change and the associated changes to ecosystems. We will be awarded three $800 scholarships in 2017 and 2018. The scholarships can support any aspect of the student’s research, including fieldwork, conference attendance, or laboratory/computational expenses. Eligible applicants must be enrolled as full time graduate students at UC Riverside studying in the fields of biological, chemical, or physical sciences.

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