Throughout the internship, students learned about the Psyche mission by talking to NASA and ASU scientists and staff. The interns met weekly to talk about their projects, ask questions, receive feedback and collaborate.

“I’ve been amazed by the Psyche Inspired interns' curiosity in all arenas — from the science and engineering of the mission to the artistic techniques and genres they have explored,” says Psyche Mission co-investigator Cassie Bowman. “They have really pushed themselves to learn and develop.”

Students who completed the internship participated in the April showcase, which was open to the public. Interns talked about their experiences and creations, and a few even worked on projects to demonstrate their processes.

“People had multiple kinds of interactions with the pieces,” said Psyche Inspired intern and engineering management senior Kari Sanford, who wrote space-themed poetry during the showcase. “Everyone was challenged to find their own connection to the mission.”

In addition to being featured at the show, the original works are displayed throughout the year on social media, in an exhibit in ASU’s Noble Library, and featured on the Psyche Mission website. A coffee table book containing this year’s creations will be available this summer.

For the fall of 2018, the Psyche Inspired team will open the next round of applications nationally to any undergraduate student in the United States. A link to the application will be available on the Psyche website later this summer.

Someday, the team may even take the program to the international stage, allowing undergraduate students across the globe to be bolder in their own lives and share in the inspiration of scientific exploration.

Written by Brooke Owen, Psyche Inspired student manager