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2017 Microgravity DIVER Drop Tower Challenge

The NASA Glenn Research Center’s 2017 Microgravity DIVER Drop Tower Challenge has been announced!

WHAT?  Teams of grade 9-12 students are challenged to design and build diving objects that will submerge in water as far as possible when exposed to microgravity in NASA’s 2.2 Second Drop Tower. After student proposals are evaluated, selected teams will compete in the challenge and are expected to present their results at the American Society for Gravitational and Space Research (ASGSR) conference in Seattle, WA in October 2017.

WHO? The design challenge is for students in grades 9-12, where teams will be favored over individuals in selection. Students are free to get help from adults, for example in building their experiment hardware. An organization (e.g., school, science center, 4H club, Scout troop) may submit no more than five proposals, where it is envisioned that no more than two will be selected from a single organization.

WHERE? For this challenge, NASA anticipates selecting 10 teams local to Seattle (the conference site) and 10 teams non-local to Seattle. Limited travel funds will be available to non-local teams to assist with financing their participation at the conference. The drops will be conducted in the 2.2 Second Drop Tower (shown on the right) at the NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio. But research participation is remote, where teams can interact with the NASA coordinator by e-mail.

WHEN? Proposals can be submitted at any time up to Wednesday, February 1, 2017 and team selections will be announced on Friday, February 10. At that time, a status e-mail will be sent to all teams who submitted proposals. Team-built diving objects should be sent to NASA when ready but must arrive at NASA by no later than Wednesday, March 15. It is expected that the diving objects will be tested in the Drop Tower during the month of March. Video results will be provided to the teams after their objects have been tested in the drop tower. Video results and the student analyses will form the basis for a poster presentation at the October conference.

For more info please click the following link:  https://spaceflightsystems.grc.nasa.gov/education-outreach/diver/

NASA Aeronautics Scholarship & Advanced STEM Training Fellowship

The NASA Education 2017 Aeronautics Scholarship and Advanced STEM Training and Research (AS&ASTAR) Fellowship Activity solicitation was opened today in NSPIRES.

Fellowship solicitation is: https://nspires.nasaprs.com/external/solicitations/summary.do?method=init&solId={1C02074F-EDF4-7E23-2C21-165ECC9008FB}&path=open. Proposals are due February 24, 2017.

 

Brooke Owens Fellowship Announcement-Deadline Approaching

The Brook Owens Fellowship is designed to serve as an inspiration and career opportunity for capable young women who aspire to explore and innovate in the aerospace community, and was created in honor of the legacy of Dawn Brooke Owens (1980 – 2016).

Those who apply and are awarded the fellowship will receive a paid summer internship and will be matched with specific job openings at aerospace and aviation organizations. Continue reading

NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship

NASA announces a call for graduate fellowship proposals to the NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship (NESSF) program for the 2017-2018 academic year.  This call for fellowship proposals solicits applications from accredited U.S. universities on behalf of individuals pursuing Master of Science (M.Sc.) or Doctoral (Ph.D.) degrees in Earth and space sciences, or related disciplines.  The purpose of NESSF is to ensure continued training of a highly qualified workforce in disciplines needed to achieve NASA’s scientific goals.  Awards resulting from this competitive selection will be made in the form of training grants to the respective universities. Continue reading

NASA Student Design Challenge

NASA Glenn Research Center has been researching and developing innovative technologies in both aeronautics and space flight for 75 years. As an opportunity to further involve undergraduate students, NASA Glenn is hosting a spring 2017 University Student Design Challenge (USDC), with aeronautics and space themes.

The aeronautics component of the USDC is open to teams of full-time, sophomore-through-senior-year undergraduate students in accredited U.S. academic institutions. In case of mainly senior-year students, a team of such students may use the opportunity as a one-semester Capstone project, if so approved by the affected institution. The space project has already reached its full complement. All aero and space teams are encouraged to be multidisciplinary, with mostly science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) majors. However, the team formation may comprise students majoring in areas such as economics, marketing, graphic arts, or other non-STEM disciplines which will aid in the success of the design challenge. Each university or college team will have, at least, one faculty advisor, as well as, access to technical experts at Glenn. Continue reading

NASA Seeks Community College STEM Students

One small step for a community college student can mean one giant leap for a STEM career!

Community college students who join the spring 2017 session of NASA Community College Aerospace Scholars (NCAS) will learn about past, present and future NASA missions in a 5-week online session beginning January 2017. Scholars who successfully complete the web-based activities earn an expenses-paid, 4-day engineering design workshop at NASA and Continue reading

WEBINAR: How to Apply for NASA Opportunities

Do you want to do something really exciting this summer?

OSSI (One Stop Shop Initiative) is a NASA-wide system for the recruitment, application, selection and career development of undergraduate and graduate students primarily in science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines. The California Space Grant and NASA will present a really informative webinar that will teach you how to find and apply for some of the most desirable internships and programs available to students interested in science. Continue reading

Caltech Space Challenge Announcement

The Caltech Space Challenge is a 5-day prestigious event held March 26-31, 2017 in which undergraduate and graduate students from around the world compete in designing a space-related mission. The theme for the next Challenge is Lunarport. Students will design a launch and supply station on the Moon to refuel deep-space mission payloads. The next challenge is being sponsored by Airbus Defense & Space and will allow students to learn from their world-leading engineers.

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NASA Summer 2017 Internships for Students with Disabilities

NASA is looking to increase the number of students with disabilities pursuing science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) careers through our regular internship programs. This is not a program for students with disabilities.  We are trying to recruit more students with disabilities into our regular internship programs. Disability means both physical and mental disabilities. NASA has a two-percent hiring goal for employment of people with disabilities and internships are a good way to get experience. However, this is not an employment program. Continue reading