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Last modified: Thursday, July 24, 2008

Informatics student awarded fellowship through NASA Graduate Student Researchers Program

July 24, 2008

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Tonya Thompson-Stroman, a Ph.D. student in the Indiana University School of Informatics human-computer interaction design program, has been awarded a NASA Graduate Student Researchers Program fellowship for her proposal "Technology Aided Environmental Stress Reduction for Long Duration Space Missions."

Tonya Thompson-Stroman

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The fellowship will begin in August and lasts 12 months, with the potential for it to be renewed for two years. During that time, Thompson-Stroman will be investigating the use of Immersive Interactive Digital Environments for stress assessment, monitoring and management.

"Receiving one of these fellowships is quite an accomplishment. We are very proud of Tonya," said professor Erik Stolterman, director of the human-computer interaction design program. "She will gain valuable experience in her field and will have the chance to interact with some of the country's leading scientists and researchers."

The NASA Graduate Student Researchers Program awards fellowships for graduate study leading to degrees in the fields of science, math and engineering related to NASA research and development. The program supports approximately 180 graduate students each year.

Founded in 2000 as the first school of its kind in the United States, the Indiana University School of Informatics is dedicated to research and teaching across a broad range of computing and information technology, with emphases on science, applications and societal implications. The school includes the departments of computer science and informatics on the Bloomington campus and informatics on the IUPUI campus.

The School of Informatics administers a variety of bachelor's and master's degree programs in computer science and informatics, as well as Ph.D. programs in computer science and the first-ever Ph.D. in informatics. The school is dedicated to excellence in education and research and to partnerships that bolster economic development and entrepreneurship. For more information, visit