NASA Space Grant

The NASA space grant consortium is described at http://education.nasa.gov/spacegrant - and the Massachusetts one is at http://web.mit.edu/masgc/www/index.shtml

2011 NASA Academy Application

posted Nov 19, 2010, 5:09 AM by Chris Rogers

This application serves the:
 
·                     NASA Academy at Ames Research Center (Mountain View, CA)
·                     NASA Academy at Glenn Research Center (Cleveland, OH)
·                     NASA Academy at Marshall Space Flight Center (Huntsville, AL)
·                     NASA Aeronautics Academy at Glenn Research Center (Cleveland, OH)
·                     NASA Aeronautics Academy at Langley Research Center (Hampton, VA)
·                     NASA Lunar and Planetary Science Academy at Goddard Space Flight (Greenbelt, MD)
·                     NASA Propulsion Academy at Marshall Space Flight Center (Huntsville, AL)
·                     NASA Robotics Academy at Marshall Space Flight Center (Huntsville, AL)
 
Timeline
Below are relevant deadlines
·                     Oct 28 – Application Launched
·                     Jan 18 – Application Deadline
·                     Jan 21 – Space Grant Review Begins
·                     Feb 14 – Space Grant Review Complete
·                     Early March – Selections Complete

NASA Academy 2010

posted Nov 21, 2009, 4:32 AM by Chris Rogers

The 2010 NASA Academy Application is online and available at http://www.AcademyApp.com.  This application serves the:

·         ARC NASA Academy for Space Exploration

·         GSFC NASA Lunar and Planetary Science Academy

·         GRC NASA Academy

·         MSFC NASA Academy

·         MSFC NASA Propulsion Academy

·         MSFC NASA Robotics Academy

Timeline
Below are relevant deadlines. 

·         Nov 2 – Application Launched

·         Jan 18 – Application Deadline

·         Jan 22 – Space Grant Review Begins

·         Feb 22 – Space Grant Review Complete

·         Early March – Selections Complete

Space Grant Contributions

The Space Grant contribution level is expected to remain the same for the Academies at Ames, Glenn, and Marshall, a $5K stipend and round-trip relocation costs.  The Goddard Lunar and Planetary Science Academy also expects to keep its contribution level the same at a $7K stipend ($2K additional to cover additional food and housing costs) and round-trip relocation costs.

Recruitment and Posters
Space Grants act as one of our primary recruitment sources.  Your connections to STEM students serves as a vital source for the NASA Academies.  Would you be able to continue to advertise these programs to your universities and student groups?  To assist, I have attached posters suitable for email recruitment.   Additionally, you may find larger version of these posters, suitable for print, athttp://www.AcademyApp.com/media. Finally, attached and following this message, are program descriptions and eligibility requirements.


THE NASA ACADEMIES at NASA ARC, GRC, GSFC, and MSFC

The NASA Academies are intensive educational programs emphasizing group activities, teamwork, research, and creativity. The curriculum balances direct contact with science and engineering R&D with an awareness of the managerial, political, financial, social and human issues faced by aerospace professionals. Included are seminars, informal discussions, evening lectures, supervised research, visits to other NASA Centers and facilities, group project/s, tours, posters/presentations, and assessment. Additionally, most weekends are filled with group activities, team building and off-site trips. One free weekend is scheduled.

The Academy is not a 9-5 summer research internship program. It is a rigorous, immersive experience that will challenge you. The academy is a space-themed program of high learning about NASA, its projects and collaborations with aerospace industry and academia, with very little down time, but a busy, exciting summer that you will not forget.

The Academies have separate focus areas of leadership (NASA Academy), robotics, space and planetary science, and propulsion.

The deadline is January 18, 2010 at 5:00 p.m. EST.

You may access it at http://AcademyApp.com

This application serves the following programs
  • The NASA Academy at Ames Research Center
  • The NASA Academy at Glenn Research Center
  • The NASA Lunar and Planetary Science Academy at Goddard Space Flight Center
  • The NASA Academy at Marshall Space Flight Center
  • The NASA Propulsion at Academy at Marshall Space Flight Center
  • The NASA Robotics Academy at Marshall Space Flight Center
NASA Academy (ARC, GRC, MSFC)
Eligibility: Rising junior, senior undergraduate or at the early graduate level in accredited U.S. college or university as of May of the program year; B average (minimum); major in engineering, science (physics, chemistry, biology, earth sciences, etc.), math, computer science or other areas of interest to the aerospace program; US citizen or permanent resident (as of May of the program year).

Description: The NASA Academy is a unique summer experience at the university level for developing future leaders of the U.S. Space Program. The program is an intensive, resident, ten-week summer experience with laboratory research work, a group project, lectures, meetings with experts and administrators, visits to NASA Centers and space-related industries, technical writing, and presentations. Students discover how NASA and its Centers operate, gain experience in world-class laboratories, participate in a team environment and build professional bonds. On graduation, Academy participants are inducted into the NASA Academy Alumni Association (NAAA) whose goal is to promote NASA, the NASA Academy, research, and space education. The 52 state-based members of the National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program have co-sponsored the NASA Academy since its founding in 1993. Students with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation services. Women, minorities, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. 

GSFC NASA Lunar and Planetary Science Academy (NLPSA)
Siteshttp://nasascience.nasa.gov/planetary-sciencehttp://lunar.gsfc.nasa.gov/

Eligibility: GPA 3.3 minimum on a 4.0 scale, with experience in lunar and planetary science research; US citizen. Research Associates: Rising undergraduate freshmen, sophomores, or juniors in astrophysics, physics, or engineering; Team Leads: Undergraduate seniors or graduate students with a strong background in planetary science and/or engineering.
 
Description: The NASA Lunar Planetary Science Academy is a 10-week resident summer internship for students specifically interested in lunar and planetary science. The emphasis is on hands-on activities related to lunar and planetary science mission design and operation, instrument development, and data acquisition and analysis in a team environment. Students who have demonstrated experience in the relevant areas are given priority. Participants are assigned to a team project sponsored by mentors at NASA/GSFC, local industry, or academic institution (4 students per project). In addition to direct guidance from the Principal Investigator (PI) who sponsored the project, an advanced science/engineering student is assigned as team lead to guide interns and manage the project on a daily basis. The interns and team leads participate in enriching activities such as field work at a planetary analogue site, a group project, lectures, and meetings with leaders in the field. Students with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation services.

MSFC NASA Robotics Academy
Research Associates’ Eligibility:  GPA 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, with experience in robotics; US citizens; rising undergraduate sophomores, juniors, or seniors,
 
Team Leads’ Eligibility:  GPA 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, with experience in robotics; US citizens; rising undergraduate juniors, seniors or graduate students with a curricular background in robotics.

Description: The NASA Robotics Internship Program is a 10-week resident summer internship for students specifically interested in robotics. Students are given priority who have previously participated in the FIRST Robotics Competition or, Botball, or who have taken active interest in robotics in demonstrable ways. Participants are assigned to a team project sponsored by NASA/MSFC, local industry, or academic institution. Two to three students are assigned per project. In addition to direct guidance from the Principal Investigator who sponsored the project, an advanced robotic student is assigned as team lead to guide interns and manage the project on a daily basis. The interns and team leads participate in enriching activities such as a group project, lectures, field trips, and meetings with leaders in the field of robotics. Students with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation services.

MSFC NASA Propulsion Academy
Research Associates’ Eligibility:  GPA 3.0 on a 4.0 scale; US citizens; rising undergraduate sophomores, juniors, or seniors,
 
Team Leads’ Eligibility:  GPA 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, with a curricular background in propulsion; US citizens; rising undergraduate juniors, seniors or graduate students with a curricular background in robotics.

Description: The NASA Propulsion Academy, at the Marshall Space Flight Center, is a 10-week, residential summer research and educational experience for high achieving sophomores, juniors, seniors and graduate students interested in propulsion. The emphasis is on preparing young professionals for employment in aerospace positions. Propulsion is the critical element in NASA's exploration program. The new Ares propulsion elements are being designed and developed by engineers at the Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) and by its contractors. We are utilizing this development as a training ground for university students who are interested in careers in this exciting field. Research Associates (interns) will work in teams of four, guided by propulsion engineers at Marshall, local commercial entities and local universities. Each team is composed of a "team lead" and three research associates. The team lead is an advanced undergraduate or graduate student with a curricular background in courses relevant to propulsion. The research associates are sophomores, juniors and seniors who aspire to becoming graduate propulsion engineers. Site visits, tours and lectures will demonstrate the various opportunities for employment in the space propulsion field. These visits will expose the research associates to state-of-the-art propulsion development. Tours of local facilities and lectures by experts in propulsion will provide one-on-one interaction with practicing propulsion engineers.

NASA Academy

posted Nov 19, 2009, 10:24 AM by Chris Rogers   [ updated Nov 19, 2009, 10:25 AM ]

Dedicated to promoting opportunities for leadership and innovation, the NASA Academy is an intensive summer resident program for a diverse group of undergraduate and graduate students interested in pursuing professional careers in aerospace-related fields. lt underscores national and international government, academic, and private sector cooperation in assuring the success of complex space enterprises. The program includes guided laboratory research, collaborative group projects, lectures, field trips, interaction with prominent professionals from NASA and its associates, and oral and written presentations. Women and underrepresented minorities are encouraged to apply

Fellowships/Scholarships

posted Nov 19, 2009, 10:23 AM by Chris Rogers

An important activity of the Massachusetts Space Grant Consortium (MASGC) is to provide research fellowships for students at affiliated universities. Fellowships are available for students working at NASA centers (see "NASA Summer Internships") or at their home universities, both in the summer and during the academic year. Students desiring to work at NASA must apply directly to NASA. MASGC normally provides financial support to Massachusetts students accepted for NASA programs. Students desiring MASGC support to pursue research projects at their home institutions should apply directly to MASGC via the online application form on this web site. A faculty sponsor must approve the proposal. You must be a student at one of our affiliate universities to be eligible.


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