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NASA Olympionics

NASA Olympionics

The NASA Olympionics program will recruit students from Florida Community Colleges and engage them in a STEM Education program focused on simplified versions of NASA’s traditional challenges/projects targeted at four year universities.  The program will culminate in students traveling to Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex to participate in an “Olympic” style event, in which they will compete on teams in three different technical challenges.  Students who are accepted and who complete the program will be awarded a $5,000 scholarship.  They, along with other community college students, will also be invited to participate in a NASA Virtual Opportunity Fair.  The fair shall be held online and provide students with the ability to meet one-on-one via webcam with representatives from universities and colleges, as well as NASA Centers and STEM industry employers regarding internships.

The selected shools are:

1. Florida Keys Community College

2. Hillsborough Community College

3. North Florida Community College

Ten students will be selected from each of the three schools, each year, through a competitive application process .  The ten students will be divided into two different teams at the school. This will result in six teams traveling to the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex to compete in the Olympionics.  A total of 60 students will be served over the two year period of this program.

The overarching concept of Olympionics is to create a pipeline to matriculate students from two-year community colleges into STEM majors at four year universities.  This will be accomplished by (a) involving these students in simplified versions of NASA challenges/projects so that they are aware, inspired by, and are better prepared to compete in the full versions at four year universities, (b) using virtual technology to connect students with STEM programs at universities and four-year colleges who participate in these challenges, and (c) using virtual technology to connect students to internship opportunities at NASA and space industry contractors that are involved in the research and development of the technologies associated with these challenges.

For more information on the program, please go to

Florida Space Internship Program

Florida Space Internship Program

Space Life Sciences Lab, Exploration Park at Kennedy Space Center

The NASA Florida Space Grant Consortium (FSGC) and Space Florida (SF) are partnering in a STEM Internship Program at the Space Life Sciences Laboratory (SLSL), Exploration Park at KSC, during summer 2015.  FSGC will act as the Lead in this program and will have final decision on the selection of potential STEM mentors and interns.  The 2015 program will comprise 2 SLSL internships of 10 weeks duration. The 2015 internship program will commence on June 1, and conclude on August 7, 2015. This will be a paid internship of $5,000 for the 10-week program.

The goal of the Internship program will be to train and recruit Florida science/engineering students (US citizens only) into the aerospace & aviation workforce as future employees, while encouraging further study and academic achievement. Particular emphasis will be directed towards building and strengthening allegiances between Space Florida, Florida Space Grant Consortium, NASA-KSC, Florida Universities, as well as Space Life Sciences Laboratory & Exploration Park tenants.

For more information about the SLSL please visit:

Application and Program structure

Please note that you have to first register at before being able to apply online

 Selected Projects for Summer of 2015

1. Dust Atmospheric Recovery Technology (DART) System - Dr. Andrew Schuerger, University of Florida

2. Generating metabolic networks of the modern stromatolite microbiome - Dr. Jamie Foster, University of Florida

Internship Information

(a) Interns will be paid a total of $5,000, in two stages. 60% of the stipend will be paid to the student within 4 days of the internship start date, provided the interns have submitted the paperwork provided to them after the notice of their selection and before the start of their internships. Selected students will be given sufficient time to complete their paperwork. Interns will work a 10-week internship, 8 hours a day, precise times to be as agreed with Mentors.

(b) Interns will require their own laptops and must be US citizens.

(c) Interns will be orientated with the safety/security regulations/operations at SLSL, KSC and CCAFS.

(d) During Internship, Interns may be provided with an on-site tour of Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, with other opportunities to be arranged. This will raise awareness amongst the interns of the economic impact of the aerospace program in the US as well as current research.

(e) Interns will be provided with clear and written instructions as to their behavior, timekeeping, dress and the accepted standards of performance while they are interning at the SLSL/Exploration Park.

(f) Mentors will ensure that the SLSL interns have sufficient work to carry on with during their internship at the SLSL. Mentors will also assume full responsibility for the activities and behavior of their interns, while in the work zone.

(g) At the conclusion of the Internships, both mentors and interns will complete Final Technical Report and Activity Report which will be copied to both FSGC and SF.

(h) Towards the conclusion of the internship, the students will be invited to make a presentation of their work accomplishments to a gathering of Mentors and other invited space industry guests at the SLSL.

(i) FSGC reserves the right to require additional information / reports / waivers as may be required to comply with funding agency requirements at any time during the internship and within 1 year from the internship end date.

(j) Student selection preference will be given to new applicants.


Internship Schedule (2015):



1. Shaun Abdelkarim (Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University) Project: Development of Microsensors for Biological Research” under the guidance of Dr. Andrew Schuerger

2. Mary Elizabeth Bishop (Florida State College at Jacksonville) Project: “Microgravity Induced Differential Gene Regulation in the Symbiotic Bacterium Vibrio Fisheri” under the guidance of Dr. Jamie Foster

3. Kimberly Cranmore (University of Central Florida) Project: “Assessing the Impact of Microgravity on the Innate Immune System Using the Squid-Vibrio Model System” under the guidance of Dr. Jamie Foster

4. Jessica Page (Florida Institute of Technology) Project: “Survival and Growth of Spacecraft Microorganisms Under Mars Simulated Conditions” under the guidance of Dr. Andrew Schuerger

5. Fernando Valbuena (University of Central Florida) Project: “Aerobiology of Atmospheric Dusts Over Florida: A Possible Source of Contamination on Planetary Spacecraft at KSC” under the guidance of Dr. Andrew Schuerger

Final presentations by the SLSL interns

at the Space Life Sciences Lab


NATHANIEL GARLAND  (UFL)  “SyNRGE3-Symbiotic-Nodulation-in-a-Reduced-Gravity-Environment-­‐Cubed” under the guidance of Dr. Michael Roberts
KELLY GRAY  (FIT)  “Optimization-of-growth-conditions-for-Synechocystis-SK-­‐14” under the guidance of Dr. Deborah Wells.  
KIMBERLY LINEBERGER   (FIT)  “Microbial-Monitoring-Comparing-qPCR-Platforms-for-ISS-Integration” under the guidance of Dr. David Smith.
RAED NARVEL  (UFL)  “Development-of-Antibiotic-Resistant-Microbes-During-Human-Space-Flight” under the guidance of Dr. Wayne Nicholson

Florida Space Research Program (FSRP)

2015 Florida Space Research Program

The Florida Space Research Program (FSRP), formerly called Florida Space Research & Education Grant Program (FSREGP), is jointly funded by the Florida Space Grant Consortium, and Space Florida. Its purpose is to support the expansion and diversification of Florida’s space industry by increasing statewide academic involvement in space research, engineering, education, and training programs that are consistent with the state’s space industry priorities. This matching grant program combines state, federal, and other funds for competitive award to projects sponsored within, or conducted in partnership with, the state’s public and private academic institutions. Teaming with industry, nonprofit institutions, and federal agencies is strongly encouraged. K-12 collaboration is also encouraged on appropriate projects.

The eligibility for these grants are as follows:

Grants are intended for faculty researchers from FSGC affiliated universities and colleges. Proposals from non-affiliated Florida universities, colleges, community colleges, and industry will be viewed more favorably if the project involves collaborations with FSGC affiliates. Other non-academic organizations are also eligible to receive grant awards, especially if their proposed projects include involvement with FSGC affiliates. Preference will be given to rpopsoals that are aligned with NASA’s piorities

Notice of Intent by April 28, 2015

Deadline: Proposals due by May 29, 2015

Notification of Award – July 31, 2015 (subject to receipt of  funding from NASA and Space Florida for 2015 program cycle)

1 ANNOUNCEMENT OF OPPORTUNITY Learn about the program, its eligibility requirements, how to apply and reporting requirements.
(Adobe PDF Format and Word Document)
2 RESEARCH OPPORTUNITIES Find the best matching research opportunity at various NASA centers
3 ONLINE APPLICATION Read detailed instructions to register and successfully complete your online application.

Space Grant Fellowship Program

 Due to federal budget cuts, FSGC is discontinuing the Space Grant Fellowship program. We will honor the multi-year awards given in 2013 and 2014


We will be initiating a new program called Dissertation Improvement Fellowship. Details will be announced by mid-March 2015

2014-15 Fellowship Program

The Space Grant Fellowship Program provides a prestigious instrument to reward and attract the best and the brightest of US citizens to space-related careers. The program is also designed to enhance cooperation among FSGC-affiliated university faculty and peers in industry, government and private laboratories. Accordingly, each Fellow will receive an Academic Year fellowship stipend of $21,000 for full-time doctoral study, renewable for 2 additional years or $12,000 for full time Master’s study, renewable for 1 additional year.

Florida Space Grant Fellows are expected to be involved in FSGC outreach activities. These activities will differ from campus to campus and a specific assignment will be made after consultation with the FSGC representative at that institute.

Eligible Fields: All nominees shall be enrolled in masters or doctoral programs with the intent of pursuing “space” research broadly defined to include aeronautics and astronautics, remote sensing, atmospheric sciences, and other fundamental sciences and technologies relying on and/or directly impacting space technological resources. Included within this definition are space science, earth observing science, space life sciences, space medicine, space policy, law, and engineering, astronomy and astrophysics, space facilities and applications, and space education.

Preference will be given to projects that are aligned with NASA’s priorities

Notification of Award – June, 2014 (subject to availability of funds)

1 ANOUNCEMENT OF OPPORTUNITY Learn about the program, its eligibility requirements, how to apply and reporting requirements.
(Adobe PDF Format and Word Document)
2 RESEARCH OPPORTUNITITES Find the best matching research opportunity at various NASA centers
3 ONLINE APPLICATION Read detailed instructions to register and successfully complete your online application.
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