"People think I am, like, some valedictorian," India Jackson said with a laugh Wednesday. "No, I'm not. I am just driven and ambitious."

This summer, Jackson, 32, is headed to the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center in Houston, where she will be an intern at Nasa, researching solar flares and their effect on astronauts. But that's not the most interesting part of the story.

She is a single mother who is getting her doctorate in physics at Georgia State University in Atlanta. And to cover the costs of travel and housing, a cousin, Dasha Fuller, set up a campaign on