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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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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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“Why it’s hard to get to Mars” presented by Astronaut Stan Love

Astronaut Stan LoveWhat challenges does NASA face on their quest to send humans to Mars?

NASA Astronaut Stanley Love is visiting Oregon State University on Monday, March 4, 2013 to answer that very question in his entertaining presentation, “Why Mars is Hard”! The presentation will start at 6 p.m. PDT in the Milam Auditorium (026) in Milam Hall at the corner of SW 26th Street and SW Campus Way on the OSU Campus.

The presentation is free of charge and open to the public. Media are invited to attend. During his talk, Dr. Love will give a fun rocket science lesson to help the audience understand why going to Mars is difficult and to hopefully inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers to pursue these challenges. A brief question-and-answer session will follow.

Dr. Love considers Eugene, Oregon to be his hometown. He was selected by NASA to be an astronaut in 1998. In 2008, Dr. Love completed his first spaceflight on the crew of STS-122, logging more than 306 hours in space. This included more than 15 hours in two spacewalks, where he helped prepare the European Space Agency’s Columbus Laboratory module for installation.

The event is hosted by the OSU AIAA (American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics) Student Branch and sponsored by the OSU School of MIME (Mechanical, Industrial, and Manufacturing Engineering). For more information about this appearance, contact Victor Dang
at dangvi@onid.orst.edu.

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2013 Oregon NASA Space Grant Student Symposium

Bar with OSGC and face of NASAThe Oregon NASA Space Grant Consortium presents the
2013 Student Symposium,
Friday February 8, 2013. The Symposium will be held from 9:00am – 8:00pm at the Oregon State University Memorial Union Journey Room, Corvallis, Oregon. Oregon NASA Space Grant students who were awarded fellowships, internships, undergraduate research scholarships, and team research awards in 2012 will present their research projects and share their experiences at the OSGC Student Symposium. Oregon NASA Space Grant is committed to providing quality educational and research opportunities to students in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines including STEM education. You are invited to attend the 2013 Student Symposium to see firsthand the opportunities our students have experienced.

This is a great way for students who are interested in participating in a NASA student program to learn more about opportunities that are available for summer 2013.
You can be the face of NASA in Oregon!

Friday, February 8, 2013
9-11am – Poster Session, Meet and Greet
11am-12:30pm – Lunch
12:30-5:00pm – Oral Presentation Session with Q & A
5-6pm – Reception
6-8pm – Oral Presentation Session with Q & A

FREE and OPEN TO ALL
Call 541-737-2414 or go to spacegrant.oregonstate.edu/student-symposium for more information. Accommodations for disabilities may be made by calling 541-737-2414.

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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International Space Station NASA Education Project: Proposals Due February 20, 2013

ISSAttention College and University Students!

Conduct research in space and make new discoveries! The adventure begins in 2013. The ISS NASA Education Projects Office is now accepting proposals from higher education institutions or consortia of organizations serving higher education that are interested in conducting research in space and have concepts for flight experiments or demonstrations that utilize a microgravity environment and can be conducted in a ‘1 unit’ (1U) NanoRacks NanoLab.

Proposal requirements:

· Must align with space station program research priorities in technology, biology, biotechnology, and physical sciences

· Must address innovative, meaningful, and enduring research and technology development activities with STEM –based context

White papers must be submitted on January 23, 2013 by 4 p.m. (CST). Full proposals must be submitted on February 20, 2013 by midnight (CST).

For more information, visit: http://tinyurl.com/9wnhgj9

About us: The ISS NASA Education Projects Office acts as a gateway to the space station for students, educators, and institutions of learning and helps to strengthen the connection between space station and STEM education.

Contact:
Janejit T. Gensler
NASA Johnson Space Center
2101 NASA Parkway
Houston, TX 77058
281.244.1024
Janejit.t.gensler@nasa.gov

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Keeping the Wheels Turning: Registration open for the 20th Annual NASA Great Moonbuggy Race

Moonbuggy LogoRegistration is now open for the 20th annual NASA Great Moonbuggy Race, which challenges high school, college and university students around the world to build and race fast, lightweight “moonbuggies” of their own design.

The students’ work will culminate in two days of competitive racing April 26-27, 2013, at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Ala. NASA created the event two decades ago to complement classroom learning, provide young thinkers and builders with real-world engineering experience and inspire them to consider careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics — the STEM fields.

“It’s our goal to keep the wheels turning,” said Tammy Rowan, manager of the Academic Affairs Office at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, which organizes the race each year. “The ingenuity and enthusiasm we see among racers begins in the classroom. That first spark of interest — whether it’s in basic chemistry or astronomy or the history of spaceflight — starts the wheels turning. The Great Moonbuggy Race helps sustain that momentum, turning interest into passion, and dreams into a lifelong pursuit of new answers and new horizons.”

International registration for the 2013 race closes Jan. 7. Registration for U.S. teams closes Feb. 4. Participating high schools, colleges and universities each may register up to two teams
and two vehicles. For complete rules and to register, visit: http://moonbuggy.msfc.nasa.gov

When Marshall created the race as a regional college challenge during the 1993-1994 school year, only eight teams participated. The high school division was added in 1996, and registration has swelled ever since.

Racers compete to post the fastest vehicle assembly and race times in their divisions, while incurring the fewest penalties. Prizes are awarded to the three teams in each division that finish with the lowest final times. NASA and industry sponsors present additional awards for engineering ingenuity, team spirit, best debut by a rookie team and more.

The course, built each spring on the outdoor grounds of the Space and Rocket Center, comprises a winding half-mile of gravel embankments, sand pits and obstacles that mimic the harsh surface of the moon. The race’s creators drew inspiration from conditions faced by the Apollo-era Lunar Roving Vehicles. Three rovers built at Marshall in the late 1960s were used on the moon during the Apollo 15, Apollo 16 and Apollo 17 missions in 1971 and 1972.

Today, the students’ moonbuggies address many of the same design challenges NASA and industry engineers overcame to deliver those historic rovers. The vehicles dramatically expanded astronauts’ reach across the lunar surface and enabled them to conduct much more scientific research during their brief stays on the moon.

In the most recent Great Moonbuggy Race, held in April 2012, more than 70 teams tackled the course. Petra Mercado High School in Humacao, Puerto Rico was first place in the high school division. The University of Alabama in Huntsville won first place in the college division. Petra Mercado, in only its second year in the competition, earned a completion time of 3 minutes and 20 seconds. The winning University of Alabama in Huntsville team finished in 4 minutes and 3 seconds.

To date, more than 5,000 students from around the world have participated in the races. Past winning teams have hailed from Alabama, Arizona, California, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky,
Louisiana, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Utah and Wyoming — and from Canada and Germany. International racers have come from as far away as India, Italy, Romania, Russia and the United Arab Emirates.

Racers from Erie High School in Erie, Kan., have held the record for the best course-completion time since 2008. Their best overall time of 3 minutes and 17 seconds earned the first-place trophy in the high school division that year.

More than 350,000 people watched live and archived coverage of the spring 2012 race on NASA TV and on UStream. For archived footage of the competition, visit:http://www.ustream.tv/channel/nasa-msfc

For images and additional information about past races, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/moonbuggy

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EXTENDED Due Date: 2013 NASA Academy Online Application Due January 22, 2013

Calling all university students who see themselves as future leaders in the Aerospace Program….the NASA Academy, an intensive ten-week residential summer experience, is for you!

Conduct hands-on research at a NASA center, live with other highly motivated interns, participate in group projects, and network with NASA leaders and industry experts. Interested students must first create a profile on the NASA SOLAR website at http://intern.nasa.gov and then apply at http://www.AcademyApp.com. Applications are due January 22, 2013; selections will be made in early February, 2013.

The academy application serves the:
* NASA Academy at Ames Research Center (Mountain View, CA)
* NASA Academy at Glenn Research Center (Cleveland, OH)
* NASA Academy at Marshall Space Flight Center (Huntsville, AL)
* NASA Aeronautics Academy at Ames Research Center (Mountain View, CA)
* NASA Aeronautics Academy at Dryden Flight Research Center (Edwards AFB, CA)
* NASA Aeronautics Academy at Glenn Research Center (Cleveland, OH)
* NASA Aeronautics Academy at Langley Research Center (Hampton, VA)
* NASA Propulsion Academy at Marshall Space Flight Center (Huntsville, AL)
* NASA Robotics Academy at Marshall Space Flight Center (Huntsville, AL)

For more information go to http://www.AcademyApp.com

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