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Sonja Alexander/Staci Johnson
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May 1, 2006
RELEASE : 06-206
NASA Requests Proposals for Education Cooperative Agreement
NASA's Office of Education Minority University Research and Education Program is requesting proposals for an agency cooperative agreement notice, Motivating Undergraduates in Science and Technology (MUST) project.

NASA invites proposals from minority serving institutions, which include historically black colleges and universities, Hispanic serving institutions, tribal colleges and universities and non-profit organizations that serve underrepresented students. Partnerships among these organizations are encouraged to apply.

The MUST project is focused on engaging students from underserved and underrepresented groups to enter science and technology academic programs and later the science, technology, engineering and mathematics workforce. The MUST project encourages universities to recruit undergraduate students with aptitude and interest in science and technology fields that sustain NASA's projected workforce requirements.

NASA continues its commitment to attracting eligible students into agency career fields with a special emphasis on outreach to those underrepresented and underserved groups.

The MUST project will support students majoring in fields related to NASA's science and technology interests during the crucial early years of undergraduate studies.

"We are preparing the pathway for the next generation of explorers and innovators with great anticipation. These individuals must fully represent our Nation's vibrant and rich diversity. NASA's Office of Education is committed to providing opportunities for all students to explore and develop their full learning potential," said NASA's (Acting) Assistant Administrator for Education Angela Phillips Diaz.

The MUST project will offer one-year competitive scholarships to freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and transfer students to provide up to half of tuition and fees, not to exceed $10,000 per academic year. It also provides a stipend to participate in an internship. The project will assist participants in establishing mentoring relationships and provide tutoring to help support the student's academic program.

NASA expects to award one cooperative agreement under this notice. The maximum annual value of this award to an individual minority serving institution or nonprofit organization is $1.75 million, with a total possible performance period of three years.

To directly access this solicitation, visit:

For information about NASA's education programs, visit:


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