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Space Biosciences Education Programs

Space Life Sciences Training Program

The Space Life Sciences Training Program is a summer internship that provides undergraduate students entering their junior or senior years with professional experience in space life science disciplines. This competitive, 10-week program is held at NASA’s Ames Research Center campus in Silicon Valley.

GeneLab for High Schools: Growing the Next Generation of Scientists

The GeneLab for High Schools (GL4HS) is a four-week intensive training program for rising high school juniors and seniors held online (virtually) for the past several years. It provides students an opportunity to immerse themselves in space life sciences with a specific focus on omics-based bioinformatics research, the science of collecting and analyzing complex biological data such as genetic codes, and computational biology.

The NASA Postdoctoral Program

The NASA Postdoctoral Program supports NASA’s goal to expand scientific understanding of the Earth and the universe in which we live. Selected by a competitive peer-review process, NASA Postdoctoral Program Fellows complete one- to three-year Fellowship appointments that advance NASA’s missions in many fields of research, including space biosciences.

The Translational Research Institute for Space Health (TRISH)

NASA’s Human Research Program (HRP) partners with external entities in researching and developing innovative approaches to reduce risks to humans on long-duration exploration missions, including NASA’s Journey to Mars. One of these partnerships is the The Translational Research Institute for Space Health (TRISH), a cooperative agreement with a consortium led by Baylor College of Medicine and includes the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena and Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge.

Space Life Sciences Education website

NASA’s Space Life Sciences education website serves as a central location for education content, resources, opportunities and updates on space life sciences. The content focuses on but is not limited to the subjects of plants and animals in space, the recycling of matter and consumption of nutrients to support life in space, and the development of environments in space as habitats and ecosystems, as well as the likelihood of finding and/or sustaining life beyond Earth.

NASA Stem Engagement website

The NASA Internship Website is a NASA-wide system for the recruitment, application, selection and career development of high school, undergraduate, and graduate students primarily in science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines. Opportunities for students in other disciplines are available.

NASA/BMSIS Young Scientist Program in Space Biosciences

The NASA/BMSIS Young Scientist Program in Space Biosciences is a collaboration between NASA’s Ames Research Center Space Biosciences Division and Blue Marble Space Institute of Science in developing the next generation of Space Biology professionals, which focuses on post-bachelors and pre-doctoral students.