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Sheri Klug Boonstra is the Principal Investigator (PI) of NASA’s Lucy Student Pipeline and Competency Enabler (L’SPACE) Program – NASA’s Lucy Asteroid Mission Student Collaboration at Arizona State University and is the director of strategic partnerships and co-instructor for the ASU Space Works Project. Both of these programs help science and engineering students gain and apply relevant workforce skills and practices that lead to proficiencies that are valued by NASA and the space-based aerospace industry.
Ms. Klug Boonstra has more than 20 years of experience in creating and implementing national NASA STEM education pipeline programs that stretch vertically from pre-college to workforce including: PI for NASA’s largest undergraduate internship program (USRP) annually placing over 300+ science and engineering students in immersive projects nationally across all 10 NASA centers; Director of the Mars Education Program which produces and implements NASA’s award-winning Mars Student Imaging Project that has engaged more than 80,000 elementary through early college students working in teams using ASU’s THEMIS camera onboard the Mars Odyssey Spacecraft to conduct authentic research on Mars. She has worked on multiple NASA projects including Mars Odyssey, Mars Exploration Rovers, Lucy Asteroid Mission, and Astrobiology.
Ms. Klug Boonstra is currently on the AAAS Science in the Classroom Advisory Council and is currently serving as the education chair of the planetary section for the American Geophysical Union. She is a veteran of more than 100 regional, national, and international science education presentations/publications and has been instrumental as a PI or Co-I in raising more than $47 million dollars in grant money for STEM education programs.