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May 26
Daniel Lesman Awarded 2020 Astronaut Scholarship Foundation Award

Daniel-Lesman-Astronaut-Scholar-2020.pngDaniel Lesman, junior honors biomedical science major, has been awarded a 2020 Astronaut Scholarship Foundation (ASF) award. Astronaut Scholarships are awarded to students in their junior and senior year of college studying science, technology, engineering, or mathematics with the intent to pursue research or advance their field upon completion of their final degree. Astronaut Scholars are among the best and brightest minds in STEM who show initiative, creativity, and excellence in their chosen field. Daniel aims to earn an MD/PhD in molecular biology to research and develop therapies for rare neuromuscular disorders. Daniel was nominated by his research mentor Dr. Nicolas Wein, and selected by the ASF for his impressive research on gene therapies for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy and Huntington's Disease. Additionally, Daniel has conducted research at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, all while maintaining a stellar GPA.

The ASF annually awards more than fifty scholarships valued up to $10,000 to each selected scholar. The ASF scholarship award is just the beginning for Astronaut Scholars, and their selection is the beginning of a life-long relationship with astronauts, alumni, and great leaders who span academia, technical research, and corporate leadership. All students must be nominated by their research mentor, and as a participating university, OSU many forward two applications on to the ASF. Daniel is OSU's seventh Astronaut Scholar.

For more information on the Astronaut Scholarship, please visit https://www.astronautscholarship.org/index.html. OSU Students interested in applying for the Astronaut Scholarship or other nationally competitive awards should contact fellowships@osu.edu.