Higher Education focuses on supporting institutions at this education level
by strengthening their research capabilities as well as providing opportunities
that attract and prepare increasing numbers of students for NASA-related
careers. The research conducted by these institutions will contribute to
the research needs of NASA’s Mission Directorates.
Meeting Future Workforce Needs
The Office of Education is strengthening involvement with
institutions of higher education to ensure that NASA can meet
future workforce needs in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, fields. Participation in
NASA programs and research stimulates students to continue
their studies at all levels of the higher education continuum and
earn advanced degrees in these critical fields.
Through a portfolio of project types, the NASA Higher Education
activities seek to increase the overall capacity at all levels of
universities and colleges to better address STEM disciplines
related to NASA.
Higher Education Strategy
Specifically, projects are in place to:
-- Build connections, through partnerships and consortium
awards, that provide institutions of higher education and other
educational entities better bridges for students;
-- Provide fellowship and scholarship opportunities to attract
“the best and the brightest” students to NASA disciplines;
-- Catalyze institutional development to improve the ability
of colleges and universities to compete for NASA research
-- Increase the candidate pool of qualified faculty who can
compete for NASA research awards; and
-- Facilitate improved coordination between NASA-sponsored
university research activities and teacher preparation
projects to expose teachers-in-training to NASA research
and discoveries, thus furthering their understanding of STEM
Visit the Education Programs
section to find opportunities for Higher Education students and faculty.