Alex Jarnot

Chemistry Major Presents at National Conference

Alex Jarnot, a senior chemistry major who participated in NASA’s Student Airborne Research Program (SARP) in California during the summer, recently presented his research at the American Geophysical Union fall conference in San Francisco, California.

During his eight-week internship, Jarnot was involved in hands-on research looking at the different types of gases in the air in San Joaquin Valley. He studied how the gas concentrations are affected by a cave’s environment.

The AGU fall conference is the largest Earth and space science meeting in the world. It is a weeklong conference where scientists meet to present research and where major organizations, such as NASA, display their achievements and projects from the year and discuss future projects.

“I presented my research at a poster session for about three hours,” Jarnot said. “I talked to several professors and researchers about my findings and answered some of their questions.”

While in San Francisco, Jarnot was able to explore the city, see friends from his internship, swap business cards and network with some professors from graduate schools he applied to.

“I got a lot out of the trip,” Jarnot said, “It was my first time being in San Francisco, so I had a great time seeing a bit of the city. The conference itself was incredible; it was very well organized and there was so much to see and do that it was like drinking from a firehose.”

One of his favorite talks from the conference dealt with an OCO-2 satellite that was being prepped for launch. It was the same one he saw being constructed during his internship.

For more information about Jarnot’s internship at NASA, visit

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