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Student working at NASA's Cal Tech lab

Caleb Wherry was supposed to have returned to Austin Peay State University for the Spring 2009 semester after spending last semester as an intern in a highly competitive National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) program.

However, plans have changed for the computer science student.

For the next four months, Wherry is working at NASAs California Institute of Technology (Cal Tech) Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., as part of an internship.

Wherry is helping the lab staff run 3-D computer models of dying stars and birthing stars.
Caleb Wherry was supposed to have returned to Austin Peay State University for the Spring 2009 semester after spending last semester as an intern in a highly competitive National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) program.

However, plans have changed for the computer science student.

For the next four months, Wherry is working at NASA's California Institute of Technology (Cal Tech) Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., as part of an internship.

Wherry is helping the lab staff run 3-D computer models of dying stars and birthing stars.

“I'm definitely taking the academics I gained at Austin Peay to work,” Wherry said. “To me, this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”

Wherry said he hopes to return to APSU for the Fall 2009 semester.

From last summer until the end of 2008, Wherry interned in NASA's Undergraduate Student Research Program and received a total stipend of $15,000. He worked at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in Livermore, Calif., and at Langley Research Center, Hampton, Va. -- Melony Shemberger