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From Air and Space Intern to Award Winning Researcher

Posted on January 3, 2017 by in The OFI Blog

Tracee Haupt has always been a lover of art, history, and space. In high school, Haupt especially enjoyed learning about the artwork of Wassily Kandinsky and aviation specifically Charles Lindbergh’s non-stop flight across the Atlantic.  In 2015, as an undergraduate, Haupt spent the summer interning at the  National Air and Space Museum (NASM). Because of the her expert skills and superb writing and research skills, she was granted additional access to archives and researched the 1962-1973 history of NASA’s art program.

After finishing her research, Haupt wrote a paper about her findings, that would win her the Sacknoff Prize for Space and History. This is one of the biggest awards pertaining to space history in which her work as an undergraduate was up against the work of graduate students and Ph.D.’s. Haupt’s new found skills and passion now have her pursuing a duel master’s degree from the University of Maryland.

For more on Tracee Haupt’s story, read a recent article in the Frederick News Post here.