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MS PHD’s Professional Development Program for Undergraduate/Graduate Students – Deadline August 31, 2012

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MS PHD’s Cohort IX: 2012-2014 Professional Development Program for Undergraduate/Graduate Students (Apply by Aug. 31)

The Minorities Striving and Pursuing Higher Degrees of Success (MS PHD’S) Professional Development Program facilitates mentoring and networking activities for minority undergraduate and graduate Earth system science and engineering (ESSE) majors and provides a supportive environment in which participants develop strategies and professional skills necessary to excel in Earth system science and engineering fields. Space is also available for those interested in being mentors.

MS PHD’s is currently accepting applications for Cohort IX (2012-2014). The deadline to submit your online application is August 31, 2012. In addition to the online application, please have two references submit letters of recommendation to by August 31, 2012.

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Planetary Science Summer School for Post-Graduates/PhD Students – Deadline March 28, 2012

NASA 24th Annual Planetary Science Summer School for Post-Graduates/PhD Students (Apply by March 28)
(Apply by March 28; June 18-22 and July 16-20)

NASA is accepting applications from science and engineering post-docs, recent PhDs, and doctoral students for it’s 24th Annual Planetary Science Summer School, which will hold two separate sessions this summer at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. During the program and pre-session webinars, student teams will carry out the equivalent of an early mission concept study, prepare a proposal authorization review presentation, present it to a review board, and receive feedback. By the end of the session, students will have a clearer understanding of the life cycle of a space mission; relationships between mission design, cost and schedule; and the tradeoffs necessary to stay within cost and schedule while preserving the quality of science. Partial financial support is available for a limited number of individuals. For more information, visit

AMS DataStreme Earth’s Climate Systems Professional Development Courses – K-12

AMS DataStreme Earth’s Climate Systems Professional Development Course for K-12 Educators (Jan.-April 2012)

The American Meteorological Society (AMS), with support from NASA and in partnership with the State University of New York’s College at Brockport, is developing a national cadre of K-12 teachers highly trained in climate science, and familiar with climate modeling. Teachers are trained through DataStreme Earth’s Climate System (ECS), a semester-long, graduate level, pre-college teacher professional development course. DataStreme ECS uses NASA Earth Observing System (EOS) data and visualizations, and introduced the Educational Global Climate Modeling (EdGCM) developed by the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, to explore the fundamentals of climate change. Teachers completing the course construct and execute a Plan of Action to advance public climate science literacy and affect curriculum change within their local schools and districts.

DataStreme ECS is administered through 21 course Local Implementation Teams (LITs) across the country. The course is free to all participants, and the teachers are awarded three graduate credits upon successful completion of the course. For more information, including a listing of course offerings by state, and an application form, visit


NASA BEST Students Curriculum Workshop in Montana – October 21, 2010

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NASA BEST Workshop in Montana - October 21, 2010

NASA is hosting a professional development opportunity in Missoula, Mont., on Oct. 21, 2010. This workshop is an introduction to the NASA’s Beginning Engineering, Science and Technology Students curriculum. The BEST Students curriculum is designed to teach students in grades K-8 about the engineering design process. NASA wants students to understand that one must ask questions, imagine solutions and design a plan before ever building an experiment. The hands-on activities in this guide are therefore different than others – students have no recipe to follow! Let them think outside the box when designing and building the next lunar buggy to explore the moon!

This event is open to all educators, informal and formal. To sign up for this free professional development opportunity, please contact Dr. Marci Delaney ( or Kay Fladstol of Visionet (

For more information about the NASA BEST curriculum, visit

Link to 200 Free College Courses Available Online

In an article posted in January of 2008 Jessica Hupp, a writer for the Online Education Database, offered links to 200 free online courses from some excellent universities. The article, titled 200 Free Online Classes to Learn Anything, lists a wide range of subject material in the sciences, arts, and humanities. Students and educators alike are free to study at their leisure using the same quality course materials provided to university students.

Enhance your current skills or learn about a new subject today. Visit the OEDb website to view the entire article and explore the links of interest to you.


Link to 100 Free Educational Podcasts – Video and Audio Course Content

Back in January of 2008, Online Education Database writer Heather Johnson posted an excellent article listing 100 sources for free online education podcasts.  The article, titled Skip the Tuition: 100 Free Podcasts from the Best Colleges in the World, includes audio and video course content from such schools as Stanford, MIT, Harvard, Yale, and UCLA. 

Whether you just want to brush up on an old subject or expand your knowlege base, these podcasts provide a free and flexible alternative to traditional courses.  All you need is an MP3 player and an internet connection for downloading the content.

Check out Heather’s post at the following URL:

Space Foundation’s Space Career Fair – April 10, 2008 in Colorado Springs, CO


Attend the Space Foundation’s sixth annual Space Career Fair on April 10, 2008, held during the 24th National Space Symposium at The Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

The Space Career Fair is open to college students in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and business administration and transitioning military.  Combine your education and talents with your interest in space and take advantage of a dynamic networking lunch.  (First 300 paid registrants receive a complimentary buffet-style lunch.)  This event is hosted by the Space Foundation, its corporate members, and sponsoring companies.

Whether you are a college student or transitioning military veteran, discover how to make the best of your career by attending this event.

WHAT: Space Career Fair Pre-registration is required. Please register online at Deadline for registration is April 4, 2008.
WHO: Undergraduate and graduate students with a valid student ID or transitioning military with a valid military ID
WHEN: Thursday, April 10, 2008 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. (pre-registered on-site check-in begins at 7:30 a.m.)
Door prizes: Airline tickets, small monetary college scholarships and space memorabilia
WHERE: The Broadmoor Hotel–Broadmoor West
COST: $14 (non-refundable) fee covers registration, use of the Space Career Fair Cybercenter, and afternoon access to the 24th National Space Symposium – Lockheed Martin Exhibit Center.  The first 300 paid registrants receive a complimentary buffet-style lunch.

The Space Career Fair features “Meet the Company” presentations with space industry representatives, entrance into the Space Career Fair Pavilion, and a visitor’s pass into the 24th National Space Symposium – Lockheed Martin Exhibit Center.  Registrants may e-mail their resumes to the leading space companies in attendance at the Space Career Fair prior to the event for a possible pre-scheduled interview.  Company representatives will be available to discuss current and future career opportunities, industry trends, and upcoming civil, commercial, and national security workforce needs.  A valid photo identification card is required at check-in.  Failure to produce proper identification on-site will result in cancellation of your (non-refundable) registration, and admittance into the 24th National Space Symposium – Lockheed Martin Exhibit Center will be denied.  REMEMBER TO BRING YOUR ID!  ALL SPACE CAREER FAIR REGISTRATIONS ARE NON-TRANFERABLE AND NON-REFUNDABLE.

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Application Deadline for the NASA Administrator’s Fellowship Program Extended to February 21, 2008

The NASA Administrator’s Fellowship Program is a unique program designed to enhance the professional development of NASA employees and the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) faculty at Minority Institutions (MIs)1. The program also strives to increase the capability of MIs to respond to NASA’s research, development, and education needs.

Since 1997, eighty-nine (89) fellows have entered the NAFP. Through the development and implementation of professional development plans tailored to each individual fellows’ and host institutions’ needs, the benefits to Minority Institutions, faculty, and NASA employees include:

• Access to NASA’s internal and informal information networks
• Opportunity to gain and expand knowledge of NASA’s technical and scientific needs
• Opportunity to share information about specific MSI capabilities and technologies
• Enhancement of undergraduate and graduate research
• Opportunity to build scholarly publication skills

In order to meet NAFP objectives, two categories of respondents are encouraged to apply:

1) NASA Career Employees – These fellows will teach and/or conduct research at a MI and participate in developmental assignments at NASA Headquarters, NASA centers, NASA related research organizations, other government agencies, or in the private sector. Employee fellows will spend approximately 9 months teaching at a MI and 9-13 months in professional development assignments. Typically, the NAFP tenure for NASA employees is 18-22 months.

2) STEM Faculty of Minority-Serving Institutions – These fellows will conduct research at NASA Headquarters, NASA centers, NASA related research organizations, other government agencies, or in the private sector. They may also pursue other developmental assignments over the course of the fellowship. Faculty fellows will spend 12 months conducting research at a NASA center and 9 months “in-residence” at their home institution conducting NASA-related research. Typically, the NAFP tenure for faculty fellows is 21 months.

The participation of fellows from both NASA and academia will serve to increase knowledge of the scientific and technical needs of NASA as well as increase the capability of MIs to participate in NASA-sponsored research and development (R&D) programs. Fellow participation will also allow NASA to share information about leading edge technologies and establish relationships with the MIs. In addition, fellows will receive training in the latest methods of teaching mathematics, science, and engineering, and in the presentation of research results. These benefits will strengthen the fellows in their careers and provide enhanced capabilities to assist in the academic preparation of future scientists and engineers.

The application deadline for the NAFP program has been extended until February 21, 2008. Please visit the following website for details and application forms.

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