Oregon Space Grant Junior/Senior Undergraduate Research Scholarship Program – Deadline January 8, 2010

Research scholarships of $5,000 per student will be awarded through a competitive process at Oregon Space Grant affiliated colleges and universities throughout Oregon. These awards will be offered in two disbursements, the first award in the amount of $3,000 during the Winter term, and the second disbursement in the amount of $2,000 during the Spring term (upon proof of satisfactory academic and research progress).

This scholarship program supports the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) objectives of fostering and encouraging career goals in the aerospace industry. Individuals from under-represented groups are encouraged to apply. These awards are intended to build collaboration opportunities between undergraduate students and faculty mentors working within a STEM discipline. Note: Students receiving awards in past competitions may apply and receive awards for subsequent competitions.

Nine (9) research awards will be offered each year to junior and senior students who are nearing completion of a 4-year degree in a science, math, engineering, technology, or science/math education (STEM) discipline. Students must be enrolled full-time at a 4-Year institution (included in the official list of Oregon Space Grant member institutions) and must provide proof of successful academic progress, continued work on a proposed research project, and continued study in a STEM discipline.

For the 2010 Winter term competitions, dates and deadlines for all member colleges and universities are as follows:
• Application Deadline: January 8, 2010
• Renewal Deadline: May 7, 2010

Scholarships are open to Juniors and Seniors who meet the following eligibility criteria:
• Student is enrolled full-time at a 4-Year member institution (see list of member institutions at http://spacegrant.oregonstate.edu/members.html) during the period of the award
• Student is pursuing an undergraduate degree in a science, technology, engineering, or math discipline, including math or science education.
• Student maintains good academic standing
• Student submits a research proposal (follow Proposal Guidelines in Section VIII of the scholarship guide available through the following links: http://spacegrant.oregonstate.edu/OSGC_Scholarship_Programs.doc or http://spacegrant.oregonstate.edu/OSGC_Scholarship_Programs.pdf)
• Student submits a letter of support from an OSGC approved Faculty Mentor
• Student submits a single page research progress statement, signed by the faculty mentor at the time of Spring renewal
• Student maintains good academic standing
• Student is a U.S. Citizen

Students who wish to apply for a research award must closely follow the proposal guidelines in Section VIII of this document. All applicants should contact OSGC at 541-737-2414 or by email at spacegrant@oregonstate.edu at least one week in advance of final application submission to have their chosen faculty mentor approved by OSGC. Please send your mentor’s full name, title, and contact information along with your contact details to ensure timely processing.

Recipients of the Junior / Senior Undergraduate Research Scholarships are required to participate in the annual Student Symposium, hosted by the Oregon Space Grant as an opportunity to highlight research projects and encourage networking within the student scholar community. The symposium is typically hosted at the Oregon State University campus during the fall or winter term.

Renewal disbursements, scheduled for the Spring term, will be awarded upon submission of a brief research progress statement, signed by the project faculty mentor, and unofficial transcript proving successful academic progress. A formal request for these materials will be sent via email at the end of April. Awardees should follow instructions provided in the formal renewal request. All renewal materials are due no later than May 7, 2010.

For complete application instructions, please review the scholarship guide available for download at http://spacegrant.oregonstate.edu/OSGC_Scholarship_Programs.doc or
http://spacegrant.oregonstate.edu/OSGC_Scholarship_Programs.pdf

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