Research scholarships of $5,000 per student will be awarded through a competitive process to individuals attending OSGC member colleges and universities. These awards will be offered in two disbursements, the first award in the amount of $3,000 in October of 2010, and the second disbursement in the amount of $2,000 in March 2011 (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 science, engineering, and 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.
Six (6) research awards will be offered during the 2010-11 academic year to sophomore and junior level students who are nearing completion of a 4-year degree in a science, math, engineering, technology, or science/math education (STEM) discipline. Undergraduate Research Scholarship funding is designated for the completion of the proposed research project during the student’s junior or senior year. Students must be enrolled at a 4-Year institution affiliated with OSGC (see list in Section I of the OSGC 2010-11 scholarship guide) and must provide proof of successful academic progress, satisfactory work on a proposed research project, and continued study in a STEM discipline.
Dates | Deadlines – OSGC Undergraduate Research Scholarships
For the 2010-11 academic year competition, dates and deadlines for all member colleges and universities are as follows:
- Application Deadline: June 30, 2010
- Award Selections: August 4, 2010
- First Award Disbursement ($3,000): October 2010
- Second Award Disbursement ($2,000): March 2011
Scholarships are open to students who are Sophomores and Juniors as of April 30, 2010 who meet the following eligibility criteria:
- Student is enrolled at an affiliated 4-Year institution (see list in Section I of the scholarship guide) during the period of the award
- Student is pursuing an undergraduate degree in a science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM) discipline, including math or science education
- Student submits a research proposal (follow Proposal Guidelines in Section VIII of the scholarship guide)
- Student submits a letter of support from an OSGC approved Faculty Mentor
- 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 the scholarship guide. Along with the application form, application packets will include a written proposal, letter of support and CV from a faculty mentor, student resume, and student transcripts. Please ensure your mentor’s full name, title, and contact information are included in the letter of support and CV. Research projects are assumed to be collaborative efforts with faculty mentors but proposals should ultimately be the work of the individual applicant.
Recipients of the 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.
Required Application Materials – OSGC Undergraduate Research Scholarships
- Research Proposal: Cover page plus a proposal of no more than 4 pages – typed, single spaced. See guidelines in Section VIII of the scholarship guide.
- Student Resume: Include relevant employment, education, and extra-curricular activities. Resume should also provide current contact information including email, phone, and mailing address.
- Letter of Faculty Mentor Support and Faculty CV: Letters should specify the faculty member’s ability to mentor and guide the research. This letter must be submitted on letterhead with complete contact information and signature. Note: If sent electronically (either with the application package or separately) the letter must be sent from the email account of the individual faculty mentor or submitted as a signed, scanned document. Please use the email/mailing address listed in Section VII of the guide.
- Academic Transcript: An unofficial transcript printed from the student account of the college or university website is acceptable.
- Completed Combined Application Form: See page 13 of the guide
Renewal disbursements, scheduled for March 2011, will be awarded upon submission of a brief student statement of research progress and an unofficial transcript proving successful academic progress. A formal request for these materials will be sent via email before the renewal date. Awardees should follow instructions, including deadlines and student statement guidelines, provided in the formal renewal request.
Details regarding this opportunity are available online in the Oregon NASA Space Grant 2010-11 Scholarship Guide available at the following link: 2010-11 OSGC Scholarship Guide