Q: Why did you want to get involved?
Stacey: I liked this program because it offered interesting and unique courses. I would never have had the opportunity to do something like this balloon launch in a traditional graduate program focused on observational astronomy.
Pourkarim: Progressing in the space sector is an important personal goal for me. After seeing the resources, in terms of personnel and components, that this program offers, I was convinced that this program offered a very good chance to learn and work in the field of space science and engineering.
Q: What would you say to other students considering this program?
Stacey: Through this program, I have had the pleasure of meeting and collaborating with many brilliant students from various academic backgrounds, culminating in the construction and launch of a high-altitude balloon mission in Saskatoon. I am very happy that I chose this program over a traditional Masters program, and would suggest anyone interested in space mission design and expanding their professional skills to do the same.
Pourkarim: If you are a student in a field that includes or is close to space science, or if you are someone interested in space, contact the people in the program and find out. This program offers a fantastic opportunity to learn, train, grow, network and gain experience in this field.