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Friends of the BOFP, don't forget to follow our GeekWire Fellow as she reports all summer on exciting news from aerospace and aviation!

Covers the space beat along with Alan Boyle and helps with video and other multimedia. She has a passion for all things science and recently graduated from Arizona State University.

I missed this one from last week. Woohoo!

Three University of Colorado Boulder students are among 36 nationwide who have won 2017 Brooke Owens Fellowships for “exceptional undergraduate women” seeking careers in aviation and space exploration.

We're at the Space Symposium in Colorado Springs! It's great for our Fellows to get to meet each other and some of our mentors. PIctured here, from left to right: Will Pomerantz (Virgin Galactic / Virgin Orbit), Rachael McKee (Brooke Owens Fellow), Carissa Christensen (Bryce Space and Technology), Sumayya Abukhalil (Brooke Owens Fellow) and Clay Mowry (Blue Origin).

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LOVE this piece by BOFP Mentor Alan Boyle!

Thirty-six women with a passion for aerospace are receiving the first batch of Brooke Owens Fellowships – including a fellowship at GeekWire.|By Alan Boyle

We are incredibly honored to announce the 2017 Brooke Owens Fellows! Each of our 36 Brooke Owens Fellow receives a paid internship at one of the coolest companies in aviation or space, PLUS two very senior mentors in the field. These 36 women were selected for their academic excellence, on-the-job skills, creativity, passion, and commitment to service.

Decades after Valentina Tereshkova, Sally Ride, and the #HiddenFigures heroines, women are still vastly underrepresented in a...erospace. But many in the industry are working actively to do more to recruit and retain incredible women to aerospace jobs. We are honored to have the support of 24 spectacular aviation / space companies & nonprofits, each of which is employing a Fellow (or more than one!). Similarly, we are in awe of the women and male allies in the upper echelons of aviation and space who have agreed to serve as mentors for our Fellows. But mainly, we are excited about the Fellows themselves! Read more about them here:

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Brooke Owens Fellowship Program Helps Address Historical Underrepresentation of Women in Aviation and Space Exploration by Identifying and Training World-Class Talent

The BOFP's own William Pomerantz out making us proud!

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FuturizeX at UCLA at UCLA.

UCLA Professor Andrea Ghez, world renowned astronomer who discovered a black hole in the center of the Milky Way, with William Pomerantz, Vice President of Special Projects at Virgin Galactic, discussing the next frontier.

We're very excited to announce our inaugural class of Fellows soon! Such an incredible group of young women in aviation and space. While we get all the little details locked down, we're also finalizing some amazing additions to our mentor pool. Stay tuned for all of this exciting news soon.

The BOFP Founders are like kids at Christmas! We are working on final placements for our outstanding Class of 2017 and can't wait to make announcements very soon... we just may have a few surprises in store!

We also want to share a sincere THANK YOU to all who applied! We are humbled by your talent and grateful for interest!

Semi-finalists: keep an eye on your inboxes tomorrow for an update on our program! We'll be contacting you to let you know if you made it to the finals and, if so which Hosts you've been paired with and what happens next.

Making these matches was tough work--you all should be very proud of the incredible applications you put in!

With so many outstanding candidates, our inaugural class is going to be even more impressive than we could have imagined!

A huge thank you to everyone that applied!!

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Lori Beth Garver

The matching process begins at the Brooke Owens Fellowship Program. Yes, Will and Cassie prefer the spreadsheet; but I felt a need to turn it into our entire family room project. About time I had some girls in the family! Twenty-five internships but so many more amazing candidates!

Incredibly proud of BOFP Mentor Diana Trujillo! She is a true pioneer and accomplished aerospace thought leader. We can't wait to pair her with one of our incredible Fellows!

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William Pomerantz with Diana Trujillo.

What's that? Why, it's Diana Trujillo crushing it on CNN en Español, of course. Talking about education of girls and how to make our Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math workforce stronger.

Our cofounder Lori Garver penned this tribute to John Glenn in The Hill today. Senator Glenn was an inspiration not only for his space exploration, but for the way he inspired, mentored, advocated for, and encouraged young people. We'll miss him!

OPINION | For me, his inspiration was both personal and political.

We're head over heels--or is that heels over head?--happy with the applications that we received! Both the quality and the quantity is incredible. Thank you to all who applied! And if you did apply, you should have received a confirmation message from us by now. If you didn't, that means we didn't receive your application--in which case, please contact us immediately! (via Facebook, Twitter, the website, or email)

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This is our face as we check our inboxes today. We love your applications! Keep them coming in--we're in the home stretch now.

Photo: Brooke in Paris with candy. A recipe for a winning smile!

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It's been an exciting day for our host institutions! Virgin Galactic completed the first free flight of their new SpaceShipTwo, and then XPRIZE announced their newest competition. These companies are working hard this weekend--and so are our applicants. Applications are rolling in. Get yours in by Monday!

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Virgin Galactic

VSS Unity, gliding home. What a sight!

Image from today's successful SpaceShipTwo test flight.

Calling All Applicants! December 5th is the application deadline for 25 amazing summer internships in aviation and aerospace!

Got questions about the program or about your application? We're listening! Ask us here or on Twitter (@OwensFellowship).


Applications due: December 5, 2016

Announcing Host Institution #25! Vulcan Aerospace, a division of Paul G. Allen's Vulcan Inc., will host a Brooke Owens Fellow offering one exceptional engineer the opportunity to work on cutting edge launch concepts from the world's largest aircraft!

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