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12th Annual Kepler Scholarship
and Lectures Series Event

The Mt. San Antonio College Astronomy Department awards the Kepler Scholarships annually to outstanding students who have achieved academically, completed astronomy coursework and/or contributed toward the advancement of the college’s astronomy program.


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Mars InSight Mission

April 24, 2021 | 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Dr. Bruce Banerdt

(2021) Dr. Bruce BanerdtPrincipal Investigator of the Mars InSight Mission

Dr. Bruce Banerdt is a planetary geophysicist at the Jet Propulson Laboratory. He has served on a number of NASA and National Academy of Sciences advisory panels on planetary and space science and has published over 100 journal articles, reports and book chapters. His research focuses on the geological history of the planet Mars and geophysical investigations of the interiors of terrestrial planets using analyses of gravity, magnetic, topographic and seismic data. He served as Project Scientist for the Spirit and Opportunity rovers for six years. Dr. Bruce Banerdt will be speaking about the InSight Missions early scientific results and an update on its current condition on Mars.

Kepler Scholarship Recipients

Nikki Cielo
Nikki Cielo
Nikki Cielo is a graphic designer working toward a B.F.A. in graphic design in addition to an A.A....
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    • About the Mt. SAC Kepler Scholarship and Past Recipients Success

      The Mt. San Antonio College Astronomy Department awards the Kepler Scholarships annually to outstanding students who have achieved academically, completed astronomy coursework and/or contributed toward the advancement of the college’s Astronomy Program.

      The Kepler Scholarship and Lecture Series was established to

        1. provide students with scholarships and internship opportunities in Astronomy, Geology and other sciences;
        2. host keynote addresses by eminent scientists and engineers working in the fields of space and geological sciences;
        3. promote the importance of teaching in math/science
        4. assist in Mt. SAC’s math/science school outreach efforts.

Earth & Space Science Research Project Recipients:

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    • About the Redinger Family Earth & Space Science Research Project Grant

      The Earth and Space Science Research Grant (ESSRG) was established to provide monetary and professional support for students in the Earth and Space Sciences for the performance of a specific research project. The project areas of concentration are determined by the Earth Sciences and Astronomy Department.

      The objectives of the project will include research, discovery, interpretation, documentation and development of methods and systems for the advancement of knowledge in the Earth and Space Sciences. The projects will establish or confirm facts, reaffirm the results of previous work, solve new or existing problems, support or redefine theorems, or develop new theories. Projects may also be an expansion on previous research work. Research may be a replication of specific elements of classical scientific inquiry or methods to test the validity of instruments and validation of procedures or experiments.

      Research projects may take three primary forms: 1) Empirical research, which tests the feasibility of a solution using empirical evidence; 2) Exploratory research, which helps to identify and define a problem or question which may include field methods; 3) Constructive research, which tests theories and proposes solutions to a problem or question.

      The ESSRG will be a coordinated effort between the research student and members of the supporting departments within the Natural Sciences Division. Additional ESSRG information and sponsorship details can be obtained from the Earth Sciences and Astronomy Department or The Mt. San Antonio College Foundation.

Astronomy News

Uranus, “the sideways planet,” is an Ice Giant roughly four times larger than Earth.
Saturn is the sixth planet away from the sun. This planet is a gas giant mostly made of hydrogen
Jupiter is the fifth planet away from the sun and the biggest planet in our solar system.
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Thank you to all Supporters of the Kepler Scholarship and the Earth & Space Science Grant

Dr. Manuel and Gloria Baca
Dr. Mark D. Boryta
Julie Bray-Ali
Matthew T. Judd
Bill Lambert
Dr. Robert Nelson
Larry L. Redinger
Dr. William and Lina Scroggins
James and Eleanor Randall
Joumana H. McGowan
Ray McMullen and the Kiwanis of Walnut Valley
Meghan Chen
Karelyn Hoover
Spence and Jean Lyon
Athena Martinez
Janet McMullin
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Kepler Scholarship and Lecturer Dinner Contributors and Attendees


  • Kepler Scholarship and Distinguished Lecturer Committee

    Julie Bray-Ali, Chair
    Gloria Baca
    Dr. Manuel Baca
    Dr. Mark Boryta
    Chef Shelley Doonan
    Jessica Draper
    Michael Hood
    Heather Jones
    Matt Judd
    Linda Lundgren
    Dr. Betsy McCormick
    Janet McMullin
    Dr. Robert Nelson
    Larry Redinger
    John Vitullo

  • Mt. SAC Board of Trustees

    Dr. Manuel Baca
    Jay F. Chen
    Judy Chen Haggerty, Esq.
    Gary Chow
    Peter Hidalgo
    Robert F. Hidalgo
    Laura L. Santos
    Sophia Ruiz, Student Trustee
    Dr. Bill Scroggins, Mt. San Antonio College President & CEO