Students, Experience Microgravity with NASA – Proposal Deadlines October 22, 2008

Opportunity #1 –
The Reduced Gravity Student Flight Opportunities Program provides a unique academic experience for undergraduate students to successfully propose, design, fabricate, fly and evaluate a reduced gravity experiment of their choice over the course of four-six months. The overall experience includes scientific research, hands-on experimental design, test operations and educational/public outreach activities.

Proposals Due – October 22
Selectees Announced – December 11

For more information, please visit the website – http://microgravityuniversity.jsc.nasa

Opportunity #2 –
Announcing a new reduced gravity flight opportunity for undergraduate teams and faculty! Yes, faculty members will be eligible to participate as a flight team member with this project!

NASA Reduced Gravity Systems Engineering Senior Design Flight Project Overview NASA has identified ongoing projects that are systems engineering and reduced gravity related. Applications for these projects are available to all undergraduate students (at least 18 years-of-age, US Citizens and enrolled full-time in a college or university) as senior design projects. 10 projects will be selected to participate in this opportunity.

The students attached to the selected proposals would then work with a NASA mentor lead for that project, to prepare the experiments for flight. In addition to student involvement, one university/college faculty member will be invited to fly with each team. This will help to provide faculty members with teaching materials in their classroom and can be used as a motivator to increase their students interest in systems engineering.

Conditions permitting, each investigation will be flown twice so that there can be replication of the investigation and any problems encountered during the first flight can be corrected during the second. After returning to their respective campuses, the flight teams will conduct technical outreach events for younger students.

Team composition must include these four members:
1 – faculty member
1 – undergraduate senior
2 – other undergraduate students
Proposal Deadline: October 22, 2008

For project applications and detailed information on how undergraduate teams can participate in this NASA Reduced Gravity Systems Engineering Senior Design Flight Project, visit: http://microgravityuniversity.jsc.nasa.gov/SE/

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