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Gretchen Cook-Anderson
Headquarters, Washington
(Phone: 202/358-0836)

Pamela Piper
Modern Technology Systems, Inc., Riverdale, Md.
(Phone: 301/985-5171)

July 15, 2003
RELEASE : 03-240
NASA Selects "SHARP" Students To Launch Academic Excellence
NASA launched the 2003 Summer High School Apprenticeship Research Program (SHARP) after competitively selecting 340 students representing nearly every state, Puerto Rico, and St. Croix.

In June, NASA SHARP participants, chosen from a pool of more than 2,400 applicants, became apprentices to scientists and engineers at agency centers and universities around the country.

NASA SHARP, which began in October 2002, is a research-based program focusing on the agency's mission, facilities, human resources and programs. The program advances NASA's goal to involve under represented students in academic, workplace and social experiences and research opportunities to support the educational excellence of the nation.

NASA SHARP is the unified version of the former SHARP, a commuting program conducted at most agency field centers, and SHARP PLUS, a residential program conducted at host universities.

"NASA strives to use its unique resources to heighten awareness of the world of mathematics and science for students with limited opportunities," said Deborah Glasco, NASA's elementary and secondary education program manager. "Programs such as this improve our nation's scientific literacy and provide motivation for potential future scientists and engineers," she said.

Modern Technology Systems Inc. administers NASA SHARP with support from the Center for Educational Technologies.

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For a list of NASA SHARP 2003 participants visit:

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