NASA Space Science Student Ambassadors Program
NASA is seeking to engage university students, both undergraduate and graduate students, to conduct activities that are designed to encourage undergraduate and graduate students to participate in NASA’s Space Science educational activities and to help generate excitement about NASA scientific discoveries in space science (astrophysics ( http://nasascience.nasa.gov/astrophysics ), planetary science ( http://nasascience.nasa.gov/planetary-science ) and heliophysics ( http://nasascience.nasa.gov/heliophysics )).
Students are encouraged to engage new audiences, partners, and members of underserved and/or underrepresented populations, including audiences with special needs. The philosophy underlying the intent of the program is as follows:Opportunities for youth and adults to make their own observations of the universe: These are intended to encompass a wide range of efforts, including naked-eye observations, in-person and on-line telescopic observations, and activities utilizing NASA data or facilities. The intent is to instill a personal sense of wonder and discovery, convey observation and exploration as an ongoing human endeavor, and/or connect ground-based and space-based astronomy for the public, as appropriate. Increasing awareness of space science: This includes strengthening scientific literacy in key science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) topics central to the sub-disciplines of astrophysics, planetary science, and heliophysics, with attention to findings from educational research concerning misconceptions and their impact on learning. The intent is to convey the human and multidisciplinary aspects of science, connecting history, culture, and science and highlighting the relationship between technology and discovery.
This program is an extension of the NASA International Year of Astronomy Student Ambassador (NIYSA) Program. NASA’s International Year of Astronomy website provides access to educational resources and serves as a guidance to the sort of activities students can get involved in. Applicants should also review NASA’s Space Science Strategy prior to completing an application.
AwardsUp to 50 students will be selected for a one-year award. A stipend of $2,000 will be provided for conducting the recipient's proposed activities. A reimbursement of up to $600 will be provided for materials, supplies, and travel expenses for the execution of their activities.
Requirements for NASA Space Science Student AmbassadorsMust be U.S. citizens, at least 18 years old as of January 1, 2010, and in an institution of higher learning that is a member of the state Space Grant Consortium ( http://national.spacegrant.org/info/web.html ) Full time student- graduate or undergraduate Participate in activities that align with the NASA Space Science goals “to offer an engaging astronomy experience to every person in the country, nurture existing partnerships, and build new connections to sustain public interested in sapce science” to help generate excitement Meet with the Space Grant Director or their designee to discuss your activities and the progress thereof. Complete a final report on the activities that you conducted. Student Ambassadors will be strongly encouraged to attend a mid-year Workshop organized by NASA, where they will be required to present their work either in the form of a poster or orally. NASA will provide a limited travel budget to defray some of the travel cost.
Application ProcessReview NASA’s Space Science Strategy ( http://nasascience.nasa.gov/about-us/science-strategy ) Develop a plan by which you will spread the excitement of NASA’s Space Science discoveries within your local community and beyond. This plan may concentrate on one of the three space science disciplines (astrophysics ( http://nasascience.nasa.gov/astrophysics ), planetary science ( http://nasascience.nasa.gov/planetary-science ) and heliophysics ( http://nasascience.nasa.gov/heliophysics )) or be cross borders. Complete an online ( https://secure.spacegrant.org/apps/?pk=nssa ) application by April 29, 2010 Secure an on-line letter of recommendation by May 2, 2010 from someone that can attest to your character and your ability to carry out your proposed activities. Awards will be announced in mid May
Evaluation CriteriaThe extent that the proposed activities are clearly aligned with and support the NASA Space Science goals. (35%) The extent that the student has the skills and capability to carry out the proposed effort (35%) Impact of activity on large and/or diverse audiences (10%) Academic achievement (20%)
Jana Hall, Controller and Program Coordinator, Maine Space Grant Consortium, 87 Winthrop St., Suite 200, Augusta, ME 04330
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