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Celebrating NASA's DEVELOP Program
08.02.12
 
NASA's DEVELOP ProgramImages from NASA's DEVELOP Program. Credit: NASA. The NASA Applied Sciences’ DEVELOP National Program addresses environmental management and public policy issues through interdisciplinary research projects that apply NASA Earth observations to community concerns around the globe. DEVELOP bridges the gap between NASA Earth Science and society, building capacity in both its interns and partner organizations, to better prepare them to handle challenges that face our society and future generations.

DEVELOP cultivates a diverse research environment for interns to conduct applied science research projects under the guidance of NASA and partner organization science advisors. The program is unique in that interns lead research projects that utilize NASA Earth observations to address community concerns and public policy issues. A focus on both professional and personal development is central to each of DEVELOP’s ten week terms, which take place during the spring, summer, and fall. Currently, DEVELOP has 12 office locations in North America - six at NASA Centers and six at regional locations - and will be adding a thirteenth location this fall.

During the recent 2012 summer term, DEVELOP celebrated its 15th summer with the largest number of applicants, participants, and projects conducted. The program sponsored 178 interns across North America, who conducted 31 research projects in partnership with over 77 organizations. These projects demonstrated how NASA Earth observation capabilities, relative to environmental issues and concerns, can be used for enhanced policy and decision making. DEVELOP participants gain experience in utilizing NASA’s Earth Science satellite and airborne resources, remote sensing, and geographic information systems (GIS), as well as interdisciplinary teamwork and communicating science results.

With the competitive nature and growing societal role of science and technology in today’s global workplace, DEVELOP is fostering an adept corps of tomorrow’s scientists and leaders.

For more information about DEVELOP, please visit: http://develop.larc.nasa.gov.