Micaela Fleetwood Receives Prestigious Astronaut Scholarship

ASF Congratulations to the 2020 Class of Astronaut Scholars. Micaela Fleetwood pictured right.

Micaela Fleetwood, a biology major with minors in chemistry and psychology, has been selected for the prestigious Astronaut Scholarship. The Astronaut Scholarship Foundation was founded in 1984 by the six surviving Mercury 7 astronauts with the mission to ensure that the United States would be the global leader in technology for decades to come. The ASF partners with universities, industry leaders and individual donors to reward the best and brightest university students pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The scholarship is competitively awarded to students at 41 partnering universities across the nation, including such institutions as the University of California, Berkeley, the University of Texas at Austin, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Johns Hopkins University. ASF scholars receive substantial support in the form of a $10,000 scholarship, mentors, professional and personal development and networking with astronauts and major executives and industry leaders to help advance their careers.

Selected as a member of the 2020 Astronaut Scholar Class, Micaela is an inquisitive SCMNS junior who performs excellently both in and out of the classroom. In addition to making the Dean’s List and earning top grades across the curriculum, Micaela is an active member of research labs in both biology and psychology. Micaela has been learning about experimental design and a variety of wet-lab research techniques under the mentorship of Dr. Yuejin Li, assistant professor of biology. With Dr. Li’s assistance, she is developing a proposal for ASCEND’s Health Research Concepts Competition to receive grant funding for a study of cardiac muscle function at the molecular level. At the same time, Micaela has also been working with Dr. Ingrid Tulloch, assistant professor of psychology, and Dr. Timothy Meeker in the Department of Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital on a neuroimaging meta-analysis on mechanical pain and central sensitization. During this study, she has been learning about the use of meta-analysis software and reviewing scientific literature.

Micaela’s goals combine her passions for science and for helping others. After completing her undergraduate degree at Morgan, she plans to enroll in a medical scientist training program where she can pursue an MD/PhD degree. She ultimately hopes to become a physician in a field where she can positively impact people’s lives.