National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program
Space Grants provide NASA funding for space-related research, education and public service projects through a national network of 52 university-based Space Grant consortia.
Undergraduate training is provided through the mechanism of fellowship and scholarship awards. Most fellowship and scholarship awards include a mentored research experience with university faculty or NASA scientists. For additional information about the National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program, please visit: http://education.nasa.gov/spacegrant.
Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR)
EPSCoR establishes partnerships with government, higher education and industry that are designed to effect lasting improvements in a stateís or regionís research infrastructure, R&D capacity and hence, its national R&D competitiveness. In addition to the research and technology development, the awards enable faculty development and higher education student support.
The EPSCoR program is directed at those jurisdictions that have not in the past participated equably in competitive aerospace and aerospace-related research activities. Currently, 27 states and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico participate. Seven federal agencies conduct EPSCoR programs, including NASA. For additional information about the NASA EPSCoR program, please visit: www.nasa.gov/education/epscor.
Graduate Student Researchers Program (GSRP)
GSRP is a fellowship program for graduate students studying in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math with research interests directly in line with NASA missions. The program is open only to U.S. citizens who are planning to enroll or who are currently enrolled as graduate students in an accredited U.S. college or university. Students spend their internships working with a NASA scientist or engineer. However, students spend most of their time on campus taking courses and conducting research. A stipend, renewable for up to three years, is granted to program participants. For more information, visit http://fellowships.hq.nasa.gov/gsrp/nav/.
Harriet G. Jenkins Pre-doctoral Fellowship Program
NASA's commitment to ensure development of culturally diverse scientific and technical human resources resulted in the establishment of the Harriet G. Jenkins Pre-doctoral Fellowship Program. This program provides support for full-time graduate students underrepresented in science, technology and engineering fields. Students must be U.S. citizens attending accredited U.S. colleges/universities with financial support for a research-based education leading to a doctoral degree in a NASA-related discipline. Each three-year fellowship also includes an annual, hands-on research experience at a NASA center. For additional information on the Pre-doctoral Fellowship Program, please visit: http://184.108.40.206/jenkins/about.
Achieving Competency in Careers in Engineering and Space Science (ACCESS)
ACCESS is an on-site summer work program for undergraduate/graduate students with disabilities majoring in engineering, science, mathematics, computer science and some business fields. ACCESS provides a 10-week, paid experience at Stennis Space Center in Hancock County, Miss., for those who are U.S. citizens and who maintain a minimum of a "B" average. EntryPoint, an AAAS program, manages the ACCESS program. For more information, visit http://ehrweb.aaas.org/entrypoint/apply.html.
Cooperative Education Program (Student Co-op)
Student Co-op is an on-site, paid program that provides college students the opportunity to gain "real world" work experience outside the classroom. While participating in a work tour, students work alternate semesters or quarters at Stennis Space Center in a paid, full-time position directly related to their fields of study. Interested individuals may contact their advisors, college departments, NASA center personnel office or click http://education.ssc.nasa.gov/pdf/coopprogr2.pdf. Adobe Reader is needed to view this information (free Adobe Reader software is available).
The DEVELOP Program
Student teams research NASA science capabilities relevant to community concerns and create advanced computer generated visualizations demonstrating research results. DEVELOP encourages applications from high school through graduate level students with strong interests in science, technology and policy. Click here for more information.
Undergraduate Student Research Program (USRP)
NASA USRP is an internship program that offers NASA research and development opportunities. USRP offers internships in engineering, science, and mathematics that give students the ultimate STEM workforce preparatory experience. USRP is one of the most highly comprehensive internship programs for undergraduate students. Students work on practical problems that will see real applications in aerospace or on future NASA missions. These immersive NASA opportunities combine scientific research with professional hands-on engineering. A USRP internship will be the first step toward a career at NASA, or within the science and engineering (STEM) workforce. USRP experiential opportunities are offered year round in the fall, summer and spring. For additional information about the USRP program, please visit http://www.epo.usra.edu/usrp/.
Minority University Research and Education Programs (MUREP)
NASA's Office of Equal Opportunity Programs increases the Agency's responsiveness to federal mandates related to Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Other Minority Universities, Hispanic Serving Institutions, and Tribal Colleges and Universities. Numerous educational and research programs fall under this division. A list of MUREP programs and descriptions follows. For additional information about MUREP, please visit: http://mured.nasaprs.com.
The following programs fall under MUREP:
Pre-Service Teacher Institute
The Pre-Service Teacher Institute is an intensive, two-week summer residential session for college students who are preparing to teach elementary or middle school. College students from diverse backgrounds spend a dynamic and exciting time at NASA Stennis Space Center where they are exposed to problem-based learning, and mathematics and science enrichment activities. Visit the PSTI Web site at: http://edu.larc.nasa.gov/pstp/.
Society for Hispanic Professional Engineers' Opportunity as NASA's Outstanding Researchers in Engineering and Science (SHPE/HONORES)
SHPE/HONORES is an on-site paid internship/scholarship program open only to Hispanic students pursuing studies in the fields of engineering, mathematics and science at Hispanic serving Institutions including Texas A&M University in Kingsville, Texas; University of Turabo in Gurabo, Puerto Rico; Florida International University in Miami, Fla.; and California University in Fresno, Calif. For more information, visit http://www.shpefoundation.org/honores.html.
University Research Center (URC)
The URC program helps establish minority university centers of excellence for conducting research relevant to NASA. The program typically involves five years of multi-project initiatives and URCs may compete to renew funding for an additional five years. URCs receive a maximum of $1.2 million in funding a year. For more information about current solicitations for URC and other research programs, visit http://research.hq.nasa.gov/research.cfm.
NASA Administrator's Fellowship Program (NAFP)
The NAFP seeks to improve a minority university's understanding of NASA research programs and goals, and promote collaboration by exchanging science and engineering staff between the universities and NASA. Visit http://www.uncfsp.org/nasa/nafp for more information.
Curriculum Improvements Partnership Award for the Integration of Research (CIPAIR)
The Curriculum Improvements Partnership Award for the Integration of Research, or CIPAIR, assists two- and four-year minority institutions with strengthening their science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, academic fields and technical programs. Funding is used to increase the quantity and quality of STEM curricula, the number of minority students who study these curricula and the number of minority students who choose careers in NASA-related fields. For more information, please visit http://www.nasa.gov/offices/education/programs/descriptions/ Curriculum_Improvements_Partnership_Award.html.
Motivating Undergraduates in Science and Technology (MUST)
The Motivating Undergraduates in Science and Technology Project, or MUST, funded by NASA, is a joint partnership between the Hispanic College Fund, the United Negro College Fund Special Programs and the Society for Hispanic Professional Engineers. MUST awards scholarships and internships to undergraduates pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, fields. The MUST Project is open to all students and is particularly focused on engaging students from underserved and underrepresented groups to enter STEM fields. For additional information about the MUST project, please visit http://www.nasa.gov/offices/education/