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UO undergraduate Physics Major, Manju Bangalore, Featured in ‘Around the O’

Physics senior, Manju Bangalore just returned from an internship at NASA where she worked on the Orion spacecraft, which is designated to return astronauts to the moon and eventually, to Mars.

Bangalore’s first NASA internship in 2015 at Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, “focused on the economics of in-space propulsion,” and in the fall of 2016 she worked on spaceships at NASA, where she had the opportunity to help develop technology and science policy at the White House.

It’s also vital to Bangalore, a first generation Indian-American, to recognize that as a woman of color, especially one in the sciences, she is not expected to attain such coveted positions. “Women in the sciences or people of color in the sciences are just marginalized communities who are told that failure is really prevalent for them,” she says. “When people have really low expectations of a woman or a person of color in the sciences, it’s easy to surprise them but it makes it even more worth it to surprise them.”

In January, Manju be heading back to Houston for her third internship at NASA.

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