NASA Traveling Exhibit at Clark Planetarium

Don’t miss the NASA Exploration Systems Directorate/Space Launch System (ESD/SLS) exhibit when it is on display at the Clark Planetarium. In partnership with ATK and NASA, the SLS exhibit will be open to the public February 26 – March 2, 2014.

credit: NASA

credit: NASA

Guests will be able to explore launch system and flight hardware with an interactive touch screen presentation, take an up-close look at a scale model of NASA’s next rocket, the Space Launch System and multi-purpose crew vehicle, the Orion space capsule. Visitors can also have their picture taken as an astronaut.

According to NASA: “The SLS will be NASA’s first exploration-class vehicle since the Saturn V took American astronauts to the moon over 40 years ago. With its superior lift capability, the SLS will expand our reach in the solar system, allowing astronauts aboard the Orion spacecraft to explore multiple, deep-space destinations including near-Earth asteroids, Lagrange points, the moon and ultimately Mars.

A special Night Vision event will be held on Wednesday, February 26, 2014, for an up close look at NASA and the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket. Clark Planetarium is pleased to welcome Alex Priskos, NASA’s SLS Boosters Manager, and NASA Astronaut Dominic “Tony” Antonelli for this special event.

The presentation will begin at 7 p.m. in the Hansen Dome Theatre. Tickets to the event are $2. Members get in free. Seating is limited. Thank you to ATK for sponsoring this event.


Recruitment is ongoing for the NASA LARSS Program, a 10-week summer session with an extended  deadline of February 5, 2014.   The 10 week period is 6/2 – 8/08/2014 .  The LARSS program is a partnership between NASA, the National Institute of Aerospace (NIA), and the Virginia Space Grant Consortium as a sub-award to the NIA.

The Langley Aerospace Research Student Scholars (LARSS) Program is a paid, Center-unique, and highly competitive research internship program for undergraduate and graduate students pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM)  held onsite at NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, VA.  Special project areas such as business, education, photography, history, finance, accounting and other areas are also accepted for consideration.   

Eligibiity Requirements:

• US citizenship

• Full-time student status at an accredited US college or university

• 3.0/4.0 scale

• Rising college junior and above


Female students and under-represented minorities, college students with disabilities, military veterans, first-generation college students, and students from economically-disadvantaged backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Note:  There is a Bridge option through the rising college sophomore level if the student has at least a 3.5 GPA and previous NASA Program experience.

Internship Stipend for 10 weeks full-time participants:

• $6000 Stipend for graduate students

• $5000 Stipend for rising college juniors and seniors

• $4000 Stipend for Rising freshmen and sophomores


2014 NASA/APL Internship Program

2014 NASA/APL Internship Program is available at
Since 2004, the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) has offered summer projects to students interested in working on NASA missions or space-related research opportunities at APL. Students participating in the NASA/APL Internship Program will work at APL, and will make critical contributions to current and future missions or grants during their assignments in the Space Department.

Below are relevant deadlines.
*             December 12, 2013 – Application Launched
*             January 27, 2014 – Application Deadline
*             End of February – Selections Complete
Students participating in the NASA/APL Internship Program must:
*             have a demonstrated interest in the space program
*             be a sophomore, junior, senior, or first or second year grad student in Fall 2014
*             be in high academic standing (GPA of 3.0 or greater)
*             be a U.S. citizen

NASA National Community College Aerospace Scholars (NCAS)

NCAS encourages community college students to explore the exciting possibilities of careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) by engaging them in an online & hands-on NASA based team experience. Through a competitive process, applicants are required to complete web-based modules in addition to meeting basic qualifications. Selected students embark upon a 3-day onsite robotics team design challenge at a NASA Center. With this exciting STEM based experience, they will work in teams to complete the challenge, tour the NASA facilities, & interact directly with NASA astronauts, engineers and scientists! All travel and accommodation expenses are paid at no cost to the student

Applicant must be a registered community college student at the time of application submission & during dates of the workshop.  Applicant must have a minimum of cumulative of 9 hours of STEM courses or a STEM related major. Applicant must be a US Citizen & at least 18 years old. Applicant must commit to a 6 month relationship including 20 hours of online course work and the 3 day experience w/ NASA. Applicant must have internet access. Applicant must pay ONLY a $30 registration fee.

Spring 2014 workshops will be held at:
NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, CA – February 26-28, 2014
NASA Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) in Huntsville, AL- February 26-28, 2014

How Can Students Apply & What Is the Deadline?
The Application deadline is November 26, 2013

Please visit the website to apply and for more information:

 If you would like additional info or brochures, feel free to contact:  NCAS Program Coordinator, Maria Chambers @ 281.244.1496 or

NASA Space Tech Research Fellowships

The NSTRF14 solicitation for Space Tech Research Fellowships has been released.  This opportunity is for graduate students pursuing advanced degrees in STEM disciplines.  The fellowship begins at the start of the Fall 2014 semester.  The application deadline is November 13, 2013.  The maximum award is $68K per year.  See the solicitation for details.{BD3F49F4-611F-D9EC-1B84-16F4D7551609}&path=open

NASA Jenkins Fellowship Award

NASA has extended the deadline for the Jenkins Fellowship Award.

Research Areas: Aeronautics, Astronomy & Astrophysics, Earth Science, Education & Outreach, Heliophysics, Information Technology/Computer Science, Instrumentation, Materials, Planetary Science, Robotics, Space Life Sciences Abstract submissions are due August 9, with invited full proposal submissions due September 3, 2013.

Applications should be submitted through the NASA One Stop Shopping Initiative at Applicants should be sure to select “fellowship” for the type of application.

Please direct any questions to Ms. Mablelene Burrell at

Other conditions of the Award (repeated below) remain unchanged.

Applicants must be U.S. Citizens who are members of an underrepresented group (including women, ethnic minorities and persons with disabilities) majoring in a Science, Technology, Engineering or Math (STEM) discipline.

The Award provides:
- $10,000 tuition offset
- $27,000 stipend for PhD students, $22,000 stipend for Masters students
- $8,000 for research experience at a NASA Center or the Jet Propulsion Lab
Funding is provided for up to three years.

For more information, see

Applications should be submitted through the NASA One Stop Shopping Initiative at Applicants should be sure to select “fellowship” for the type of application.

Note that:
- Phase I Application Deadline (Abstract Only): August 9, 2013 *New*
- Phase II Application Deadline (Full Proposal): September 3, 2013 *New*
- Fellowship Start Date: September 30, 2013

USRA Point of Contact:
Dr. James Lochner
Director, University Communications and Engagement

Hill AFB Pathways Engineering Intern Announcement


The announcement for Engineering Pathways Internships (Occupational Series 0899) will be posted on on Weds, 20 March and will close on Fri, 29 March. (There will be separate announcements for Computer Scientists (1599) and for Chemists and Physicists (1399) in coming weeks.)

Anyone interested in applying for an engineering internship at Hill AFB should apply to this announcement. The posting will be for multiple bases, so specify your interest in Hill AFB.  We are looking to fill up to 15 internship vacancies for students majoring in electrical or computer engineering. We will also be hiring mechanical, aerospace, and other engineering majors in smaller numbers.

Eligibility requirements will be described in the announcement and include having at least a 2.95 GPA.  These internships are normally for the Summer, however they can also be for Fall or Spring, or part-time all year. You would normally be hired as a GS-04 ($13.41/hr) for the first year, and then promoted to a GS-05 ($15.00/hr) the next year.

There is no obligation of employment following an internship, however we normally place nearly 100% of our interns.

PLEASE READ THE ANNOUNCEMENT CAREFULLY AND FILL OUT THE APPLICATION COMPLETELY. Applications are processed at Randolph AFB in Texas, but employment is at Hill AFB in Utah. YOU MAY NOT SUBMIT RESUMES OR APPLICATIONS IN ANY OTHER WAY than through announcements.

Benefits include: Annual/Sick/Physical Fitness Leave, Paid Holidays, and Health and Life Insurance.  Tuition is not paid.

eXploration Habitat (X-hab) 2014 Academic Innovation Challenge

The National Space Grant Foundation is pleased to announce the X-Hab Academic Innovation Challenge.  This program is a university level challenge designed to engage and retain students in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). The competition is intended to link with senior and graduate-level design curricula that emphasize hands-on design, research, development, and manufacture of functional prototypical subsystems that enable habitation-related functionality for space exploration missions. NASA will directly benefit from the challenge by sponsoring the development of innovative habitation-related concepts and technologies from universities, which will result in innovative ideas and solutions that could be applied to exploration habitats. The Advanced Exploration Systems (AES) Deep Space Habitat (DSH) project will offer multiple X-Hab awards of $10K – $20K each to design and produce functional products of interest to the DSH project (see topic list) as proposed by university teams according to their interests and expertise. The prototypes produced by the university teams may be integrated onto an existing NASA-built operational habitat prototype (examples shown in Figure 1). X-Hab proposals will have a Notice of Intent and proposal phase, where down-selection will determine which projects will be funded. X-Hab university teams will either finalize their deliverables, or deliver their products in May-June 2014 to be integrated in the FY14 DSH habitat configuration. Universities may collaborate together on a Project Team.

The Foundation anticipates that approximately 3-6 awards will be made under this solicitation ranging between $10,000 and $20,000 each.

Proposals will be accepted from faculty who are U.S. citizens and currently teach an Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) accredited engineering senior or graduate design, industrial design, or architecture curriculum teaming course at a university affiliated with the National Space Grant College (if applicable) and Fellowship Program, or other US accredited university. Multi-discipline, multi-departmental, and/or multi-institutional teaming collaborations are highly  encouraged.

Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Tribal Colleges and other minority serving educational institutions are particularly encouraged to apply. Proposals from women, members of underrepresented minorities groups, and persons with disabilities are highly encouraged.

Important Dates and Information
Program website:
Notice of Intent Due: April 3, 2013
Technical Interchange Meeting: April 10, 2013
Proposals Due: May 1, 2013