HAMPTON, Va. - Langley Research Center is once again opening its gates to select college students for a chance at hands-on research and face-to-face interaction with NASA scientists and engineers.
In its 26th year, the Langley Aerospace Research Summer Scholars (LARSS) Program is a 10-week program intended to encourage high-caliber college students to pursue and earn graduate degrees and to enhance their interest in aerospace research. The LARSS program selects approximately 125 undergraduate and graduate students annually to spend their summer at Langley working and learning using professional research resources and facilities.
These students, pursuing degrees in engineering, science, mathematics and other aerospace-related disciplines as well as majors that lend support to NASA's mission such as business and public administration, management, journalism and accounting, work directly with an assigned mentor on special research projects.
Along with work in their discipline, the LARSS program also offers weekly lectures from NASA researchers to give the students the opportunity to learn about careers within NASA. Students receive up-close-and-personal tours of Langley wind tunnels, laboratories and historic facilities.
"The intern program at NASA Langley is a wonderful opportunity for students that also benefits mentors," said Mary Gainer, a NASA researcher and LARSS mentor. "We are able to provide motivated students the opportunity to learn more than what is typically covered in the classroom."
To apply, students must meet the following eligibility requirements: be a U.S. citizen; a rising junior, senior or graduate student with enrollment at a U.S. college or university; and have at least a 3.0 grade point average on a 4.0 scale. All students meeting these requirements are strongly encouraged to apply. The application deadline is Feb. 1, 2007.
Inquiries can be directed to Debbie Murray, LARSS program coordinator, at 757-864-5215 or by email at email@example.com or to Sarah Pauls, LARSS program assistant, at 757-864-4394 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The LARSS Program is managed for NASA by the Virginia Space Grant Consortium (VSGC) under the auspices of the National Institute of Aerospace (NIA).
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