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June 24, 1999

John Ira Petty
Johnson Space Center, TX
(281) 483-5111

Release: J99-23a

NASA Hires High School Students for Summer Research Program

NASA’s Johnson Space Center has hired 14 talented high school students to participate in an eight-week intensive science and engineering apprenticeship program.

The Summer High School Apprenticeship Research Program (SHARP) is designed for high school students who have demonstrated an aptitude for and interest in science and engineering careers. Students who live within commuting distance of a participating NASA facility, are U.S. citizens, and will be 16 years old by the time the program begins in June are eligible to apply. The selected students are assigned to work with a mentor, who is a NASA scientist or engineer.

During their apprenticeship, the students complete assignments, write reports, make oral presentations, and participate in enrichment activities under the guidance and supervision of their mentors and the SHARP staff.

SHARP, which began in 1980, is a feeder program that to builds a resource pool of potential applicants for science and engineering careers. SHARP is specifically designed to attract and serve, but is not limited to, underrepresented groups in the nation’s scientific and engineering workforce. The program provides students with first hand experiences and information that will help them make career decisions.

This year’s apprentices include: Anjoli Avionn, William Cunningham and Shelonda Hughes from the High School for Engineering Professions; Irene Chow from Clear Lake High School; Ezdehar Husein from MacArthur High School; Stephen Jackson and Sarah Solis from Pearland High School; Grace Lee from Clements High School; Rory Mallard from Barbara Jordan High School; Claudia Martinez and Guadalupe Rodriguez from Milby High School; Lam Nguyen from Dobie High School; and James Scott and James Yelich from Katy High School.

For more information contact Nancy Garrick, NASA/JSC SHARP manager, at (281) 483-3076.


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