NASA Opportunities

U.S. Department of Education []
Sent: Wednesday, September 03, 2014 10:35 AM
To: Patrick, Joeletta O. (HQ-HA000)
Subject: RISING JUNIORS – Undergraduate Scholarship Opportunity

Dear Colleagues:

The NOAA Educational Partnership Program with Minority Serving Institutions Undergraduate Scholarship Program is accepting applications. Program encourages advisers, mentors, and potential applicants to take advantage of the NOAA resources made available in this message. Competitive applications: (i) address the NOAA mission; (ii) have resume and personal statements that are crafted to be relevant to the NOAA mission, and (iii) have recommendations that are well developed and made relevant to the NOAA mission.

What: Provides scholarships for two years of undergraduate study.

Who: Rising junior undergraduate students majoring in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields that directly support NOAA’s mission.

The Program:
Students receive total awards valued at up to $35,000 in total support during their junior and senior years.
Students complete a nine week paid summer internship at NOAA in Silver Spring, MD, between May and July of the first summer. During the second summer, students complete paid internships at NOAA facilities across the country. During the summer internships, students are paid a stipend and receive a housing allowance.
Student scholarship recipients attend a two-week orientation at NOAA in Silver Spring, MD, and begin their first summer internship in early June.
At the end of both summer internships, students present the results of their projects at an education and science symposium in Silver Spring, MD (travel expenses paid).

Undergraduate Scholarship Application Link:

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High-Power Rocketry Competition

MN Space Grant announces a High-Power Rocketry Competition in the midwest open to college rocketry teams from the whole nation
Date: Thu, 28 Aug 2014 08:49:19 -0500
From: James Flaten <flate001>

This academic year the Minnesota Space Grant will be running a "Space
Grant Midwest High-Power Rocket Competition" open to college/university
rocketry teams from ALL states (not just states in the Midwest Region).

Announcement attached. Full handbook with rules posted at

Learn more during the informational telecom on Tuesday, September 23, from 7 to 8 p.m. Central Time.
We are asking for a (non-binding) “Notice of Intent to Compete” by October 1, 2014. ‘
Contact James Flaten for call-in information; see signature line below.

Note 1: This competition is less demanding (reporting-wise) than USLI but is well suited for both experienced rocket teams and also for
institutions that want to get started in high-power rocketry.

Note 2: To help keep track of the numbers, we are requiring all participating teams be "sponsored" by their state’s Space Grant, but
will allow every state to decide exactly what that means. The main costs will be registration ($400 per team), build expenses (about $1000 for typical rockets if starting from scratch), and travel to MN for the competition launch next May. States that sponsor more than one team will also be asked to provide one judge
– either send one from your state or you can contract with one from here in Minnesota (we will provide a list of possible names).

FAA Design Competition Has a New Home;
Guidelines for 2014 – 2015 Academic Year Announced
Date: Mon, 11 Aug 2014 18:34:54 +0000
From: Sandy, Mary <msandy>

Dear Space Grant Colleagues:

I am writing to ask for your help in getting the word out about the University Design Competition for Issues Facing Airports, a follow-on to the FAA Design Competition for Universities. The FAA Design Competition for Universities has moved to a new home! The FAA is now sponsoring the program under the Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) of the National Academies Transportation Research Board. The general format and process remain the same. New challenges have been added. The Virginia Space Grant Consortium will continue to manage the Competition on behalf of the ACRP.

The Competition challenges both individuals and teams of undergraduate and graduate students working under the guidance of a faculty advisor to address issues currently facing airports and the National Airspace System. The Competition offers open-ended, real-world issues in four broad challenge areas: Airport Operation and Maintenance; Runway Safety, Runway Incursions and Runway Excursions; Airport Environmental Interactions, and Airport Management and Planning. Student winners earn cash prizes and, for first place design submissions, the opportunity to present at professional venues.

A copy of the Competition Guidelines for the 2014 – 2015 Academic Year is available at the Competition website at which also provides detailed information and a wealth of resources for students.

Feedback from Faculty and student evaluations on the educational value of the Competition has been extremely positive. They consistently cite the value of the open-ended challenges, real-world problems and access to airport operators and industry experts. The Competition is often used in capstone design courses, but has also been used by student chapters of professional societies and as an independent study topic. Airport issues cross a wide range of disciplines relating to the management, safety, capacity and efficiency of the nation’s airports.

Questions from faculty and students can be addressed to ACRP or give us a call. Please share this email with any members, faculty or students who might have interest in the Competition.