Monthly Archives: March 2013

eXploration Habitat (X-Hab) 2014 Academic Innovation Challenge Proposals Due May 1, 2013

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The National Space Grant Foundation is pleased to announce the X-Hab 2014 Academic Innovation Challenge.  This program is a university level challenge designed to engage and retain students in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). The competition is intended to link with senior and graduate-level design curricula that emphasize hands-on design, research, development, and manufacture of functional prototypical subsystems that enable habitation-related functionality for space exploration missions. NASA will directly benefit from the challenge by sponsoring the development of innovative habitation-related concepts and technologies from universities, which will result in innovative ideas and solutions that could be applied to exploration habitats. The Advanced Exploration Systems (AES) Deep Space Habitat (DSH) project will offer multiple X-Hab awards of $10K – $20K each to design and produce functional products of interest to the DSH project (see topic list) as proposed by university teams according to their interests and expertise. The prototypes produced by the university teams may be integrated onto an existing NASA-built operational habitat prototype (examples shown in Figure 1). X-Hab proposals will have a Notice of Intent and proposal phase, where down-selection will determine which projects will be funded. X-Hab university teams will either finalize their deliverables, or deliver their products in May-June 2014 to be integrated in the FY14 DSH habitat configuration. Universities may collaborate together on a Project Team.

The Foundation anticipates that approximately 3-6 awards will be made under this solicitation ranging between $10,000 and $20,000 each.

Eligibility
Proposals will be accepted from faculty who are U.S. citizens and currently teach an Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) accredited engineering senior or graduate design, industrial design, or architecture curriculum teaming course at a university affiliated with the National Space Grant College (if applicable) and Fellowship Program, or other US accredited university. Multi-discipline, multi-departmental, and/or multi-institutional teaming collaborations are highly encouraged.

Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Tribal Colleges and other minority serving educational institutions are particularly encouraged to apply. Proposals from women, members of underrepresented minorities groups, and persons with disabilities are highly encouraged.

Important Dates and Information
Program website: http://spacegrant.org/xhab/
Notice of Intent Due: April 3, 2013
Technical Interchange Meeting: April 10, 2013
Proposals Due: May 1, 2013

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Sierra Nevada Corporation Dream Chaser Intern Positions

195_Dream_Chaser_Patch_CroppedChase Your Dreams: Join Sierra Nevada Corporation in creating the Next Generation Human Spacecraft!

Marketing and Engineering Opportunities available

Interns will work with a designated mentor or team to gain a thorough understanding of the career field of interest to include theory and practical application of obtained knowledge. The intern will benefit from mentoring, coaching, and side-by-side work with knowledgable and experienced experts in the field. The objective is real, hands-on work assignments related to intern’s major, providing them with skills vitally important in today’s business environment.

Those interested in employment following an internship will be considered based on current a openings, performance during internship, and proximity to graduation.

Primary Responsibilities Include:

  • Establishes learning objectives with mentor/supervisor
  • Supports assignments that represent general tasking in the field of interest
  • Occasionally takes on special projects as assigned by the mentor/supervisor
  • Establishes fundamental business/technical foundation through practice of internal processes and procedures
  • Job shadows at all levels in the field
  • Performs administrative functions as needed
  • Assists in the coordination and execution of company events
  • Punctuality to work each day and prepared to work scheduled work hours
  • Other duties as assigned

Learn more about specific opportunities and apply at http://careers.sncorp.com/career/index.asp

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Oregon NASA Space Grant 2013-14 Scholarship Call Now OPEN

FOR TRANSPARENCY_OregonSpaceGrantLogoThe 2013-14 Oregon Space Grant Consortium Scholarship Program is now OPEN!
Application Deadline: May 17, 2013

The Oregon NASA Space Grant Consortium (OSGC) is pleased to provide students attending our member colleges and universities opportunities to apply for scholarship awards that support their academic goals and recognize their achievements. Scholarships are open to new and continuing students in the disciplines of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), and STEM education disciplines. The scholarship program supports the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) objectives of fostering and encouraging career goals in STEM and STEM education. Individuals from under-represented groups in the STEM fields are encouraged to apply.

Several unique scholarship opportunities exist catering to different degree programs, career goals, and institution types. Details regarding each of these opportunities are found in the Scholarship Guide, available for download on the OSGC website scholarship page. Please read the Scholarship Guide carefully for eligibility requirements, application instructions and links to the online application system.

Scholarships are awarded through a competitive process. Note: Students receiving awards in past competitions may apply and receive awards for subsequent competitions.

Awards for the 2013-14 Academic Year will be made in the following categories:

– OSGC Community College Scholarships
Online application: https://spacegrant.net/apps/?pk=ors2

– OSGC 4-Year Institution Scholarships
Online application: https://spacegrant.net/apps/?pk=ors1

– OSGC Undergraduate Research Scholarships
Online application: https://spacegrant.net/apps/?pk=ors3

For more information about the OSGC 2013-14 Scholarship Program, go to http://spacegrant.oregonstate.edu/scholarships.

Questions regarding OSGC Scholarship opportunities, application procedures, or eligibility may be directed to OSGC staff by phone at 541.737.2414 or via email to spacegrant@oregonstate.edu.

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NICE Teacher Professional Development Workshop Series

NICE_Patch_200x200NASA Innovations in Climate Education (NICE) Teacher Professional Development Workshop Series is seeking teacher participants! Join NICE on April 9th, 11th, 16th, and 18th from 4:00 – 5:20 pm EST. One-way or two-way virtual participation options available.

From greenhouse effect to Earth’s rising temperatures and resulting impacts on plants, bugs and birds, increase your understanding of these timely topics and more at the NICE Teacher Professional Development Workshop. This workshop is a four-part series featuring climate literacy content and classroom resources from NASA and NICE Earth Systems Scientists. It is open to all Science, Technology, Engineering and Math K-12 teachers. The content will be geared toward the 5-9 grade band.

For more information visit the NICE website at: http://nice.larc.nasa.gov/node/129

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REMINDER: NASA 2013 Summer Internship Applications Due March 15, 2013

One Stop Shopping Initiative Website

The NASA One Stop Shopping Initiative (OSSI) provides students at higher education institutions access to a portfolio of internship, fellowship, and scholarship opportunities offered by NASA mission directorates and NASA centers.

Visit the OSSI LaunchPad to find information about internship, fellowship, and scholarship opportunities. The site features the OSSI: Student Online Application for Recruiting Interns, Fellows, and Scholars (SOLAR). This innovative system allows students to search and apply for all types of higher-education NASA internship, fellowship, and scholarship opportunities in ONE location. A single application places the student in the applicant pool for consideration by NASA mentors.

Applications for summer opportunities are due March 15, 2013.

Visit http://intern.nasa.gov/index.html to find available opportunities and fill out a SOLAR application.

Visit http://spacegrant.oregonstate.edu/internships for more information.

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