Project Description

Langley Aerospace Research Summer Scholars Project
 
[Educators Grades Pre-K-Higher Education & Students Higher Education]
[Available: Nationally]

Langley Aerospace Research Summer Scholars Project, or LARSS, was designed for the benefit of rising undergraduate juniors and seniors, and for first-year graduate students. The students must be pursuing degrees in aeronautical engineering, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, materials science, computer science, atmospheric science, astrophysics, physics, chemistry or selected aerospace-related disciplines of interest to NASA Langley Research Center. Students with other majors that support NASA, such as business administration and public administration, are also eligible.

This Center-unique project is intended to encourage high-caliber college students to both pursue and earn graduate degrees and to enhance their interest in aerospace research by exposing them to the professional research resources and facilities of LaRC. Two primary elements of LARSS are: (1) a research project completed by each participant under the supervision of a researcher who assumes the role of mentor for the summer and (2) technical lectures by prominent engineers and scientists. Additional elements of the project include tours of LaRC wind tunnels, computational facilities and laboratories.

Approximately 125 students are selected each year and sponsored for a 10-week period of research under the supervision of a NASA technical mentor. Participants are awarded a scholarship of $4,500 for their summer research experience. This amount is increased to $5,000 for graduate students. LARSS has added a "Bridge Program" that allows outstanding high school seniors and first- and second-year college students with a GPA of 3.5 or above to be accepted as interns, at a lower rate of pay, provided that they have previous NASA experience, such as participation in the NASA Summer High School Apprenticeship Research Project or other NASA-sponsored projects.

NASA Contacts
Debbie Murray
LARSS Program Coordinator
NASA Langley
Research Center
Office of Education
Mail Stop 400-LARSS
Hampton, VA 23681-2199
Phone: 757-864-5215
Facsimile: 757-864-9701
E-mail: Deborah.B.Murray@nasa.gov

Sarah Pauls
LARSS Program Assistant
NASA Langley
Research Center
Office of Education
Mail Stop 400-LARSS
Hampton, VA 23681-2199
Phone: 757-864-4394
Facsimile: 757-864-9701
E-mail: Sarah.E.Pauls@NASA.gov

Additional Contact Information
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NASA Student Opportunities Podcast
Listen to archived interviews with students who participated in the Langley Aerospace Research Summer Scholars Project. (Note: Content was accurate at the time of publication.)
>  Liz Muller