Vance Brand
Vance Brand (Photo Courtesy of CU-Boulder)

Astronaut Vance Brand will visit the University of Colorado campus next week to present a student with a $10,000 scholarship during a public lecture and award presentation.

During the presentation, which will begin at 3 p.m. Oct. 5 in the lobby of Andrews Hall -- which is home to the Engineering Honors Program -- Brand will share his experiences from the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project and three space shuttle missions.

He'll present the scholarship award from the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation to student Srinidhi Radhakrishnan.

The presentation is free and open to the public. The scholarship is the largest monetary award given in the United States to science, technology, engineering and math undergraduates that is based solely on merit.

CU-Boulder scholarship recipient Sri Radha
CU-Boulder scholarship recipient Sri Radha (Photo Courtesy of the University of Colorado)

The scholarship winners are selected for their drive, performance in their field as well as their desire to change the world around them, according to CU.

Radhakrishnan is a junior majoring in chemical and biological engineering and a participant in the Engineering Honors Program and Presidents Leadership Class. She volunteers her time to the CU student chapter of Engineers Without Borders and writes for Colorado Engineer Magazine.

She also participates in two research groups: one that centers on the synthesis of hydrogel nanoparticles and the other focusing on modeling the physical and mechanical properties of the eye. Her goal is to pursue graduate degrees in tissue engineering and she hopes to devise restorative mechanisms that heal heart tissue.

"The Astronaut Scholarship Foundation has awarded $173,000 to CU-Boulder students alone since 1995, indicative of the high caliber of our students," said Chancellor Phil DiStefano in a statement. "Sri represents the best and brightest of students, not only at CU but across the nation. We are extremely proud of her accomplishments and endeavors."

Brand is one of 18 astronauts affiliated with CU-Boulder. He graduated from Longmont High School and holds bachelor's degrees in business and aeronautical engineering from CU-Boulder.

Contact Camera Staff Writer Brittany Anas at 303-473-1132 or anasb@dailycamera.com.