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Current Opportunities for Students

Click on your grade level to find things you can do with NASA. Check this page often for new items.

Grades K-4

Send Your Name on the First Orion Flight and Beyond!
NASA is inviting the public to send their names on a microchip to destinations beyond low-Earth orbit, including Mars. Your name will begin its journey on a dime-sized microchip when the agency′s Orion spacecraft launches Dec. 4, 2014. But the journey for your name doesn′t end there. After returning to Earth, the names will fly on future NASA exploration flights and missions to Mars. The deadline for receiving a personal "boarding pass″ on Orion′s test flight closes Oct. 31, 2014.

NASA's Balance Mass Challenge: Using "Dead Weight" on Mars Spacecraft to Advance Science and Technology
NASA is looking for creative yet practical ideas to find a dual purpose for balance mass, also known as dead weight that is jettisoned from Mars landers to balance the spacecraft during entry and landing. Proposed concepts should perform a scientific function or technological demonstration while closely matching the mass and volume characteristics of the original balance mass. Submissions are due Nov. 21, 2014. A winner will be announced in mid-January 2015 and receive an award of $20,000.

Future Engineers 3-D Printing in Space: Design a Space Tool Challenge
NASA and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers Foundation are challenging students in grades K-12 to create and submit a digital 3-D model of a tool that they think astronauts might need in space. Using 3-D modeling software, participants have the opportunity for their designs to be printed on the first 3-D printer aboard the International Space Station. Multiple prizes, based on age groups, are available. The grand prize for the winning student will be the opportunity to watch from NASA′s Payload Operations Center with the mission control team as the item he or she designed is printed in space. Entries are due Dec. 15, 2014.

2014-2015 NASA Goddard OPTIMUS PRIME Spinoff Challenge
NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center is launching the 2014-2015 TRANSFORMERS OPTIMUS PRIME Spinoff Challenge. Spinoffs are technologies originally created for space and modified into everyday products used on Earth. The scope of this year's contest is being expanded to include two challenges: a video challenge for grades 3-12 and an InWorld Challenge for grades 6-12. Winning students from each grade category will be invited to Goddard to participate in a behind-the-scenes workshop, attend a VIP awards ceremony and meet actor Peter Cullen, the voice of OPTIMUS PRIME. The deadline to register and upload videos is Jan. 12, 2015.

Help NASA Find New Planetary Systems -- Become a Disk Detective!
Help NASA find new disks, homes of extrasolar planets, by classifying images from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer telescope and other observatories. In this citizen science project, you'll view animated images of disk candidates and classify them, distinguishing good candidates from galaxies, asteroids and image artifacts. This project, suitable for elementary students through expert adults, will yield targets for the James Webb Space Telescope and publications in professional scientific literature. The project is expected to run through 2018.

Citizen Science: Asteroid Mappers
NASA's Dawn Mission invites you to investigate and analyze high-resolution Dawn images of the giant asteroid Vesta, including craters and other features, from your own computer. The Dawn Mission's spacecraft has gathered intriguing data, including tens of thousands of images, more than the Dawn team has time to analyze in detail. That's where you come in. Register today to help the Dawn Science Team make sense of new elements on the surface of Vesta and learn more about this mysterious world.

Curiosity Explorer Badge on Foursquare
NASA and the mobile application Foursquare have teamed up to help the public unlock its scientific curiosity with a new rover-themed Curiosity Explorer badge. Users of the Foursquare social media platform can earn the badge by following NASA and checking in at a NASA visitor center or venue categorized as a science museum or planetarium. Foursquare users also can keep up with Curiosity as the rover checks in at key locations and posts photos and tips, all while exploring the Red Planet.

New Horizons Kids Club
New Horizons wasn't the only voyage launched on January 19, 2006. The New Horizons team welcomes five new "Pluto Pals." The five students were born on the same day the spacecraft started on its historic journey the outer solar system.

Rock Around the World
Mars scientists are asking students from around the world to help them understand the red planet. Send in a rock collected by you or your classroom from your region of the world, and we will use a special tool like the one on the rover to tell you what it's made of. Then everyone can compare their rocks to the ones found on Mars.

 

Grades 5-8

Send Your Name on the First Orion Flight and Beyond!
NASA is inviting the public to send their names on a microchip to destinations beyond low-Earth orbit, including Mars. Your name will begin its journey on a dime-sized microchip when the agency′s Orion spacecraft launches Dec. 4, 2014. But the journey for your name doesn′t end there. After returning to Earth, the names will fly on future NASA exploration flights and missions to Mars. The deadline for receiving a personal "boarding pass″ on Orion′s test flight closes Oct. 31, 2014.

Student Spaceflight Experiments Program -- Mission 8 to the International Space Station
The National Center for Earth and Space Science Education, in partnership with NanoRacks LLC, announces Mission 8 to the International Space Station. This opportunity gives students across a community the ability to design and propose real experiments to fly in low-Earth orbit on the space station. Mission 8 is open to school districts serving grades 5-12, informal education organizations and colleges. Interested communities must inquire about the program no later than Nov. 15, 2014.

2014 Humans in Space Art Video Challenge
How will humans use space science and technology to benefit humanity? The Humans in Space Art Challenge invites college students and early career professionals to ponder this question and to express an answer creatively in a video less than three minutes long. Video artwork can be of any style, featuring original animation, sketches, music, live action drama, poetry, dance, Rube Goldberg machines, apps, etc. Younger students may also participate. Submissions must be received by Nov. 15, 2014.

NASA's Balance Mass Challenge: Using "Dead Weight" on Mars Spacecraft to Advance Science and Technology
NASA is looking for creative yet practical ideas to find a dual purpose for balance mass, also known as dead weight that is jettisoned from Mars landers to balance the spacecraft during entry and landing. Proposed concepts should perform a scientific function or technological demonstration while closely matching the mass and volume characteristics of the original balance mass. Submissions are due Nov. 21, 2014. A winner will be announced in mid-January 2015 and receive an award of $20,000.

Future Engineers 3-D Printing in Space: Design a Space Tool Challenge
NASA and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers Foundation are challenging students in grades K-12 to create and submit a digital 3-D model of a tool that they think astronauts might need in space. Using 3-D modeling software, participants have the opportunity for their designs to be printed on the first 3-D printer aboard the International Space Station. Multiple prizes, based on age groups, are available. The grand prize for the winning student will be the opportunity to watch from NASA′s Payload Operations Center with the mission control team as the item he or she designed is printed in space. Entries are due Dec. 15, 2014.

2014-2015 NASA Goddard OPTIMUS PRIME Spinoff Challenge
NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center is launching the 2014-2015 TRANSFORMERS OPTIMUS PRIME Spinoff Challenge. Spinoffs are technologies originally created for space and modified into everyday products used on Earth. The scope of this year's contest is being expanded to include two challenges: a video challenge for grades 3-12 and an InWorld Challenge for grades 6-12. Winning students from each grade category will be invited to Goddard to participate in a behind-the-scenes workshop, attend a VIP awards ceremony and meet actor Peter Cullen, the voice of OPTIMUS PRIME. The deadline to register and upload videos is Jan. 12, 2015.

Help NASA Find New Planetary Systems -- Become a Disk Detective!
Help NASA find new disks, homes of extrasolar planets, by classifying images from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer telescope and other observatories. In this citizen science project, you'll view animated images of disk candidates and classify them, distinguishing good candidates from galaxies, asteroids and image artifacts. This project, suitable for elementary students through expert adults, will yield targets for the James Webb Space Telescope and publications in professional scientific literature. The project is expected to run through 2018.

Citizen Science: Asteroid Mappers
NASA's Dawn Mission invites you to investigate and analyze high-resolution Dawn images of the giant asteroid Vesta, including craters and other features, from your own computer. The Dawn Mission's spacecraft has gathered intriguing data, including tens of thousands of images, more than the Dawn team has time to analyze in detail. That's where you come in. Register today to help the Dawn Science Team make sense of new elements on the surface of Vesta and learn more about this mysterious world.

Curiosity Explorer Badge on Foursquare
NASA and the mobile application Foursquare have teamed up to help the public unlock its scientific curiosity with a new rover-themed Curiosity Explorer badge. Users of the Foursquare social media platform can earn the badge by following NASA and checking in at a NASA visitor center or venue categorized as a science museum or planetarium. Foursquare users also can keep up with Curiosity as the rover checks in at key locations and posts photos and tips, all while exploring the Red Planet.

Rock Around the World
Mars scientists are asking students from around the world to help them understand the red planet. Send in a rock collected by you or your classroom from your region of the world, and we will use a special tool like the one on the rover to tell you what it's made of. Then everyone can compare their rocks to the ones found on Mars.

 

Grades 9-12

NOAA Education and Science Forum 2014
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Living Marine Resources Cooperative Science Center located on the campus of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore will co-host the seventh biennial Educational Partnership Program Education and Science Forum Oct. 26-29, 2014. This year’s theme is "Developing a Premier Future STEM Workforce to Support Environmental Sustainability." Student development workshops, plenary sessions, and oral and poster presentations are planned. Visit the forum website for full details and to register to attend.

Send Your Name on the First Orion Flight and Beyond!
NASA is inviting the public to send their names on a microchip to destinations beyond low-Earth orbit, including Mars. Your name will begin its journey on a dime-sized microchip when the agency′s Orion spacecraft launches Dec. 4, 2014. But the journey for your name doesn′t end there. After returning to Earth, the names will fly on future NASA exploration flights and missions to Mars. The deadline for receiving a personal "boarding pass″ on Orion′s test flight closes Oct. 31, 2014.

Free Lecture -- Far Out! A Tour of the Icy Bodies of the Outer Solar System
Discover the diverse and curious population of icy bodies that inhabit the outer solar system. On Nov. 8, 2014, postdoctoral fellow Emily Martin will lead participants on a journey starting at the moons of Jupiter and cruising through the moons of Saturn, Neptune and Uranus, and then stopping at Pluto. The lecture begins at 5:15 p.m. EST at the Albert Einstein Planetarium at the National Air and Space Museum in the District of Columbia. Stay after the lecture to visit the observatory, weather permitting.

Student Spaceflight Experiments Program -- Mission 8 to the International Space Station
The National Center for Earth and Space Science Education, in partnership with NanoRacks LLC, announces Mission 8 to the International Space Station. This opportunity gives students across a community the ability to design and propose real experiments to fly in low-Earth orbit on the space station. Mission 8 is open to school districts serving grades 5-12, informal education organizations and colleges. Interested communities must inquire about the program no later than Nov. 15, 2014.

Earth Science Challenges With OpenNEX Cloud Data
NASA is challenging the public to create innovative ways to use data from the agency's Earth science satellites. The challenges use the Open NASA Earth Exchange, a data, supercomputing and knowledge platform where users can share modeling and analysis codes, scientific results, knowledge and expertise to solve big data challenges in the Earth sciences. Prize monies of up to $60,000 will be rewarded in stages for creative innovations. Online video lectures and hands-on lab modules are available and challenges run through Nov. 15, 2014.

2014 Humans in Space Art Video Challenge
How will humans use space science and technology to benefit humanity? The Humans in Space Art Challenge invites college students and early career professionals to ponder this question and to express an answer creatively in a video less than three minutes long. Video artwork can be of any style, featuring original animation, sketches, music, live action drama, poetry, dance, Rube Goldberg machines, apps, etc. Younger students may also participate. Submissions must be received by Nov. 15, 2014.

NASA's Balance Mass Challenge: Using "Dead Weight" on Mars Spacecraft to Advance Science and Technology
NASA is looking for creative yet practical ideas to find a dual purpose for balance mass, also known as dead weight that is jettisoned from Mars landers to balance the spacecraft during entry and landing. Proposed concepts should perform a scientific function or technological demonstration while closely matching the mass and volume characteristics of the original balance mass. Submissions are due Nov. 21, 2014. A winner will be announced in mid-January 2015 and receive an award of $20,000.

Free Lecture -- Rubble Trouble: How Space Junk Impacts Astronomy
The incredible information and images gathered using space telescopes have revolutionized what we know about the cosmos. Could space junk hinder future findings? On Dec. 6, 2014, research associate Lisa Rand will discuss this question and the impact space junk has on astronomy. The lecture begins at 5:15 p.m. EST at the Albert Einstein Planetarium at the National Air and Space Museum in the District of Columbia. Stay after the lecture to visit the observatory, weather permitting.

Future Engineers 3-D Printing in Space: Design a Space Tool Challenge
NASA and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers Foundation are challenging students in grades K-12 to create and submit a digital 3-D model of a tool that they think astronauts might need in space. Using 3-D modeling software, participants have the opportunity for their designs to be printed on the first 3-D printer aboard the International Space Station. Multiple prizes, based on age groups, are available. The grand prize for the winning student will be the opportunity to watch from NASA′s Payload Operations Center with the mission control team as the item he or she designed is printed in space. Entries are due Dec. 15, 2014.

2014-2015 NASA Goddard OPTIMUS PRIME Spinoff Challenge
NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center is launching the 2014-2015 TRANSFORMERS OPTIMUS PRIME Spinoff Challenge. Spinoffs are technologies originally created for space and modified into everyday products used on Earth. The scope of this year's contest is being expanded to include two challenges: a video challenge for grades 3-12 and an InWorld Challenge for grades 6-12. Winning students from each grade category will be invited to Goddard to participate in a behind-the-scenes workshop, attend a VIP awards ceremony and meet actor Peter Cullen, the voice of OPTIMUS PRIME. The deadline to register and upload videos is Jan. 12, 2015.

Free Lecture -- Observing the Origin of the Universe From the South Pole
After three years of observing from the South Pole, scientists may have found confirmation that the universe underwent a burst of inflationary growth at the time of the Big Bang. On Jan. 24, 2015, cosmologist Colin Bischoff will discuss these findings as well as the excitement of astronomy from Antarctica. The lecture begins at 5:15 p.m. EST at the Albert Einstein Planetarium at the National Air and Space Museum in the District of Columbia. Stay after the lecture to visit the observatory, weather permitting.

Free Lecture -- Tracing the Structure of the Universe With Galaxy Surveys
Studies of galaxy formation and cosmology have exploded in recent years due to the immense data obtained from large galaxy surveys. On Feb. 21, 2015, postdoctoral fellow Cameron McBride will discuss how observational data and theory are combined to better understand fundamental questions in our universe. The lecture begins at 5:15 p.m. EST at the Albert Einstein Planetarium at the National Air and Space Museum in the District of Columbia. Stay after the lecture to visit the observatory, weather permitting.

Help NASA Find New Planetary Systems -- Become a Disk Detective!
Help NASA find new disks, homes of extrasolar planets, by classifying images from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer telescope and other observatories. In this citizen science project, you'll view animated images of disk candidates and classify them, distinguishing good candidates from galaxies, asteroids and image artifacts. This project, suitable for elementary students through expert adults, will yield targets for the James Webb Space Telescope and publications in professional scientific literature. The project is expected to run through 2018.

NASA Visitor Centers: Passport to Explore Space
Join the Passport to Explore Space program! Your mission is to visit all 14 visitor centers and space shuttle locations. Each NASA Visitor Center offers a unique focus and scope of work, contributing to the overall mission of America’s space program. Membership in the free program includes an official 8-page Passport to Explore Space that you can get stamped at each site. Members receive discounts on admission, tours, food and retail at participating locations in addition to stamped certification of visits and a newsletter.

Youth For Understanding USA
Youth For Understanding, or YFU, USA, a nonprofit leader in youth exchange programs, is reaching out to educators, parents and students who are excited about learning and intercultural exchange. YFU awards $1.6 million in annual scholarships to U.S. high school students to study abroad. YFU also seeks host families and mentors nationwide for international exchange students arriving in August to attend high schools nationwide. For more on YFU opportunities, visit http://www.yfu-usa.org or call 1-800-TEENAGE. The U.S. Department of State sponsors multiple programs for educational, cultural and professional exchanges across the world and also for American citizens to go abroad. To learn more, visit http://exchanges.state.gov/us. Join in the fun and make a difference!

Citizen Science: Asteroid Mappers
NASA's Dawn Mission invites you to investigate and analyze high-resolution Dawn images of the giant asteroid Vesta, including craters and other features, from your own computer. The Dawn Mission's spacecraft has gathered intriguing data, including tens of thousands of images, more than the Dawn team has time to analyze in detail. That's where you come in. Register today to help the Dawn Science Team make sense of new elements on the surface of Vesta and learn more about this mysterious world.

Curiosity Explorer Badge on Foursquare
NASA and the mobile application Foursquare have teamed up to help the public unlock its scientific curiosity with a new rover-themed Curiosity Explorer badge. Users of the Foursquare social media platform can earn the badge by following NASA and checking in at a NASA visitor center or venue categorized as a science museum or planetarium. Foursquare users also can keep up with Curiosity as the rover checks in at key locations and posts photos and tips, all while exploring the Red Planet.
 

Higher Education

NOAA Education and Science Forum 2014
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Living Marine Resources Cooperative Science Center located on the campus of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore will co-host the seventh biennial Educational Partnership Program Education and Science Forum Oct. 26-29, 2014. This year’s theme is "Developing a Premier Future STEM Workforce to Support Environmental Sustainability." Student development workshops, plenary sessions, and oral and poster presentations are planned. Visit the forum website for full details and to register to attend.

Send Your Name on the First Orion Flight and Beyond!
NASA is inviting the public to send their names on a microchip to destinations beyond low-Earth orbit, including Mars. Your name will begin its journey on a dime-sized microchip when the agency′s Orion spacecraft launches Dec. 4, 2014. But the journey for your name doesn′t end there. After returning to Earth, the names will fly on future NASA exploration flights and missions to Mars. The deadline for receiving a personal "boarding pass″ on Orion′s test flight closes Oct. 31, 2014.

NASA Postdoctoral Program Fellowships
The NASA Postdoctoral Program supports NASA's goal to expand scientific understanding of the Earth and the universe in which we live. NPP fellows complete one- to three-year fellowships that offer scientists and engineers unique opportunities to conduct research in fields of science relevant to NASA. Applicants must have completed a doctorate or equivalent degree before beginning the fellowship, but may apply while completing degree requirements. Applications are due Nov. 1, 2014.

Free Lecture -- Far Out! A Tour of the Icy Bodies of the Outer Solar System
Discover the diverse and curious population of icy bodies that inhabit the outer solar system. On Nov. 8, 2014, postdoctoral fellow Emily Martin will lead participants on a journey starting at the moons of Jupiter and cruising through the moons of Saturn, Neptune and Uranus, and then stopping at Pluto. The lecture begins at 5:15 p.m. EST at the Albert Einstein Planetarium at the National Air and Space Museum in the District of Columbia. Stay after the lecture to visit the observatory, weather permitting.

DEADLINE EXTENDED: OSSI NIFS -- Spring 2015 Opportunities
NASA's One Stop Shopping Initiative for Internships, Fellowships and Scholarships, or OSSI NIFS, provides access to a portfolio of internship, fellowship and scholarship opportunities offered by NASA. The site features the OSSI NIFS online application for recruiting NASA interns, fellows and scholars. This innovative system allows students to search and apply for all types of higher education opportunities. A single application places the student in the applicant pool for consideration by all NASA mentors. The deadline for spring 2015 opportunity applications has been extended to Nov. 9, 2014.

2015 NASA Space Technology Research Fellowships
NASA is seeking applications from current and prospective graduate students for its Space Technology Research Fellowships. The fellowships will sponsor U.S. graduate student researchers who show significant potential to contribute to NASA's strategic goals and mission in the area of space technology. Fellows will perform innovative research while building the skills necessary to become future technological leaders. The deadline for submitting applications is Nov. 13, 2014.

Student Spaceflight Experiments Program -- Mission 8 to the International Space Station
The National Center for Earth and Space Science Education, in partnership with NanoRacks LLC, announces Mission 8 to the International Space Station. This opportunity gives students across a community the ability to design and propose real experiments to fly in low-Earth orbit on the space station. Mission 8 is open to school districts serving grades 5-12, informal education organizations and colleges. Interested communities must inquire about the program no later than Nov. 15, 2014.

Earth Science Challenges With OpenNEX Cloud Data
NASA is challenging the public to create innovative ways to use data from the agency's Earth science satellites. The challenges use the Open NASA Earth Exchange, a data, supercomputing and knowledge platform where users can share modeling and analysis codes, scientific results, knowledge and expertise to solve big data challenges in the Earth sciences. Prize monies of up to $60,000 will be rewarded in stages for creative innovations. Online video lectures and hands-on lab modules are available and challenges run through Nov. 15, 2014.

2014 Humans in Space Art Video Challenge
How will humans use space science and technology to benefit humanity? The Humans in Space Art Challenge invites college students and early career professionals to ponder this question and to express an answer creatively in a video less than three minutes long. Video artwork can be of any style, featuring original animation, sketches, music, live action drama, poetry, dance, Rube Goldberg machines, apps, etc. Younger students may also participate. Submissions must be received by Nov. 15, 2014.

Virginia Space Grant Consortium's STEM Takes Flight Program
The Virginia Space Grant Consortium announces a new program for community college students and educators in Virginia who are involved in fields relating to science, technology, engineering or mathematics, or STEM. The STEM Takes Flight program offers mentored scholarships, paid industry internships, NASA research experiences and new courses to foster STEM career awareness and workplace skills. And faculty will have access to professional development at NASA. Application deadlines are as early as Nov. 17, 2014.

CubeSat Mission Opportunity
NASA is seeking proposals for small satellite payloads to fly on rockets planned to launch or to be deployed from the International Space Station between 2015 and 2018. The CubeSat Launch Initiative gives students, teachers and faculty a chance to get hands-on flight hardware development experience in the process of designing, building and operating small research satellites. This opportunity is open to U.S. nonprofit organizations and accredited educational organizations. Proposals are due Nov. 25, 2014.

Free Lecture -- Rubble Trouble: How Space Junk Impacts Astronomy
The incredible information and images gathered using space telescopes have revolutionized what we know about the cosmos. Could space junk hinder future findings? On Dec. 6, 2014, research associate Lisa Rand will discuss this question and the impact space junk has on astronomy. The lecture begins at 5:15 p.m. EST at the Albert Einstein Planetarium at the National Air and Space Museum in the District of Columbia. Stay after the lecture to visit the observatory, weather permitting.

NASA Robotic Mining Competition 2015
Design it. Build it. Dig it. The Sixth Annual NASA Robotic Mining Competition will be held May 18-22, 2015, at NASA's Kennedy Space Center. NASA's Robotic Mining Competition is for university-level students, enrolled in a U.S. college or university. Teams are challenged to design and build a mining robot that can traverse simulated Martian chaotic terrain, excavate Martian regolith and deposit the regolith into a collector bin within 10 minutes. Registration is now open and limited to 50 teams.

NASA Research Opportunities in Aeronautics
NASA's Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate is seeking proposals from higher education institutions that are interested in conducting research related to a variety of topics in aeronautics fundamental research that are being pursued by NASA personnel. Awards will be made as grants, cooperative agreements or contracts, depending on the nature of the proposing organization and/or program requirements. Proposal due dates begin Feb. 28, 2014 and end Dec. 31, 2014.

2015 NASA and Worcester Polytechnic Institute Sample Return Robot Challenge
NASA and the Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, Massachusetts, are seeking teams to compete in a robot technology demonstration competition with a potential $1.5 million prize purse. Teams will compete to demonstrate a robot that can locate and retrieve geologic samples from a wide and varied terrain without human control. Registration is open until Jan. 6, 2015. The competition will take place June 8-13, 2015.

2015 RASC-AL Aerospace Concepts Design Competition
The 2015 Revolutionary Aerospace Systems Concepts-Academic Linkage, or RASC-AL, competition is a design project contest open to full-time undergraduate or graduate students majoring in engineering or science at an accredited college or university. RASC-AL challenges participants to design projects based on real NASA problems, responding to one of four themes. Concepts derived from the design projects could potentially be implemented by NASA. University teams must submit abstracts by Jan. 11, 2015.

Free Lecture -- Observing the Origin of the Universe From the South Pole
After three years of observing from the South Pole, scientists may have found confirmation that the universe underwent a burst of inflationary growth at the time of the Big Bang. On Jan. 24, 2015, cosmologist Colin Bischoff will discuss these findings as well as the excitement of astronomy from Antarctica. The lecture begins at 5:15 p.m. EST at the Albert Einstein Planetarium at the National Air and Space Museum in the District of Columbia. Stay after the lecture to visit the observatory, weather permitting.

2015 NOAA Undergraduate Scholarship
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is accepting applications for its 2015 Educational Partnership Program Undergraduate Scholarship Program. The program provides scholarships for two years of undergraduate study to rising junior undergraduate students attending Minority Serving Institutions. A stipend and housing allowance is provided. Applicants must be U.S. citizens and must earn and maintain a minimum 3.2 grade point average on a 4.0 scale. Applications are due Jan. 30, 2015.

Free Lecture -- Tracing the Structure of the Universe With Galaxy Surveys
Studies of galaxy formation and cosmology have exploded in recent years due to the immense data obtained from large galaxy surveys. On Feb. 21, 2015, postdoctoral fellow Cameron McBride will discuss how observational data and theory are combined to better understand fundamental questions in our universe. The lecture begins at 5:15 p.m. EST at the Albert Einstein Planetarium at the National Air and Space Museum in the District of Columbia. Stay after the lecture to visit the observatory, weather permitting.

Airport Cooperative Research Program -- University Design Competition for Addressing Airport Needs
The Airport Cooperative Research Program is accepting applications for its national competition that engages university students in addressing issues relating to airports and the National Airspace System. Managed by the Virginia Space Grant Consortium, the competition is open to teams or individuals from accredited U.S. colleges and universities who are working with a faculty advisor. Cash awards will be given to top individuals or teams in four technical design challenge areas. Submissions are due April 30, 2015.

Help NASA Find New Planetary Systems -- Become a Disk Detective!
Help NASA find new disks, homes of extrasolar planets, by classifying images from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer telescope and other observatories. In this citizen science project, you'll view animated images of disk candidates and classify them, distinguishing good candidates from galaxies, asteroids and image artifacts. This project, suitable for elementary students through expert adults, will yield targets for the James Webb Space Telescope and publications in professional scientific literature. The project is expected to run through 2018.

Citizen Science: Asteroid Mappers
NASA's Dawn Mission invites you to investigate and analyze high-resolution Dawn images of the giant asteroid Vesta, including craters and other features, from your own computer. The Dawn Mission's spacecraft has gathered intriguing data, including tens of thousands of images, more than the Dawn team has time to analyze in detail. That's where you come in. Register today to help the Dawn Science Team make sense of new elements on the surface of Vesta and learn more about this mysterious world.

Curiosity Explorer Badge on Foursquare
NASA and the mobile application Foursquare have teamed up to help the public unlock its scientific curiosity with a new rover-themed Curiosity Explorer badge. Users of the Foursquare social media platform can earn the badge by following NASA and checking in at a NASA visitor center or venue categorized as a science museum or planetarium. Foursquare users also can keep up with Curiosity as the rover checks in at key locations and posts photos and tips, all while exploring the Red Planet.
Page Last Updated: October 24th, 2014
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