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January 21, 2005

NASA Public Affairs Office
Stennis Space Center, MS 39529-6000
(228) 688-3341


The Office of External Affairs & Education at NASA's John C. Stennis Space Center is accepting student applications for this year's NASA Summer High School Apprenticeship Research Program (SHARP).

NASA SHARP is a NASA-sponsored, research-based mentoring program for high school students who excel in mathematics, engineering, science and technology. The program is designed to provide students in underrepresented categories an opportunity to build a career path in these disciplines.

NASA SHARP is composed of two components, commuter (formerly SHARP) and residential (formerly SHARP PLUS). The NASA SHARP commuter component is conducted at participating NASA centers, while the NASA SHARP residential component is conducted at universities throughout the United States.

To be eligible for the commuter component, students must be U.S. citizens, at least 16 years old by the start of the program in June, and permanent residents of Mississippi or Louisiana. The student must attend a school within a 50-mile radius of the participating NASA center and be available on a full-time basis for the duration of the program. Eligibility requirements for the residential component include U.S. citizenship and that students must be at least 16 years old by the start of the program in June.

In addition, eligibility requirements for both components include the completion of at least two college preparatory courses in both mathematics and science with a "B" average in each and an overall "B" in other coursework.

The student must demonstrate an interest in and aptitude for careers in math, engineering, science or technology and be willing to participate in a formal interview as part of the placement process if chosen as a finalist.

Those interested in applying to NASA SHARP should visit
or contact Joy Smith at (228) 688-2118 or Joy.L.Smith@nasa.gov. Applications have also been mailed to area schools. Students should contact their school guidance counselors for more information. Deadline for applications is Feb.14, 2005.


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