Leesburg's Avery M. Abramson, a student at Loudoun County High School, has been selected for a summer internship sponsored by NASA's Texas Space Grant Consortium.
Abramson will participate in the STEM Enhancement in Earth and Space Science (SEES) program at The University of Texas at Austin's Center for Space Research, according to a release.
Students in SEES — which is part of NASA's Science Activation program — work with scientists and aerospace engineers to conduct research based on data collected by NASA's Earth-observing satellites.
Participants will also work to design Mars habitats, engage in lunar exploration and experiment with robotics.
Abramson was among nearly 750 applicants to the program, 300 of whom were selected this year, according to officials.
This year's internship will be conducted entirely remotely due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
"The SEES internship proves that the excitement students feel about space science is a critical step in enriching science, math, engineering, and technology," officials said.
More information about SEES and the NASA Science Activation program is available at science.nasa.gov/learners.