Monthly Archives: January 2010

2010-11 Green Aviation Student Competition for High School and College

The Environmentally Responsible Aviation project of the Integrated Systems Research Program, Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate, has announced a new student contest. The Green Aviation Student Challenge invites students to propose ideas and designs for future aircraft that use less fuel, produce less harmful emissions and make less noise.

The contest spans a full calendar year, so high school and college students have multiple opportunities to enter. The deadline for the first round for high school entries is May 1, 2010. First-round entries from college students are due Dec. 15, 2010. The second round deadlines are in December 2010 for high school entries and May 2011 for college entries.

Students are asked to submit a well-documented paper and a short video to explain their ideas. The ERA project intends to reward top-scoring students by airing their videos on NASA Web sites, and students may win a trip to an aviation event. Top college students may also earn a paid internship at a NASA center.
For more information about the high school contest, visit

For more information about the college contest, visit

2010 NASA / Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) – Deadline Feb 22, 2010

The 2010 NASA / Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) application is online and available at

Program Description
The Johns Hopkins University APPLIED PHYSICS LABORATORY (APL) is offering summer projects for students interested in working on NASA missions or space-related research opportunities at APL

Students participating in the 2010 NASA/APL Internship Program will work at APL, and will make critical contributions to current and future missions during their assignments in the Space Department. The Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) is a not-for-profit center for engineering, research and development. APL is a division of one of the world’s premier research universities, Johns Hopkins. The 399-acre campus, 20 miles north of Washington, DC, is home to 4,100 men and women who work on more than 400 programs that protect our homeland and advance the nation’s vision in research and space science.

APL’s Civilian Space Business Area makes critical contributions to the missions of its major sponsor, NASA, to meet the challenges of space science. They conduct research and space exploration; develop and apply space science, engineering, and technology–including the production of one-of-a-kind spacecraft, instruments, and subsystems; and focus primarily on the science discipline of space physics and planetary science. The Laboratory has built instruments and spacecraft to destinations such as Pluto, Mercury, the Sun and our moon. Continuing these challenges, APL is supporting NASA as it implements initiatives to explore the reaches of our solar system.

Their purpose is to advance the knowledge and use of space for the benefit of humankind and to support national objectives by providing leadership in developing innovative, cost-effective, end-to-end space missions. APL has designed, developed and launched 64 spacecraft and over 150 space instruments, and are developing new space concepts, technology, and implementation strategies while also helping to heighten interest in scientist and engineering careers through space educational programs.

Students will receive a $4K stipend, and housing will be provided. Talks by key mission engineers and scientists, along with tours of APL and NASA/Goddard will be provided throughout the summer. Students must be U.S. citizens, and have successfully passed a background check of criminal, social security and driving record. The investigation will be facilitated by the Visitor Control Office at APL.

Students participating in the NASA/APL Internship Program must:

* have a demonstrated interest in the space program
* be a sophomore, junior, senior, or first or second year graduate student in Fall 2010
* be in high academic standing (GPA of 3.0 or greater)
* be a U.S. citizen

Timeline / Deadlines:
• Jan 25 – Application Launched
• Feb 22 – Application Deadline
• Mid March – Selections Complete

NASA Waste Limitation Management and Recycling Design Challenge – Deadline Feb 15, 2010

NASA is inviting students in grades 5-8 to participate in the Waste Limitation Management and Recycling Design Challenge. The challenge uses real-world scenarios that meet science and mathematics content standards. Students can participate in a formal, informal or home-school setting.

Teams of up to six students will design a water recycling system for the unique environment of the moon. Teams will then test their system on a simulated wastewater stream. The proposal deadline has been extended to Feb. 15, 2010.

The winning teams will be announced in May 2010. The top three teams will receive awards. The first place team will receive an expense-paid trip to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. During the winning team’s visit to Kennedy, students will gain firsthand knowledge about NASA’s missions, receive behind-the-scenes tours of NASA’s launch facilities, and learn about future aerospace and engineering careers.

For more information and contest rules, please visit .

Also available online is the Waste Limitation Management and Recycling Design Challenge Educator Guide. This guide is a starting point for middle school students to research and answer the challenging questions of how to maintain human habitations on the moon and other planets in the solar system. The guide focuses specifically on the need for water recycling. The guide includes background information on topics relating to the moon, Earth’s water cycle and water recycling. Several basic classroom activities on water recycling are also included.

The guide is available for downloading at .

Questions about the Waste Limitation Management and Recycling Design Challenge should be directed to Jay Garland at

16th Annual Space Exploration Educators Conference, Feb. 4-6, 2010

Register today for the 16th Annual Space Exploration Educators Conference, to be held Feb. 4-6, 2010, at Space Center Houston. This conference is for all K-12 educators. Activities presented use space-related themes to teach across the curriculum and can be used for science, language arts, mathematics, history and more.

Attend sessions hosted by scientists and engineers working on the International Space Station, Mars exploration and the planets beyond. Hear from astronauts who will be leading the charge in exploration. Learn about the bold vision to send humans back to the moon and off to Mars. Attend sessions presented by educators and receive ready-to-implement classroom ideas. Attendees can earn up to 24 hours of continuing professional education credit.

For more information and to register for the conference, visit

2010 NASA Postdoctoral Program Accepting Applications – Deadline March 1, 2010

The NASA Postdoctoral Program offers qualified postdoctoral scientists and engineers the opportunity to engage in ongoing NASA research and serves as a source of talent to ensure the continued quality of the NASA research workforce. These competitive one- to three-year fellowship appointments advance NASA’s missions in space science, Earth science, aeronautics, space operations, exploration systems and astrobiology.

Applicants must have a Ph.D. or equivalent doctorate degree in hand before beginning the fellowship, but may apply while completing the dissertation. Applicants must have U.S. citizenship, Lawful Permanent Resident status, Employment Authorization Document with pending LPR status, or J-1 Visa status as a Research Scholar before beginning the fellowship. An H-1B Visa status is not acceptable because the NPP is not an employment program.

Stipend rates for Postdoctoral Fellows start at $50,000 per year, with small supplements added for high cost-of-living areas. Funds are available for relocation expenses, up to a specified limit. Fellows also receive $8,000 per appointment year to support travel to conferences, meetings, and other activities (i.e., travel to field sites or observatories to collect data or for required training) that directly support their research projects.

Applications for the NASA Postdoctoral Program are due on March 1, 2010.

For further information about this opportunity and to apply online, visit Questions regarding this opportunity may be submitted by e-mail to

NASA History Division Summer 2010 Internships – Deadline Feb 1, 2010

The NASA History Division is seeking undergraduate and graduate students for summer 2010 internships. The History Division maintains archival materials to answer research questions from NASA personnel, journalists, scholars, students at all levels and others from around the world. The division also edits and publishes several books and monographs each year. It maintains a large number of Web sites on NASA history.

Students of all majors are welcome to apply. While detailed prior knowledge of the aeronautics and space fields is not necessary, a keen interest and some basic familiarity with these topics are needed. Strong research, writing and editing skills are essential. Experience with computers, especially HTML formatting, is a plus.

Intern projects are flexible. Typical projects include handling a wide variety of information requests, editing historical manuscripts, doing research and writing biographical sketches, updating and creating Web pages, and identifying and captioning photos.

The deadline for applications is Feb. 1, 2010. For more information, visit


NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowships Program Accepting Proposals for 2010/2011 Academic Year

This call for graduate fellowship proposals, entitled NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship Program — 2010/2011 Academic Year, solicits applications from accredited U.S. universities on behalf of individuals pursuing master’s 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 the competitive selection will be training grants to the respective universities, with the advisor serving as the principal investigator. The financial support for the NESSF program comes from the Science Mission Directorate’s four science divisions: Earth Science, Heliophysics, Planetary Science and Astrophysics.

NESSF awards are made initially for one year. They may be renewed for no more than two additional years, contingent upon satisfactory progress (as reflected in academic performance, research progress and recommendation by the faculty advisor) and the availability of funds. The three-year period is the maximum length a student may receive support from the NESSF program in pursuing a master’s or Ph.D.

The maximum amount of a NESSF award is $30,000 per year.
Proposals for this opportunity are due Feb. 1, 2010.

For more information about this solicitation, visit{4B6B94FA-6508-FB89-FDFC-E31089D85D3F}&path=open .

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to:

Russell Deyoung, Program Administrator for NESSF Earth Science Research
757-864-1472 or

Dolores Holland, Program Administrator for NESSF Heliophysics Research, Planetary Science Research, and Astrophysics Research
202-358-0734 or

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Application Deadline: Summer 2010 Deadline Feb 12, 2010

Oregon NASA Space Grant Consortium may provide one Oregon student with a $7500 stipend to cover internship and travel costs related to participation in a Johnson Space Center Internship experience. Participants will receive the opportunity for semester long practical experience in applying principles and theories learned in the classroom. Participants will also have the opportunity to develop aerospace career skills and goals while participating in NASA sponsored activities and social events.

Program Objectives:
• Build a strong relationship between universities, students, and NASA JSC
• Provide hands on career exploration opportunities for students
• Provide work exposure to the aerospace industry
• Encourage student interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields
• Train and develop students for future employment in the aerospace industry

Applicant Requirements:
• Enrolled full-time at an Oregon Space Grant affiliated college or university ( Please refer to the list of affiliated institutions found at )
• Pursuing an undergraduate degree in Engineering, Science or Systems Engineering (STEM related fields)
• Available to work at NASA JSC a minimum of 15 weeks (duration must be acceptable to the organization) during Spring or Fall semester (Limited summer internships are also available for minimum of 10 weeks. Please contact for more information.)
• US Citizen
• Minimum GPA of 3.0

Sample Placement Opportunities:
• Work directly with NASA scientists and engineers on human space flight projects
• Gain hands on experience designing hardware and software relevant to the space program
• Determine orbital trajectories for future Shuttle, Station, and Mars exploration missions
• Support real time mission operations elements for human space flight missions

Application Procedure (Oregon Students):
To apply, send a resume, completed application form ( available online at ) and a copy of your current transcripts to the Oregon NASA Space Grant. Students are encouraged to include a career objective (preferably aerospace related) at the top of their resume. Cover letters are optional but also encouraged. Interested students should send application materials to the Oregon Space Grant office by email at or by mail at the address listed below. Students should not send resumes directly to JSC. Selections will be made by JSC Education Personnel.

Oregon NASA Space Grant Consortium
Attn: JSC Internship Program
92 Kerr Administration Building
Corvallis, OR 97331-2103

Note: Students attending higher education institutions outside of Oregon should contact their local Space Grant office for application instructions.

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