NASA Education Express — Dec. 12, 2013

Check out the latest NASA Education opportunity announcements.

Check out the following NASA opportunities for the education community. Full descriptions are listed below.

National Air and Space Museum Super Science Saturday Events
Audience: All Educators and Students
Next Event Date: Dec. 14, 2013

Free Smithsonian’s Stars Lecture Series
Audience: All Educators and 9-Higher Education Students
Next Lecture Date: Dec. 14, 2013, at 5:15 p.m. EST

Free Education Webinar Series from NASA Educator Professional Development
Audience: K-12 Educators
Event Dates: Dec. 16-17, 2013

Green Strides Webinar Series
Audience: K-12 Educators
Next Event Date: Dec. 17, 2013, at 3 p.m. EST

NASA’s Digital Learning Network Event — Small Bodies: Comets ISON
Audience: Grades 4-12
Event Date: Dec. 18, 2013, 1 – 2 p.m. EST

NES Web Seminar — Algebraic Equations: Transit Tracks — Finding Habitable Planets
Audience: Algebra Teachers and Informal Educators
Event Date: Dec. 18, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. EST

“Ask NICE” Online Professional Development Series
Audience: K-12 Educators
Next Event Date: Dec. 19, 2013, at 4 p.m. EST

NES Web Seminar — Newton’s Laws of Motion: Lunar Nautics
Audience: 6-8 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Dec. 19, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. EST

2014 NASA High-Altitude Student Platform Opportunity
Audience: Higher Education Faculty and Students
Application Deadline: Dec. 20, 2013

Historical NASA Space Artifacts Available for Educational Use
Audience: Educational Institutions, Museums and Other Education Organizations
Request Deadline: Dec. 23, 2013

NASA’s Center for Astronomy Education Workshop for Astronomy and Space Science Instructors
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Event Dates: Jan. 4-5, 2014

National Science Foundation Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program Preparation Webinars and Workshop
Audience: Higher Education Faculty
Informational Webinar Dates: Jan. 7 and 14, 2014
Informational Workshop Date: Jan. 9, 2014
Proposal Deadline: March 5, 2014

2014 NASA and Worcester Polytechnic Institute Sample Return Robot Challenge
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Registration Deadline: Jan. 7, 2014

2014 NASA STEM Spanish Immersion Educator Professional Development Workshop Series: Head in the Clouds Edition
Audience: K-8 Educators
Event Dates: First workshop takes place on Jan. 8, 2014

2014 NASA Human Exploration Rover Challenge
Audience: 9-12 & Higher Education Educators and Students
Registration Deadline for International Teams: Jan. 10, 2014
Registration Deadline for U.S. Teams: Feb. 7, 2014

Virginia Space Grant Consortium’s 2014-2016 Integrative STEM for Pre-service Teachers Program
Audience: Pre-service Educators in Virginia
Application Deadline: Jan. 15, 2014

NASA Announcement for High-Impact, National, Strategic STEM Education Partnerships — Amended
Audience: Potential STEM Education Partners
Response Date: Jan. 23, 2014

2014 Planetary Geology and Geophysics Undergraduate Research Program
Audience: Higher Education Students
Application Deadline: Feb. 3, 2014

Don’t miss out on upcoming NASA education opportunities.
For a full list of events, opportunities and more, visit the Educator and Student Current Opportunity pages on NASA’s website:
— Educators https://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/current-opps-index.html
— Students https://www.nasa.gov/audience/forstudents/current-opps-index.html

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National Air and Space Museum Super Science Saturday Events

Join the National Air and Space Museum on the second Saturday of each month during 2013 for Super Science Saturday at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Va. Through demonstrations and hands-on activities, visitors of all ages will become immersed in science, technology, engineering and mathematics topics related to aviation and space exploration. Each event takes place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Eastern Time. Admission is free, and parking is $15.

Upcoming topics include:

Dec. 14, 2013 — The Wright Brothers
Jan. 11, 2014 — From the Wright Brothers to the Right Stuff
Feb. 8, 2014 — Scientists & Inventors
March 8, 2014 — Space Shuttle

For more information, visit http://airandspace.si.edu/events/superscience/.

Questions about this series of lectures should be directed to nasmpubliclectures@si.edu.

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Free Smithsonian’s Stars Lecture Series

Curious about our nearest star, water on Mars, the first trip to Pluto and other wonders of the universe? Come to the Smithsonian’s Stars Lecture Series presented by Smithsonian researchers who are exploring the sun, the moon, planets, stars, galaxies and the universe. These speakers will share behind-the-scenes details about how their research is done and technologies that advance new discoveries. The lectures will be held at the Albert Einstein Planetarium at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C.

Each lecture begins at 5:15 p.m. ET and is followed by a question-and-answer session. A Discovery Station activity will take place at 4 p.m. prior to each lecture. Stay after the lecture to visit the museum’s observatory, weather permitting.

Dec. 14, 2013 — First Mission to Pluto: The Origins and Voyage of New Horizons
In July 2015, New Horizons will become the first spacecraft to fly through the Pluto system. Dr. Michael Neufeld will discuss the goal of this mission and the promise of new science from it.

Jan. 11, 2014 — Solar Loops: Tackling a 40-Year-Old Mystery
The loops that cover the sun’s outer atmosphere have been studied for over 40 years, but their basic properties remain unknown. Astrophysicist Henry “Trae” Winter will discuss the attempts to unravel these mysteries.

Jan. 25, 2014 — River Deposits on Mars
Alluvial fans provide evidence for water-related activity. Recent studies on Mars suggest the fans are younger than previously thought, providing new insight into the late-stage climate and habitability of the planet. Geologist Sharon Wilson Purdy will delve into river deposits on the Red Planet.

For more information about the Smithsonian’s Stars Lecture Series, visit http://airandspace.si.edu/events/lectures/smithsonian-stars/.

Questions about this lecture series should be directed to the visitor service line at 202-633-1000.

The Smithsonian’s Stars Lecture Series is made possible by a grant from NASA.

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Free Education Webinar Series from NASA Educator Professional Development

NASA Educator Professional Development is presenting a series of free webinars open to all educators. Join NASA Education Specialists to learn about activities, lesson plans, educator guides and resources to bring NASA into your classroom.

Exploring Earth From Space
Audience:
Grades 4-12 and Informal
Event Date:
Dec. 16, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. EST
Attend this 90-minute webinar to learn how to use Earth observations, remote sensing and maps to explore Earth from the unique perspective of space.
Rockets: Experimenting With Projectile Flight
Audience:
In-service, Pre-service, Informal and Home School Educators
Event Date: Dec. 17, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. EST
Few classroom topics generate as much excitement as rockets. Investigate rocket stability and trajectory with rubber-band-powered foam rockets during this 60-minute webinar.

For more information about these webinars and to register online, visit https://paragon-tec.adobeconnect.com/admin/show-event-catalog.

Questions about this series of webinars should be directed to John Entwistle at john.d.entwistle@nasa.gov.

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Green Strides Webinar Series

The U.S. Department of Education presents the Green Strides Webinar Series. These webinars feature experts from various federal programs. The webinars are free, and events are scheduled throughout the 2013-2014 school year.

The next webinar takes place on Dec. 17, 2013, at 3 p.m. EST.

For more information and registration, visit http://www2.ed.gov/about/inits/ed/green-strides/webinar.html.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to Green.Ribbon.Schools@ed.gov.

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NASA’s Digital Learning Network Event — Small Bodies: Comets ISON

Fly-by asteroids, asteroids disintegrating over Earth, fly-by comets have made 2013 an exciting year for studying and observing small solar system bodies. Join NASA’s Dr. Claudia Alexander, Rosetta project scientist as she discusses Comet ISON and the Rosetta mission in a live teleconference on Dec. 18, 2013, at 1 p.m. EST. Dr. Alexander will discuss different types of small bodies and answer student questions.

If your class is interested in participating in this event via live video conferencing, contact Lyle Tavernier at lyle.tavernier@jpl.nasa.gov.

To view a live webcast of the event and submit questions via email, visit https://www.nasa.gov/offices/education/programs/national/dln/webcast/webcast.html.

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NES Web Seminar — Algebraic Equations: Transit Tracks — Finding Habitable Planets

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences for educators, NASA Explorer Schools and the National Science Teachers Association are hosting a 90-minute live professional development Web seminar for educators on Dec. 18, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. EST.

Seminar participants will receive an in-depth view of the featured student activity, “Finding Habitable Planets.” In this engaging activity, students analyze NASA’s Kepler Mission light curve data on planetary systems and determine the orbital period, orbital radius, size and habitability of a planet. The seminar includes a description of how the activity addresses Earth’s place in the universe performance expectations of the Next Generation Science Standards and the lesson’s alignment to the high school Common Core Mathematics Standards for functions and equations.

For more information and to register online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES4/webseminar2.aspx.

To learn more about the NASA Explorer Schools project, visit http://explorerschools.nasa.gov.

Email any questions about this opportunity to the NES Help Desk at NASA-Explorer-Schools@nasa.gov.

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“Ask NICE” Online Professional Development Series

Join the NASA Innovations in Climate Education, or NICE, team for a series of Google+ Hangout professional development sessions. Planned for the third Thursdays of upcoming months, the sessions will cover a variety of climate topics. This month’s webinar topic is:

The Green Ninja: A Climate Action Superhero
Dec. 19, 2013, at 4 p.m. EST
Discover how the Green Ninja inspires kids to take action on climate change. The adventures of the Green Ninja are told in a youth-oriented and humorous way, but are grounded in science and numbers. Related educational materials including lesson plans, games and contests are used to promote hands-on learning experiences that help teachers bring climate science topics into their classrooms. Visit the Green Ninja website (http://www.greenninja.org) to see details and get your questions ready for the Ask NICE Google Hangout. During the Hangout, submit questions in the comments section or via Twitter using #AskNICE.

Certificates of professional development hours are available upon request. Additional session dates will be announced soon.

For more information, visit https://nice.larc.nasa.gov/asknice/. Questions about this series should be sent to Bonnie Murray at bonnie.murray@nasa.gov.

This series is sponsored by Minority University Research and Education Program and NICE, and is part of the Digital Learning Network program to expand the reach of NICE projects.

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NES Web Seminar — Newton’s Laws of Motion: Lunar Nautics

NASA Explorer Schools and the National Science Teachers Association are hosting a 90-minute live professional development Web seminar for educators on Dec. 19, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. EST. This seminar features three lessons for grades 6-8 that focus on a real-world understanding of Newton’s Laws of Motion and common misconceptions associated with the laws. The featured lessons are Rocket Staging: Balloon Staging and Lunar Landing: Swinging Tray and Lunar Base Supply Egg Drop.

The featured activities provide opportunities for incorporating national science, technology and mathematics learning standards into curricula as well as address middle school Next Generation Science Standards.

This is the only time during this school year that this seminar will be offered.

For more information and to register online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES4/webseminar24.aspx.

To learn more about the NASA Explorer Schools project, visit http://explorerschools.nasa.gov.

Email any questions about this opportunity to NASA-Explorer-Schools@mail.nasa.gov.

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2014 NASA High-Altitude Student Platform Opportunity

NASA is accepting applications from students at U.S. colleges and universities who want to send experiments to the edge of space on a high-flying scientific balloon.

The annual NASA project provides near-space access for 12 undergraduate and graduate student experiments to be carried by a NASA high-altitude research balloon. The flights typically last 15 to 20 hours and reach an altitude of 23 miles. Experiments may include compact satellites or prototypes.

The experiments are flown aboard the High-Altitude Student Platform, or HASP, a balloon-born instrument stack launched from the Columbia Scientific Balloon Facility’s remote site in Fort Sumner, N.M. The goals of the project are to provide a space test platform to encourage student research and stimulate the development of student satellite payloads and other space-engineering products.

HASP seeks to enhance the technical skills and research abilities of students in critical science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines. The project is a joint effort between NASA and the Louisiana Space Consortium.

The deadline for applications is Dec. 20, 2013.

For application information and technical details about the program, visit http://laspace.lsu.edu/hasp.

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Historical NASA Space Artifacts Available for Educational Use

NASA invites eligible U.S. educational institutions, museums and other organizations to screen and request historical artifacts of significance to spaceflight. This is the 20th screening of artifacts since 2009.

Eligible schools, universities, museums, libraries and planetariums may view the artifacts and request specific items through Dec. 23, 2013. Online registrations should include an assigned Department of Education number. Registration also can be made through the State Agency for Surplus Property (SASP) office in their state. For instructions, registration, and to view and make requests for artifacts online, visit http://gsaxcess.gov/NASAWel.htm.

The artifacts are free of charge and are offered “as-is.” Organizations must cover shipping costs and any handling fees. Shipping fees on smaller items will be relatively inexpensive, while larger items may involve extensive disassembly, preparation, shipping and reassembly costs. NASA will work closely with eligible organizations to address any unique handling costs.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to GSAXcessHelp@gsa.gov.

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NASA’s Center for Astronomy Education Workshop for Astronomy and Space Science Instructors

NASA’s Center for Astronomy Education, or CAE, announces a workshop for astronomy and space science educators. Hosted in conjunction with the 223rd Meeting of the American Astronomical Society, the workshop will take place Jan. 4-5, 2014, at National Harbor, Md.

The workshop will teach participants how to create effective and productive active-learning classroom environments. Workshop leaders model best practices in implementing many different classroom-tested instructional strategies. During microteaching events, participants will have the opportunity to role-play the parts of student and instructor, and will assess and critique each other’s implementation. Participants try unfamiliar teaching techniques with mentors and peers before using them with students.

For more information and to register for the workshop online, visit http://astronomy101.jpl.nasa.gov/workshopdetails/index.cfm?workshopID=117.

Inquiries about this workshop should be directed to Gina Brissenden at gbrissenden@as.arizona.edu.

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National Science Foundation Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program Preparation Webinars and Workshop

The National Science Foundation’s Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program seeks to encourage talented science, technology, engineering and mathematics majors and professionals to become K-12 mathematics and science teachers.

Two Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Proposal Preparation Webinars are scheduled to take place Jan. 7 and Jan. 14, 2014. Both 90-minute webinars will begin at 3 p.m. EST. The webinars are recommended for those considering submitting proposals.

A Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Proposal Preparation Workshop will take place on Jan. 9, 2014, in Washington, D.C.

A notice of intent from applicants is requested by Feb. 5, 2014. Full proposals for the Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program are due March 5, 2014.

For more information about the scholarship program and the informational webinars and workshop, visit http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=5733.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to Betty Calinger at bcalinge@aaas.org.

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2014 NASA and Worcester Polytechnic Institute Sample Return Robot Challenge

NASA and the Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, Mass., are seeking teams to compete in a robot technology demonstration competition with a potential $1.495 million prize purse.

During the Sample Return Robot Challenge, teams will compete to demonstrate a robot that can locate and retrieve geologic samples from a wide and varied terrain without human control. The objective of the competition is to encourage innovations in automatic navigation and robotic manipulator technologies. Innovations stemming from this challenge may improve NASA’s capability to explore a variety of destinations in space, as well as enhance the nation’s robotic technology for use in industries and applications on Earth.

NASA provides the prize money to the winning team as part of the agency’s Centennial Challenges competitions, which seek unconventional solutions to problems of interest to the agency and the nation. While NASA provides the prize purse, the competitions are managed by nonprofit organizations that cover the cost of operations through commercial or private sponsorships. The competition is planned for June 11-13, 2014 in Worcester and is anticipated to attract hundreds of competitors from industry and academia nationwide.

The registration deadline for this competition is Jan. 7, 2014.

For more information about the Sample Return Robot Challenge and to register online for the competition, visit http://challenge.wpi.edu.

To learn about other competitions offered by the Centennial Challenges Program, visit https://www.nasa.gov/challenges.

The Centennial Challenges program is part of NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate, which is innovating, developing, testing, and flying hardware for use in NASA’s future missions. For more information about NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate, visit https://www.nasa.gov/spacetech.

Questions about the Sample Return Robot Challenge should be sent to challenge@wpi.edu.

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2014 NASA STEM Spanish Immersion Educator Professional Development Workshop Series: Head in the Clouds Edition

Engage students with hands-on NASA inspired activities in Spanish and discover how to use clouds, climate and weather through NASA’s Students’ Cloud Observations Online, or S’COOL, project to engage students in physical and earth sciences. Learn techniques to help students identify clouds. Investigate the difference between weather and climate and the effects on Earth’s sources of water. Use patterns to predict the future climatological events and understand the known unknowns. Discover creative ways to get students to collect data and write their observations using science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, notebooks.

The four-day online workshop series is designed for educators of grades K-3 and 4-8. Sessions start Jan. 8, 2014, for K-3 educators and on Jan. 22, 2014, for 4-8 educators. All videoconference sessions take place from 3:45-5 p.m. EST.

All sessions will be presented in Spanish.

Sessions for educators of grades K-3 will take place on Jan. 8, Jan. 9, Feb. 12 and Feb. 13, 2014.

Sessions for educators of grades 4-8 will take place on Jan. 22, Jan. 23, Feb. 19 and Feb. 20, 2014.

Participants who register and complete all four workshops in their series are eligible to receive five continuing education credit hours.

For more information and to register for a series of workshops, visit http://tinyurl.com/p4qye6o.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to Marilé Colon Robles at marile.colonrobles@nasa.gov.

2014 NASA STEM inmersa en español serie de talleres para el desarrollo profesional de educadores: Edición la cabeza en las nubes

Aprende sobre actividades interactivas de la NASA en español y descubra cómo usar nubes, el clima y el tiempo a través del proyecto de observaciones de nubes estudiantiles de la NASA en línea, o S’COOL, para involucrar los estudiantes en las ciencias física y terrestres. Aprenda técnicas para identificar nubes. Investigue la diferencia entre el tiempo y el clima y los efectos en la distribución del agua en la Tierra. Use patrones para predecir futuros eventos climatológicos y comprender las incógnitas desconocidas. Descubra maneras creativas para colectar datos y observaciones con las libretas STEM.

Los cuatro días de talleres por videoconferencia están diseñadas para educadores de grados K-3 y 4-8. Las sesiones de videoconferencia comienzan el 8 de enero del 2014 para educadores de K-3 y el 22 de enero del 2014 para educadores de 4-8 grado. Todas las sesiones de videoconferencia serán de 3:45-5pm EST.

Todas las sesiones serán presentadas en español.

Las sesiones para educadores de grados K-3 serán el 8 de enero, 9 de enero, 12 de febrero y el 13 de febrero del 2014.

Las sesiones para educadores de grados 4-8 serán el 22 de enero, 23 de enero, 19 de febrero y el 20 de febrero del 2014.

Los participantes que se inscriban y participen de las cuatro sesiones son elegibles para recibir cinco horas de créditos de educación continua.

Para más información y para inscribirse en los talleres, visite http://tinyurl.com/p4qye6o.

Preguntas sobre esta oportunidad deben ser dirigidas a Marilé Colón Robes a marile.colonrobles@nasa.gov.

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2014 NASA Human Exploration Rover Challenge

NASA is seeking high school and college/university student teams to compete in the NASA Human Exploration Rover Challenge (formerly NASA’s Great Moonbuggy Race). In this engineering design challenge that begins in the classroom, students work with teacher advisors to create a human-powered vehicle designed to traverse the simulated surface of another world while meeting certain NASA specifications. Student teams of up to six members are challenged to design, build and test technologies that enable vehicles to perform in a wide variety of environments.

The culminating event of the rover competition is scheduled for April 10-12, 2014, at the U. S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Ala., home of U.S. Space Camp and the official visitor center for NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center. The student teams will be timed, ranked and scored based on design, safety and how well they traverse the set course, which is a rugged half mile track of 15 obstacles meant to mimic some of the real terrain challenges of solar system exploration.

Corporate sponsors will award prizes for first, second and third place winners in both high school and college/university categories. Other prizes include a Featherweight Award, System Safety Design Award and a Telemetry/Electronics Award.

International teams must register by Jan. 10, 2014. U.S. teams must register by Feb. 7, 2014.

For more information about the competition and to register online, visit https://www.nasa.gov/roverchallenge/home/index.html.

International teams with questions about this event or registration may email Amy McDowell at Amy.McDowell@nasa.gov. U.S. teams with questions may contact Diedra Williams at MSFC-RoverChallenge2014@mail.nasa.gov.

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Virginia Space Grant Consortium’s 2014-2016 Integrative STEM for Pre-service Teachers Program

The Virginia Space Grant Consortium is seeking applications for the 2014-2016 Integrative STEM for Pre-service Teachers program, or InSTEP. This two-year program serves to increase future educators’ understanding of STEM and how to teach integrative STEM in the classroom.

Applicants must have demonstrated interest in teaching in grades 4-8, as well as science, technology, engineering and/or mathematics. The program includes $2,500 scholarship each year, For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology, or FIRST, Lego robotics training, conference travel and registration, travel support to two NASA centers for innovative STEM training and more.

To be eligible, applicants must be rising juniors (third year of a pre-service teacher program) in summer 2014 at a partnering Virginia college/university. Preference will be given to students currently enrolled in programs at College of William and Mary, Hampton University, Old Dominion University, Virginia Tech, The University of Virginia, Norfolk State University and Virginia State University.

The deadline for submitting applications is Jan. 15, 2014.

For more information, visit http://vsgc.odu.edu/inSTEP/index.html. Please email any questions about this opportunity to Elizabeth Joyner at ejoyner@odu.edu or to Chris Carter at cxcarter@odu.edu.

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NASA Announcement for High-Impact, National, Strategic STEM Education Partnerships — Amended

NASA’s Office of Education has amended the NASA Announcement for High-Impact, National, Strategic STEM Education Partnerships [EDUCATION01SP13] to reflect a new response date. The new response date is Jan. 23, 2014. NASA’s Education portfolio is being strategically rescoped. NASA anticipates reissuing the announcement. NASA will not accept responses to this announcement after Jan. 23, 2014.

To access the Announcement home page, please visit http://go.nasa.gov/VgRZYt.

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2014 Planetary Geology and Geophysics Undergraduate Research Program

The Planetary Geology and Geophysics Undergraduate Research Program, or PGGURP, pairs qualified undergraduate students with NASA-funded investigators at research locations across the U.S. for eight weeks during the summer. Students will spend the summer at the NASA scientists’ home institutions. Selected students receive a cost-of-living stipend and compensation for housing and travel.

Undergraduate students majoring in geology or related sciences are eligible to apply. Students graduating in 2014 who have not started graduate school yet are also eligible. Preference is given to U.S. citizens and permanent residents.

Applications are due Feb. 3, 2014.

For more information, visit http://www.acsu.buffalo.edu/~tgregg/pggurp.html.

If you have questions about this opportunity, please email Robyn Wagner, PGGURP administrator, at pggurp@buffalo.edu.

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Don’t miss out on education-related opportunities available from NASA. For a full list of Current Opportunities, visit https://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/current-opps-index.html.

Visit NASA Education on the Web:
For Educators: https://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/index.html
For Students: https://www.nasa.gov/audience/forstudents/index.html
NASA Kids’ Club: https://www.nasa.gov/kidsclub

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