The Astronaut Scholarship Foundation (ASF) seeks to support the brightest scholars and most accomplished undergraduate researchers in STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) while commemorating the legacy of America’s pioneering astronauts. The ASF has supported undergraduate students across the nation in pursuing their education for more than 30 years. The Astronaut Scholarship Foundation award is one of the most significant merit-based scholarships in STEM fields that can be awarded to an undergraduate. Students must be nominated by faculty based on achievements in their chosen field. Out of a pool of 42 Universities, ASF typically chooses one recipient from each school. However, Texas A&M undergraduate students have proved to be incredibly strong candidates and ASF has awarded scholarships to multiple A&M students in the past.
LAUNCH: National Fellowships congratulates the two awardees of the 2021 Astronaut Scholarship:
Cosmas Kravaris ‘22 is a junior earning two undergraduate degrees in applied mathematics and statistics, as well as a masters in mathematics (through the fast track program). Since his freshman year, he has been taking graduate courses and conducting research under Dr Rostislav Grigorchuk. His research focuses on group theory, the mathematical study of symmetry, and its interactions with combinatorics, spectral theory and dynamics. Currently, he works on three different projects with one publication under revision and one preprint publication. He plans on getting a Ph.D in mathematics and pursuing a career as a university professor. This summer, Cosmas is taking a course on World Geography, working on several research projects and spending time with many old friends. Cosmas says that winning this scholarship gives him great encouragement to continue pursuing achievements in research, and is an invaluable financial contribution to his undergraduate studies.
Ryan Rahman ‘22 is a biology major with a double minor in neuroscience and bioinformatics. Originally from Lubbock, Texas, Ryan has earned various honors during his time at Texas A&M such as the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and the Beckman Scholarship, which are national funding sources for intensive research. His current research focuses on achieving a greater understanding of how human immune cells eliminate pathogens to develop novel therapeutics for tuberculosis. Outside the lab, Ryan served as the President of the Texas A&M American Medical Student Association and Co-Chair of the Biology Honors Advisory Council. He also enjoys singing with Texas A&M Swaram A Cappella (check out their latest album: “Defy”) and playing tennis in his free time. Ryan is passionate about lifelong learning and hopes to earn an M.D./Ph.D to facilitate his long-term goal of integrating research and medicine to have a lasting impact on patients.
To read more about how LAUNCH: National Fellowships helps prepare outstanding students to compete for nationally-competitive awards such as the Astronaut Scholarship with the generous support of the Association of Former Students, please visit http://natlfellows.tamu.edu.