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Frequently Asked Questions

> Understanding MUREP

     > What is MUREP?
     > What projects does MUREP include?
     > How is MUREP organized?
     > How is NASA Education structured?
     > What are the federal mandates that influence MUREP?
     > What is a minority serving institution?
     > What does underserved or underrepresented mean in relation to MUREP?
 

> Student Questions

     > What types of programs does MUREP have for students?
     > Can I participate in MUREP at any NASA center?
     > How do I contact someone about MUREP near where I live or go to school?
     > Can I participate in MUREP projects if I do not attend a minority institution?
 

> Faculty Questions

     > What types of programs does MUREP have for faculty?
     > Can I participate in MUREP at any NASA center?
     > How do I initiate contact with NASA scientists or engineers to partner with a NASA center on
        education initiatives?

     > What type of funding is available to universities through MUREP?
     > What type of research is being conducted by institutions that participate with MUREP?
 

> Getting Involved With MUREP

     > What type of funding is available to universities through MUREP?
     > How can my university work more closely with NASA?
 

> Additional Resources

     > How can I become a reviewer for NASA proposals?
     > How can I find out about NASA jobs?
     > I am an international student or faculty member. What types of MUREP opportunities
       are available for foreign nationals?

     > How do I find out about NASA research opportunities?

 



Understanding MUREP

 
 
What is MUREP?

NASA Minority University Research and Education Programs are administered through NASA's Office of Education. MUREP enhances the capabilities of Historically Black Colleges and Universities, or HBCUs; Hispanic Serving Institutions, or HSIs; Tribal Colleges and Universities, or TCUs; and Other Minority Universities, or OMUs, to contribute to the research needs of science and technology enterprises. The MUREP staff at NASA are responsible for developing agencywide policies, procedures and guidelines that enhance the involvement of all minority serving education institutions in the mission of the agency.

Projects supported by MUREP ensure access to NASA careers in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, disciplines and are designed to address the national challenges of attracting and retaining underrepresented, underserved, and minority students and faculty in STEM courses of study. The MUREP suite of projects provides opportunities for students at the undergraduate and graduate levels with NASA-related research and mission-specific technology development. MUREP also provides opportunities for these institutions to collaborate with teacher preparation programs that improve the quality and diversity of STEM teachers.


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 What projects does MUREP include?

The MUREP suite of projects provides opportunities for students at the undergraduate and graduate levels with NASA-related research and mission-specific technology development. MUREP also offers opportunities for NASA-related faculty research and curriculum improvement initiatives. See below for representative MUREP activities:



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How is MUREP organized?

MUREP has three main types of initiatives:



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How is NASA Education structured?

>  View NASA Education Organization Chart

 

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What are the federal mandates that influence MUREP?

NASA is committed to fulfilling and implementing the following three federal mandates regarding promoting equal opportunity for participation in federally sponsored programs:

  • Executive Order 13256: HBCU (Dated Feb. 12, 2002)
  • Executive Order 13230: Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans (Dated Oct. 12, 2001)
  • Executive Order 13270: Tribal Colleges and Universities (Dated July 3, 2002)

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What is a minority serving institution?

    

Historically Black College or University -- Accredited institutions of higher learning established prior to 1964 whose education mission is to provide education to Black Americans.

Hispanic Serving Institution -- Accredited institutions who at the time of application had an enrollment of undergraduate full-time equivalent Hispanic students of at least 25 percent. Must provide assurance that at least 50 percent of the Hispanic students are low income.

Tribal College or University -- An institution of higher education which is formally controlled by the governing body of an Indian tribe.

Other Minority Serving Institution -- Institutions with enrollment of a single underrepresented minority group or groups that exceed 50 percent of the student enrollment.

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What does underserved or underrepresented mean in relation to MUREP?

The terms "underserved" and "underrepresented" are often interchanged, particularly as they are related to the sciences and engineering disciplines. Specifically, these terms provide access and opportunity to persons of diverse racial, ethnic, gender, religious, age, sexual orientation, disabled, etc., populations with limited access to decent and affordable housing, gainful employment and other services. In the STEM arena, "underserved" has typically referred to women and persons with disabilities.

The term "underrepresented in science and engineering" means a minority group whose number of scientists and engineers per 10,000 population of that group is substantially below the comparable figure for scientists and engineers who are White (not of Hispanic origin).

The term "minority" means American Indian, Alaskan Native, Black (not of Hispanic origin), Hispanic (including persons of Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuban, and Central or South American origin), Pacific Islander or other ethnic groups who are underrepresented in science and engineering.

The broader term "underrepresented" as opposed to "underrepresented minority" in the STEM arena refers to not only race and ethnicity, but the population at large. This term may encompass Black or African Americans, American Indians or Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians or other Pacific Islanders and Hispanics or Latinos.



Source: Higher Education Opportunity Act (Public Law 110-315) (HEOA) was enacted on August 14, 2008. This law reauthorizes and extends the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended.
http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/edlite-minorityinstlist.html  →


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Student Questions

 
What types of programs does MUREP have for students?

MUREP has programs for undergraduate students and graduate students.

Undergraduate: ACCESS, MUST, TCU-Native American Internships
Graduate: ACCESS, JPFP, TCU-Native American Internships

Additionally, consider other NASA student programs. Visit these websites for details:
 


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Can I participate in MUREP at any NASA center?

Yes. MUREP is implemented nationwide. See the map for MUREP contacts closest to you.


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How do I contact someone about MUREP near where I live or go to school?

See the map for MUREP contacts closest to you.


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Can I participate in MUREP projects if I do not attend a minority institution?

Yes. However, you must meet eligibility requirements to apply to MUREP. Though competitive grants are awarded to minority serving institutions, underserved and underrepresented students throughout the country participate in MUREP. MUREP has three main types of initiatives. Select the links below to learn more about MUREP projects and specific requirements:

 


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Faculty Questions

 
What types of programs does MUREP have for faculty?
 

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Can I participate in MUREP at any NASA center?

Yes. MUREP is implemented nationwide. See the map for MUREP contacts closest to you.


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How do I initiate contact with NASA scientists or engineers to partner with a NASA center on education initiatives?

Contact a MUREP representative to facilitate your communication with a particular NASA center. See the map for MUREP contacts closest to you.


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What type of funding is available to universities through MUREP?

View the link for announcements of the latest MUREP competitive grant opportunities. Also, there are various NASA competitive research programs to consider and pursue. Interested parties may learn of research opportunities with NASA in several ways. These include searching the following:




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What type of research is being conducted by institutions that participate with MUREP?

View the abstracts of NASA University Research Centers to see samples of the types of research support provided through MUREP. URCs are multidisciplinary research units established at minority institutions to focus on a specific area of NASA interest.

> View 2009 Press Release
> NASA Group 5 University Research Centers (FY 2009)
> View 2008 Press Release
> NASA Group 4 University Research Centers (FY 2008)

Please note that although the URC is a NASA MUREP project, interested universities should pursue additional NASA Competitive Research Opportunities. Interested parties may use various mechanisms to learn of research opportunities with NASA. These include searching the following:

 


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Getting Involved With MUREP

 
What type of funding is available to universities through MUREP?

View the MUREP website periodically for announcements of the latest MUREP competitive grant opportunities. Also, there are various NASA competitive research programs to consider and pursue. There are several mechanisms by which interested parties can learn of research opportunities with NASA. These include searching the following:




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How can my university work more closely with NASA?

Seek ways to participate in NASA Education Programs and visit the MUREP website periodically to keep abreast of opportunities. Start now, by signing up for Express Email and begin receiving announcements about NASA's education programs, activities and events.


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Additional Resources

 
How can I become a reviewer for NASA proposals?

Register through NSPIRES at http://nspires.nasaprs.com/external  →, and sign up to become a reviewer for NASA proposals.


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How can I find out about NASA jobs?

USAJOBS  → is the official website for job information with the federal government. NASA fully uses the USAJOBS website in posting and filling NASA employment vacancies. If you have not already done so, you may wish to begin exploring available NASA jobs and initiate the application process using the following steps:



  1. Set up a USAJOBS account at usajobs.com  →, if needed, and create as many as five USAJOBS resumes.
  2. Go to USAJOBS and search for NASA vacancies.
  3. Once you've found a job for which you wish to apply, click the "Apply Online" button and select the USAJOBS resume you want to use.
  4. You will then be asked to complete the NASA supplemental information. The required information is very brief and should only take you a few minutes to complete.

You must complete this information to receive consideration. A successful submission of the resume will result in a notice in USAJOBS indicating "Resume Received-Complete." For questions regarding a specific vacancy, please call the point of contact listed in the announcement.

 

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I am an international student or faculty member. What types of MUREP opportunities are available for foreign nationals?

The majority of NASA's education programs require U.S. citizenship or enrollment in a U.S. college or university. An exception to this requirement is the NASA Postdoctoral Program  →. The NPP offers unique research opportunities to highly talented national and international individuals to engage in ongoing NASA research programs at NASA Headquarters, a NASA center or a NASA-affiliated research institute. International students who are interested in NASA's work should also check with some of the contractors that work alongside NASA employees at each of its centers. The contractor work force is vital to NASA's mission, and some of these businesses do not have citizenship requirements. For more information about employment opportunities or student internships with NASA contractors, please visit: http://www.nasajobs.nasa.gov/jobs/contractors.htm  →.


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How do I find out about NASA research opportunities?

Interested parties may learn of research opportunities with NASA in several ways. These include searching:



 
Page Last Updated: November 19th, 2013
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