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Student Opportunities at NASA Langley

Student Opportunities at NASA Langley

Elementary and Middle School Programs

Virginia Air and Space Center
The VASC, a NASA Langley education partner, has created an array of educational programming for grades pre-K through 12 designed to meet the Virginia Standards of Learning guidelines and stimulate your students' interests in the fields of air, space, science and technology. VASC's informal science education approach promotes "learning through doing," which allows students to explore the basics of scientific principles in a fun and engaging environment outside of the classroom. Offerings range from one-hour programs on basic science principles to the monthly Cosmic Kids Club to overnight and summer science camps.
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High School Programs

Interdisciplinary National Science Project Incorporating Research and Education (INSPIRE)
The Interdisciplinary National Science Project Incorporating Research and Education Experience, or INSPIRE, is a multitier year-round program designed for students in ninth to 12th grade who are interested in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education and careers.

The centerpiece of INSPIRE is the Online Learning Community, or OLC. The OLC provides a place for INSPIRE students to interact with their peers, NASA experts and education specialists. Through grade-level-appropriate educational activities, chats and discussion boards, students and their families are exposed to the many careers and opportunities NASA has to offer. In addition, the OLC provides the parents/guardians of participating students with resources designed to help them champion their child’s education and career goals.
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Virginia Aerospace Science and Technology Scholars (VASTS)
The Virginia Aerospace Science and Technology Scholars (VASTS) program is an interactive on-line science, technology, engineering and mathematics learning experience, highlighted by a six-day residential summer academy at NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia. Students selected to participate in the program are immersed in NASA-related research through interaction with scientists, engineers and technologists. The program is a partnership between the Virginia Space Grant Consortium and NASA Langley Research Center with assistance from the Virginia Department of Education.
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For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST)
FIRST supports the FIRST Robotics Competition, FIRST LEGO League, and FIRST Tech Challenge by providing grants and scholarships to high school teams as well as sponsoring FIRST regional competitions to solve engineering problems.
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NASA Volunteer Leadership Program
The NASA Volunteer Leadership Program is a two-week opportunity for students age 16+ to interact with scientists and engineers, design an exploration camp and teach other students at summer camps.
For more information, call 757-864-6300.

Governor's School Mentorships in Engineering
This program offers high school students an engineering experience through actual applications of science, technology, engineering and mathematics concepts.
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Undergraduate Programs

Achieving Competence in Computing, Engineering and Space Science (ACCESS)
The Achieving Competence in Computing, Engineering and Space Science project, or ACCESS, provides summer internships to highly qualified students with disabilities. The project is conducted through a partnership with the American Association for the Advancement of Science, or AAAS. Students work for 10 weeks during the summer with a NASA mentor in either a lab or office environment. Summer jobs are related to the participant's interests and abilities.
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DEVELOP
DEVELOP is a NASA Science Mission Directorate Applied Sciences Training and Development Program. Students work on earth science research projects, mentored by science advisors from NASA and partner agencies and extend research results to local communities. The projects demonstrate to community leaders how NASA science measurements and predictions can be utilized to address local policy issues. There are three DEVELOP terms each year in the spring, summer, and fall. Please check the DEVELOP web site often for update deadlines and term dates.
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Langley Aerospace Research Student Scholars (LARSS)
Are you seeking an opportunity to work alongside NASA's finest researchers? The LARSS program may be your ticket to doing just that. LARSS is a Center-unique paid internship program managed for NASA by the Virginia Space Grant Consortium (VSGC) under a sub-award from the National Institute of Aerospace (NIA).

NASA Langley Research Center (LaRC) invites rising undergraduate juniors and seniors, and graduate students (master's or doctoral level) who are pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering (aeronautical, chemical, computer, electrical, environmental, mechanical, systems), mathematics, and other majors that lend support to NASA's mission in special project areas such as but not limited to accounting, business, public administration, journalism, education, entrepreneurship, law, marketing, photography, art, and history to apply for the LARSS program.

Spring, summer, and fall internships are available. The fall and spring sessions are 15 weeks. The summer session is 10 weeks.

Other LARSS eligibility requirements are U.S. citizenship, cumulative 3.0 GPA and full-time student status at an accredited U.S. college or university.

Note: There are "Bridge Program" opportunities for rising high-school seniors, college freshmen and sophomores who have previous NASA program experience and a 3.5 GPA. LARSS is a highly competitive program. Students must apply on-line at the LARSS web site.
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For additional inquiries, contact:
LARSS Program Coordinator, Debbie Murray, (757) 864-5215, deborah.b.murray@nasa.gov
LARSS Program Assistant, Sarah Pauls, (757) 864-4394, sarah.e.pauls@nasa.gov
University Affairs Officer, Dr. Thom Pinelli, (757) 864-2491, thomas.e.pinelli@nasa.gov
NIA Director for Education Outreach and Development, Shelley Spears, (757) 325-6732, shelley.spears@nianet.org

Motivating Undergraduates in Science and Technology Project (MUST)
The Motivating Undergraduates in Science and Technology Project, or MUST, funded by the NASA, is a joint partnership between the Hispanic College Fund, the United Negro College Fund Special Programs and the Society for Hispanic Professional Engineers. MUST awards scholarships and internships to undergraduates pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, fields. The MUST Project is open to all students and is particularly focused on engaging students from underserved and underrepresented groups to enter STEM fields.
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NASA Undergraduate Student Research Program (USRP)
NASA's USRP offers undergraduates across the United States mentored internship experiences at NASA Centers and research support facilities. The USRP is NASA's largest nationwide internship program. USRP internship opportunities give students the ultimate workforce preparatory experience for careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). These immersive NASA opportunities combine scientific research with professional hands-on engineering. Students work on practical problems that will see real applications in aerospace or on future NASA missions.
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NASA Langley Research Center Cooperative Education Program (Co-op)
The NASA Langley Research Center (LaRC) cooperative (Co-op) education program combines classroom work and increasingly difficult work assignments. The co-op program offers students the opportunity to learn through experience and participate in a process that yields an entirely different kind of education. Cooperative Education is a unique opportunity for students to apply their academic preparation to "real world" situations. Co-op program combines classroom study with periods of paid professional employment directly related to a student's major and career goals. LaRC can offer valuable experience to a student, and gain significant work contributions in the process.
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Graduate Programs

NASA Graduate Student Researchers Program
The GSRP is an agency-wide 12-month fellowship program for graduate study leading to masters or doctoral degrees in the fields of science, mathematics, engineering and education. The GSRP award must be related to NASA research and development. The GSRP award is a one- to three-year fellowship. Awards are renewable for one year for a masters degree and two years for a doctoral degree, based upon satisfactory academic advancement, research progress and available funding. The GSRP is a highly competitive program. Students must apply on-line at the GSRP web site.
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For additional inquiries, contact:
GSRP Program Manager, Eileen S. Nelson, (757) 864-8015, eileen.s.nelson@nasa.gov
University Affairs Officer, Dr. Thom Pinelli, (757) 864-2491, thomas.e.pinelli@nasa.gov

NASA Postdoctoral Program (NPP)
The NPP offers unique research opportunities to highly talented national and international individuals to engage in ongoing NASA research projects at a NASA Center, NASA Headquarters, or at a NASA-affiliated research institute. These one-to-three-year Fellowship appointments are competitive and are designed to advance NASA's missions in space science, earth science, aeronautics, space operations, exploration systems, and astrobiology. Applications are received during three cycles throughout the year, which are March, July, and November. Interested individuals must apply on-line at the NPP web site.
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For additional inquiries, contact:
NPP Program Manager, Eileen S. Nelson, (757) 864-8015, eileen.s.nelson@nasa.gov
University Affairs Officer, Dr. Thom Pinelli, (757) 864-2491, thomas.e.pinelli@nasa.gov

Langley Aerospace Research Student Scholars (LARSS)
Are you seeking an opportunity to work alongside NASA's finest researchers? The LARSS program may be your ticket to doing just that. LARSS is a Center-unique paid internship program managed for NASA by the Virginia Space Grant Consortium (VSGC) under a sub-award from the National Institute of Aerospace (NIA).

NASA Langley Research Center (LaRC) invites rising undergraduate juniors and seniors, and graduate students (master's or doctoral level) who are pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering (aeronautical, chemical, computer, electrical, environmental, mechanical, systems), mathematics, and other majors that lend support to NASA's mission in special project areas such as but not limited to accounting, business, public administration, journalism, education, entrepreneurship, law, marketing, photography, art, and history to apply for the LARSS program.

Spring, summer, and fall internships are available. The fall and spring sessions are 15 weeks. The summer session is 10 weeks.

Other LARSS eligibility requirements are U.S. citizenship, cumulative 3.0 GPA and full-time student status at an accredited U.S. college or university.

Note: There are "Bridge Program" opportunities for rising high-school seniors, college freshmen and sophomores who have previous NASA program experience and a 3.5 GPA. LARSS is a highly competitive program. Students must apply on-line at the LARSS web site.
› Learn More

For additional inquiries, contact:
LARSS Program Coordinator, Debbie Murray, (757) 864-5215, deborah.b.murray@nasa.gov
LARSS Program Assistant, Sarah Pauls, (757) 864-4394, sarah.e.pauls@nasa.gov
University Affairs Officer, Dr. Thom Pinelli, (757) 864-2491, thomas.e.pinelli@nasa.gov
NIA Director for Education Outreach and Development, Shelley Spears, (757) 325-6732, shelley.spears@nianet.org

 

Page Last Updated: September 30th, 2013
Page Editor: Bob Allen