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

RockOn 2013 Workshop Registration

RockOn 2013 workshop registration is now open.  Two important updates:  One, registration is only $849 ($150 less than last year) and if you register before April 1st it is only $799.  A few years ago it was $1,699.   Two, we are using a new micro-controller system in this year’s workshop that is based on the Arduino.  Arduinos in space.  Should be great.  Registration ends on May 1st, 2012.  The workshop is June 15-20, 2013.  The website is

RockOn is a great way to take your hands-on programs to a different level.  RockOn is a great way to directly connect your students, faculty, and staff with engineers, scientists, and technicians at a NASA facility.

Undergraduate Student Instrument Project (USIP)

The NASA Science Mission Directorate (SMD) has released the Undergraduate Student Instrument Project (USIP) Educational Flight Opportunity (EFO) to solicit U.S. university proposals to develop an Earth or space science payload that will fly on a NASA suborbital vehicle, such as a sounding rocket, balloon, aircraft, or commercial suborbital reusable launch vehicle. SMD designed USIP to promote interest and proficiency in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education and to develop careers in the STEM related fields through offering NASA’s unique suborbital research platforms for student educational flight opportunities.

Details on the opportunity can be found at:
Click on: Solicitations
Click on: Open (on the left side of the screen) Sort by: Released
Title: Undergraduate Student Instrument Project Education Flight Opportunity

Released: Dec. 21, 2012
Proposal Due: April 5, 2013

Student Spaceflight Experiments Program (SSEP)

Announcing the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program (SSEP) Sixth Flight Opportunity – SSEP Mission 4 to the International Space Station for 2013:

We Are Truly Inviting YOUR Students to be Real Researchers, and Your Community to Be Part of America’s Space Program.  Opportunity for Schools and Districts to Engage Their Grade 5-12 Students in very real microgravity experiment design for flight to the International Space Station (ISS).


20th Annual NASA Great Moonbuggy Race

Registration is now open for the 20th annual NASA Great Moonbuggy Race, which challenges high school, college and university students around the world to build and race fast, lightweight “moonbuggies” of their own design.

The students’ work will culminate in two days of competitive racing April 26-27, 2013, at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Ala. NASA created the event two decades ago to complement classroom learning, provide young thinkers and builders with real-world engineering experience and inspire them to consider careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics — the STEM fields.

“It’s our goal to keep the wheels turning,” said Tammy Rowan, manager of the Academic Affairs Office at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, which organizes the race each year. “The ingenuity and enthusiasm we see among racers begins in the classroom. That first spark of interest — whether it’s in basic chemistry or astronomy or the history of spaceflight — starts the wheels turning. The Great Moonbuggy Race helps sustain that momentum, turning interest into passion, and dreams into a lifelong pursuit of new answers and new horizons.”

International registration for the 2013 race closes Jan. 7.  Registration for U.S. teams closes Feb. 4. Participating high schools, colleges and universities each may register up to two teams and two vehicles. For complete rules and to register, visit: