Congratulations to LPL graduate student Sarah Sutton, recipient of a NSF Graduate Research Program Fellowship (GRPF). This prestigious fellowship provides funding and tuition deferment for 3 years. Sarah's academic advisor is Assistant Professor Christopher Hamilton. As an incoming graduate student, Sarah was the recipient of a University Fellows Award from the Graduate Center at the University of Arizona. This prestigious fellowship provides a generous recruitment package to incoming students.
Sarah is a first-year PTYS graduate student, but has been a member of the HiRISE team since 2006. She works as a Photogrammetry and Image Processing Scientist, developing methods to correct geometric distortions of images (produced by spacecraft pointing jitter), which not only improve digital terrain models and orthoimages, but are also valuable and applicable to other scientific studies and to certifying landing sites.