What's Manju Doing?
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I received my B.S. in physics and minor in mathematics in 2018 from the University of Oregon

I plan on attending graduate school for aerospace engineering in 2020 to study nuclear electric propulsion, which I believe will be what takes humans to Mars. So far, I have been accepted to the University of Cambridge, University of Oxford, and the University of Southern California.



One of my biggest passions is human space exploration. While in college, I spent five terms at NASA Marshall Space Flight Center and NASA Johnson Space Center in the Astronaut office working on spacecraft propulsion and cockpit display design.



In 2016, I worked in Office of Science and Technology Policy at the White House. I served as President Obama’s final National Science and Technology Council intern during the last four months of the administration. While I was there, I developed transition documents, oversaw interagency working groups on everything from soil science to space exploration, and organized White House events. I also curated an exhibit on the National Women’s Party.

In addition to the work I did in D.C., I incorporated policy into my senior research project, which assessed the various transportation options to get to Mars and the politics / economics around each one.



My ultimate goal is to become a NASA astronaut.

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Media & Awards

Throughout my career, I have received the Presidential Undergraduate Research Scholarship and the Summit Scholarship. In addition, I was a Science Literacy Program Scholar, Wayne Morse Scholar, and Truman Scholarship Finalist.

I also was published by NASA on my 2015 project and in Esquire on how to get to Mars.


Mission to Mars

Manju Bangalore’s favorite memory stays with her in sharp, crisp detail.

“I was really young, like five or six, and my dad would pick me up from school, and we would take the back roads home,” she says as she laughs…

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NASA Internships

Corvallis native and Crescent Valley High School graduate Manju Bangalore started her fifth internship with NASA in January.

Bangalore, a recent physics graduate at the University of Oregon, said the key to getting in at NASA is persistence…

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Rocket Science

UO sophomore Manju Bangalore has just earned one of the highest national academic achievements an undergraduate student can receive.

Bangalore is one of 60 U.S. students selected from more than 300 competitive applications to present their research at the 20th annual Posters on the Hill event in Washington, D.C., on April 19-20…

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