Archive for February, 2016

Florida Space Grant Research faculty awardee in 2012, recipient of the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers

Florida Space Grant Research faculty awardee in 2012, recipient of the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers

Dr Michel Manuel from the University of Florida received seed funding from the Florida Space Grant Consortium and Space Florida in 2012 for her research titled “Crack closure and intrinsic toughening mechanism for shape memory alloy embedded composites”. Five days ago she received the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers. Here is the link to the White House press release.

Link to the University of Florida newspaper

According to Dr. Manuel  “The NASA Florida Space Grant Consortium has supported my NASA projects for a number of years through senior design projects and a research grant. These funds helped me leverage our larger program on self-healing materials, thus enabling me to achieve this award.  I am grateful that the consortium saw fit to support my work at the very beginning stages of my career.  I could not have achieved this without their support.”

michele manuel

Image courtesy the Allligator newspaper. Dr. Manuel is fourth from left, in the back row

Airport Cooperative Research Program 2015-2016 Graduate Research Awards — Applications Due May 15

Airport Cooperative Research Program 2015-2016 Graduate Research Awards

Managed by the Virginia Space Grant Consortium, this program provides graduate students $10,000 research award, the perks of two national expert advisors, and opportunities to present with expenses paid at the Transportation Research Board Annual Conference in Washington, DC and to potentially publish their research in the Transportation Research Review—the peer-reviewed journal of the Transportation Research Board of the National Academies. The award covers a wide range of research disciplines.

Students must have a faculty advisor. They must also be enrolled full time in a graduate program at an institution of higher education in the United States or Canada during the period of the award and be a U.S. or Canadian citizen or permanent resident.  Active student visa holders are also eligible. 

Major research topic areas of interest include but are not limited to the following:

Learn more at:

The comprehensive application must be submitted by May 15, 2016 through the online submission system.

Questions can be addressed to


2016 North Carolina SpaceGrant/Connecticut SG Aircraft Readiness Engineering Workshop

North Carolina Space Grant is excited to announce that registration for the 2016 NCSG/CTSG Aircraft Readiness Engineering Workshop is now open.  This will be the second biannual workshop in partnership with the Connecticut Space Grant to bring practical helicopter, UAV and aviation experiences to university and community college students.

Date:          June 12-17, 2016
Location:   Havelock, NC (instruction to be held at the Naval Fleet Readiness Center-East and NC State University Engineering at Craven Community College)
Cost:           $1300 (includes room and board, instruction from university and Department of Defense engineers, and tour of Military VTOL aircraft squadron))

Space Life Sciences Training Program (SLSTP)

Space Life Sciences Training Program (SLSTP)


The Space Life Sciences Training Program (SLSTP) is seeking student applications for the 2016 summer program, which will run from June 13 to August 19, 2016 at NASA Ames Research Center. The Space Life Sciences Training Program (SLSTP) provides undergraduate students entering their junior or senior years with professional experience in space life science disciplines. The primary goal of the program is to train the next generation of scientists and engineers, enabling NASA to meet future research and development challenges in the space life sciences.

Students who are interested may apply through NASA’s One Stop Shopping Initiative (OSSI) website. Prospective applicants must pre-register for a student account and create an interest profile on the OSSI student login page.

The summer application window closes March 1, 2016, but the SLSTP management team will begin reviewing applications starting February 1, 2016. Selections will be completed by early March, 2016 and will continue until all positions are filled.  Each SLSTP opportunity requires a separate narrative statement detailing why the individual would like to work on that specific project.  Please email Hami Ray at with any questions. 

Please note that in addition to the research project, the SLSTP program includes a group project, and some project based training. These are mandatory activities and are estimated to be ~20% of all SLSTP students’ effort.

Information on the SLSTP program can be found at:

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