Lamberton Receives First TOPS Prize
Melissa L. Lamberton, an 8th grader from Tucson, Arizona,
is reaching for the stars. Photo courtesy Discovery Communications, Inc.
Fourteen-year-old Melissa L. Lamberton from Tucson,
Arizona, is the first recipient of the Institute for Astronomy TOPSReaching
for the Stars Prize. She was selected as one of the top forty young science
students in the United States during the 2001 Discovery Young Scientist Challenge
competition, the only national science fair competition for students in grades
five to eight.
The TOPS award from the Institute for Astronomy was
one of the discretionary awards given to the twelve best Discovery young scientists
at a ceremony held in Washington, DC, on October 16. The IfA award will allow
Melissa to participate in the two-week TOPS (Towards Other Planetary Systems)
2002 Summer Program to be held on the Big Island. She will join other leading
high school science students and their teacher/mentors from Hawaii and the U.S.-affiliated
Pacific Islands in gaining first-hand experience in basic astronomical research
while working side by side with professional astronomers.
The Discovery Young Scientists Program honors students
in grades five to eight whose science projects have been selected as being among
the forty best in the United States.