Minority University Research and Education Programs

Contact Information

Ms. Jennifer Simmons
Minority University Programs
Academic Affairs Office
Marshall Space Flight Center
Mail Stop HS30
Huntsville, AL 35812
Phone: 256-961-1525
Fax: 256-544-8549
E-mail: Jennifer.Simmons@nasa.gov

Dr. Frank Six
University Affairs Officer
Academic Affairs Office
Marshall Space Flight Center
Mail Stop HS30
Huntsville, AL 35812
Phone: 256-961-0678
Fax: 256-544-8549
Email: Frank.Six@nasa.gov

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Minority University Research and Education Programs

Minority University Research and Education Programs

The NASA Office of Education provides funding for Minority University Research and Education Programs, or MUREP, to increase the participation of minority-serving institutions in NASA research and development and to increase the number of minority students pursuing higher education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. A variety of projects exists for students and faculty.

For more information on NASA's Minority University Research and Education Programs visit the website.
› Minority University Research and Education Program
› Competitive Grants
› Fellowships
› Internships
› Scholarships

Competitive Grants

Competitive grants to minority-serving institutions include University Research Center development grants and Curriculum Improvement Partnership Awards, or CIPA, for research integration.
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Harriet G. Jenkins Pre-doctoral Fellowship Project 
JPFP provides competitive fellowships for up to three years to underserved graduate students in science, technology, engineering and education. The JPFP also provides summer internships at NASA Centers. Twenty fellows are selected annually.
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NASA Science and Technology Institute for Minority Institutions 
NSTI-MI was established in June 2006 and provides the opportunity for students and researchers from minority-serving institutions to collaborate with government, the private sector, other majority institutions, and research and technical organizations through the establishment of research and development collaborations and partnerships. NSTI-MI combines the talent and expertise of all minority institutions through research-based fellowships, internships, co-ops and grants.
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Pre-Service Teacher Institute
The NASA Marshall Space Flight Center/Oakwood University Pre-Service Teacher Institute is a one-week residential institute for college students who are preparing to teach in an elementary or middle school.The program is designed to increase students' skills in teaching mathematics and science while incorporating technology in the curriculum.
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Tribal Colleges and Summer Research Experience is designed for Tribal College students and faculty. Grants to Tribal Colleges include summer internships at all NASA centers.
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Motivating Undergraduates in Science and Technology
The Motivating Undergraduates in Science and Technology Project, managed by NASA, supports the academic and professional development of undergraduates -- through scholarships, mentorships and internships -- from backgrounds not typically represented in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, career fields. The MUST scholarship is open to all underrepresented groups, including ethnic minorities, women, and people with disabilities. The Hispanic College Fund administers MUST on behalf of NASA.

The NASA MUST Project supports the best and the brightest students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines during the early years of their college education while enriching their learning with the MUST Professional Academic Support System, or MUST PASS, an academic enrichment, mentoring and career development system. Scholars participate in exciting research opportunities at NASA centers that will help broaden their career horizons. Students from underrepresented groups in STEM are encouraged to apply.

The project components are the following:

MUST is a competitive scholarship opportunity for undergraduate students specifically targeting rising sophomores and juniors from underrepresented and underserved groups in STEM disciplines. MUST scholarship recipients are awarded half of tuition costs (not exceeding $10,000). MUST Scholars who maintain the required minimum 3.0 GPA may renew through their senior year. Eligible Scholars are required to participate in paid internships at NASA centers each summer. The internships provide $6,000 to participate, including a $1,000 advance for transportation and summer relocation. Other MUST Scholar benefits include academic enrichment opportunities such as access to tutoring, leadership development workshops, a formal mentoring system, and invitations to STEM lectures and other related programs. In total, undergraduates could receive up to $15,000. MUST addresses the critical workforce shortage in STEM fields that the nation is facing by providing assistance and support to students during the early years of their collegiate experience. Student eligibility criteria for MUST scholarships:

-- U.S. citizen
-- Rising sophomore or junior
-- Minimum 3.0 grade point average on a 4.0 scale
-- Must be enrolled full-time at an accredited university in the U.S. or U.S. Territory
-- Accepted into STEM major when eligible or show evidence of reasonable progress in a STEM program
-- Candidate's statement of career interest in STEM field
-- Letter of recommendation from STEM faculty

For more information and how to apply, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/offices/education/programs/national/must/home/index.html

Page Last Updated: August 4th, 2014
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