The Gazette: McGill student lands coveted NASA internship


On her continuing mission to become an astronaut, St. Léonard resident Laura Drudi has a pit stop this summer to study the innards of snails. They may hold the key to making radiation easier to bear for astronauts in space and lead to therapy for cancer patients that is less invasive and not as painful. She will study the gastropods at what may be the ultimate space camp: the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s Ames Academy, a 10-week summer internship in the San Francisco area for just 11 university students. The 21-year-old Drudi, a second-year medical student at McGill University, was the only Canadian accepted among 650 applicants.