Lynn Garrett

Lynn Garrett
The University of Chicago
Chicago, Illinois
Mathematics and Computer Science
Principal Investigator: Dr. Jeremy Frank and Dr. Misty Davies


When I set my mind to do something, I tend to follow through with it. At the age of eleven, my mom and I challenged each other to go as long as possible without eating meat. Ten years later, I am the clear victor. My passion for space exploration is further evidence of my single-mindedness. When I was in fourth grade, my class took a field trip to Space Camp in Huntsville, Alabama at the end of our unit on astronomy. After experiencing 3 G’s in the GForce Accelerator, I was convinced that I had what it took to be an astronaut. Though I strayed from that specific career path, my fascination with outer space remains to this day.

I was born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky, the eldest of four children, and I think both of these facts are reflected in my interests and personality. I’ve always been told that I have a bit of a motherly personality, comments doubtlessly fueled in part by my love of knitting. My city, on the other hand, is solely responsible for my greatest obsession: University of Louisville basketball (it’s been a good year). Overall, I consider myself to be a friendly and easygoing person -- perhaps another symptom of my Southern upbringing.


I am a rising fourth-year student at the University of Chicago, where I am pursuing a double major in Mathematics and Computer Science. Beyond my academic pursuits, I captain the Women’s Club Lacrosse Team and am a Resident Assistant (RA) in the housing system. This past summer I had the opportunity to intern at Goddard Space Flight Center on the Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS) Ground Project. This experience definitively showed me that my childhood dream was not out of reach. One of the things I was worried about was that I was enamored with my romantic, but unrealistic, view of NASA and space exploration in general. However, my job this past summer gave me a glimpse of a NASA career, and I decided that I wanted to see more.


This summer, then, I hope to build on my understanding of how NASA functions while gaining valuable research and team-building experience. Moreover, I hope that participating in the NASA Ames Academy will clear up my remaining doubts regarding the potential to apply my academic majors to a career in the space industry. Finally, I look forward to meeting and building lasting relationships with the other participants and staff members of the Academy.