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“Cultivating a New Generation of STEM Leaders”

NASA University Research Centers, or URC, is hosting an inaugural Virtual Poster Session and Symposium (VPSS) event to highlight talented students within the NASA URC program, and their recent experiences as interns or co-ops at NASA. A diverse community of scientists, engineers, students, faculty, and educators within the Agency and URC Institutions are invited to explore the research projects of each respective student during the virtual poster session at starting on Wednesday, October 24, 2012 and ending on Wednesday, October 31, 2012.

During this event, participants will have an exciting opportunity to see the research projects conducted by URC students at NASA, ask questions, exchange information and ideas, and interact with students and other event participants through the Facebook social network. NASA subject matter experts will review and score poster presentations in NASA’s mission directorate categories of Aeronautics Research, Human Exploration and Operations, and Science. Top finalists in each category will give oral presentations of their research during the virtual symposium on Thursday, November 8, 2012. The symposium will be hosted via live video conference.

How You Can Join

The Virtual Poster Session

The virtual poster session will be available for public viewing on October 24 – 31, 2012 at Attendees of this event must have access to a Facebook account to ask questions and make comments for URC Student presenters in terms of their research posters. Individuals may sign up for a free Facebook account at

The Symposium

A virtual symposium will be held via live video conference on November 8, 2012 to feature winners of the virtual poster session. Attendance to this event is closed to the NASA URC Community. For additional details, please contact Daesha Roberts, NASA URC Project Management Office at

Bolden Speaks at the URC Virtual Symposium

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden delivered a welcome address via video to support the NASA University Research Centers inaugural Virtual Poster Session and Symposium event November 8, 2012. A diverse community of more than 100 scientists, engineers, students and educators from around the Nation attended the live videoconference.