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Sonja Alexander
Headquarters, Washington

Tracy Young
Kennedy Space Center, Fla.

March 28, 2008
NASA Awards Education Grant
WASHINGTON -- NASA has awarded a cooperative agreement education grant to Oklahoma State University, Stillwater. The grant supports implementation of the Interdisciplinary National Science Program Incorporating Research Experience, also known as INSPIRE, program at NASA.

The grant features a one-year basic period of performance with four one-year extension options. The estimated value of the agreement is $2.6 million with a potential value of $22 million if all options are exercised.

The program is designed to encourage students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, also known as STEM. As part of NASA's education strategy to attract and retain students in STEM disciplines, students selected for INSPIRE will be given the opportunity to participate in unique summer experiences at NASA facilities, provided access to a variety of online resources and invited to participate in special videoconferences with NASA officials.

Oklahoma State University will provide administrative services for student recruitment, online resources, project logistics and program evaluation. NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida will manage the program with work being performed at each of NASA's ten field centers.

For information on NASA's education programs, visit:


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