Earn a Certificate in Space Life Sciences noted on your transcript while obtaining your doctoral degree training at Texas A&M University in Genetics, Kinesiology, Nuclear Engineering (Health Physics), Nutrition or a M.D./Ph.D. or Ph.D. in Medical Sciences from the Texas A&M University Health Sciences Center Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences.
The overall goal of the Training Program in Space Life Sciences (SLS) is to develop a cadre of scientists capable of performing the work necessary to solve the most critical problems in space life sciences that limit long duration space flight such as: 1) bone loss, 2) muscle wasting, 3) health effects of cosmic radiation, and 4) changes in metabolism. In addition, students will gain the specific training in either nutritional and/or exercise physiology countermeasures against these major biological problems.
Trainees who complete the program will have a solid grounding in research, teaching and service to be successful in careers in academia, with NASA, private industry partners in the space initiative, and/or other public or private organizations involved in NASA’s space exploration endeavors.
1) Participate in special summer rotations at NASA Johnson Space Center, the NASA bed rest facility at the University of Texas Medical Branch and/or the Brookhaven National Laboratory Space Radiation Summer School.
2) Defend a dissertation related to space life sciences.
3) Take 4 courses in the area of space life sciences.
4) Participate in educational outreach activities.
Two fellowships are awarded each year that include a $20,000 stipend, tuition waivers and meeting travel expenses for 2 years.
Texas A&M University Ph.D. Training Program in Space Life Sciences Sponsored by the National Space Biomedical Research Institute (NSBRI)