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Minority University Research and Education Programs Small Projects
March 26, 2014

[Faculty Higher Education]
[Available: Nationally]

The Minority University Research and Education Programs Small Projects mission is to fund innovative science, technology, engineering and mathematics projects that address higher education portfolio gaps within NASA's MUREP priorities. This effort will seek innovative approaches to using NASA-themed content to support higher education teaching and learning. Funded projects leverage NASA's unique contributions in STEM to enhance students' academic experiences and to improve educators' abilities to engage and stimulate their students. New projects funded through MUREP Small Projects provide unique implementation or innovative solutions not duplicated in existing NASA education projects. The target students will be enrolled at an accredited college or university, with a declared major in STEM, or they may be pre-service teachers. MUREP Small Projects contribute to targeted NASA Education Strategic Framework outcomes and objectives and include an evaluation component.

How to Apply
All new MSP-funded projects are selected competitively. Awarded projects are provided one-year funding with options to renew for two more years based on project performance and funds availability.
 


Current MSP Projects
NASA Minority Innovation Challenges Institute
Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University
MICI serves to train and mentor minority undergraduate students through a year-round virtual conference platform where minority undergraduate students learn how to compete in NASA technical challenges for both prestige and significant cash prizes. These competitions provide cash prizes ranging from $5,000 to $2 million. Participation is open to any undergraduate student located within the United States who is currently majoring in a field of study relating to science, technology, engineering and mathematics. In addition, university faculty members are welcome to attend these sessions so they can take this information back to their classrooms.

Once participants are registered with MICI, they have access to attend any educational session within the program with no fee or cost. There is no requirement to sign up for specific offerings. The initial registration provides a year-round all-access pass to all MICI content. All presentations are conducted live, and participants will have the opportunity to interact with the presenter and ask questions. At the conclusion of each presentation, a video recording of the proceeding will be archived and available for all registrants on a 24/7 on-demand basis. A calendar of upcoming MICI presentations can be viewed by visiting the Schedule page on the MICI site. MICI plans to profile a different technical challenge each month and follow up with presentations from two to four different subject matter experts during the remainder of the month.

To learn how to register in MICI, visit http://www.NASAMICI.com  →.

Laser Scanning for Digital Manufacturing
Navajo Technical College
NTC will continue building on previous NASA MSP seed funding to incorporate laser scanning and rapid prototyping technology skills into courses at the college. These are critical skills needed at NASA that also bring work directly into the Navajo community. These courses will help develop a proposed four-year degree in technology with a concentration in digital manufacturing.

Engaging MSI STEM Students Through Space-Based Capstone Design
Universidad del Turabo, Universidad Interamericana, and Universidad Politécnica
Three Hispanic-Serving Institutions in Puerto Rico will collaborate with Michigan Technological University to develop Systems Engineering-based multidisciplinary capstone design courses in a minimum of twelve engineering programs, incorporating NASA-sponsored research and projects. This project leverages expertise from an existing NASA Exploration Systems Mission Directorate-funded senior design course developed by Michigan Technological University. The project addresses a key NASA need for engineering graduates with design knowledge and experience using a systems engineering approach.

Promoting Access, Retention, and Interest in Astronomy
New Mexico State University
NMSU will develop a set of critical resources incorporating NASA content for use in traditional and distance learning for an introductory astronomy course. The course will allow students to satisfy the statewide mandatory laboratory-based science requirement at their own pace, which is a key need for traditionally underrepresented students in New Mexico. The course will be disseminated to other Tribal Colleges or Universities. This work fully develops a prototype from a previous NASA education grant.

Integrating NASA Science, Technology, and Research in Undergraduate Curriculum and Training, or INSTRUCT
North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University
NCA&TSU will integrate NASA science, technology and research content into the undergraduate curriculum, significantly enhancing and stimulating undergraduate learning in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics by using relevant NASA content and sponsored research in ten courses. This project builds on previous funding from a NASA education grant.


NASA Contact
Theresa Martinez
MUREP Small Projects Manager
NASA EX-E
Kennedy Space Center, FL 32899
Phone: 321-867-0590
E-mail: Theresa.C.Martinez@nasa.gov

Additional Contact Information
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