Archive for January, 2017

The Space Life Sciences Training Program (SLSTP) is seeking student applications for the 2017 summer program

The Space Life Sciences Training Program (SLSTP) is seeking student applications for the 2017 summer program. The program will run from June 12 to August 18, 2017 at NASA Ames Research Center. 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. 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.  

Students who are interested may apply through the SLSTPapp website. Prospective applicants must create a student account on the SLSTPapp website.

The summer application window closes February 20, 2017, 1700 EST, but the SLSTP management team will begin reviewing applications starting February 1, 2017. Selections will be completed by early March, 2017. While preparing your application you will be asked to provide a narrative statement detailing your relevant experience and why you would like to work on each of the specific projects you select.

Information on the SLSTP program can be found at:

Please email Hami Ray with any questions. 

RockOn workshop – building a sounding rocket payload

RockOn 2017

The RockOn workshop is the next step beyond BalloonSats. During the workshop, teams of 3 build a sounding rocket payload from a kit in three days and launch it into space on the sixth day. Since 2008, 448 people have participated in the RockOn workshops and successfully built and launched 146 payloads to space. The hardware in the kit may be used on future RockSat (and possibly CubeSat) flights. NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility will again be providing the rocket (two stage Terrier-Orion) and launch operations during the 2017 workshop. This hands-on workshop is about learning to build sounding rocket payloads, not rockets. RockOn is supported by the Colorado and Virginia Space Grant programs with significant cost sharing from Wallops and NASA Education. The registration for the 2017 RockOn workshop, is $899 if your register by March 23, 2017 ($999 after), which includes kit hardware (that teams take home), breakfast and lunch each day plus one dinner, t-shirt, handbook, software, and more plus a priceless experience.

 Registration ends on May 1st, 2017.  The workshop is June 17-22, 2017.  The website is 

68th International Astronautical Congress (IAC) in Adelaide, Australia – Call for Abstracts


The 68th International Astronautical Congress in Adelaide, Australia

NASA announces its intent to participate in the 68th International Astronautical Congress (IAC) and requests that full-time U.S. graduate students attending U.S. universities respond to this “Call for Abstracts.”

The IAC – which is organized by the International Astronautical Federation (IAF), the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA), and the International Institute of Space Law (IISL) – is the largest space-related conference world-wide and selects an average of 1000 scientific papers every year. The upcoming IAC will be held September 25-29, 2017 in Adelaide, Australia. NASA’s participation in this event is an on-going effort to continue to bridge NASA with the astronautical and space international community.

This “Call for Abstracts” is a precursor to a subsequent submission of a final paper, which may be presented at the 68th IAC. Student authors are invited to submit an abstract regarding an original, unpublished paper that has not been submitted in any other forum. A NASA technical review panel will select abstracts from those that have been accepted by the IAF. This opportunity is for graduate students majoring in fields related to the IAF research topics. Students may submit technical (oral) presentations and/or posters. Students may submit abstracts that are co-authored with their Principal Investigators. However, the student must be the “lead author,” and only the student will present at the IAC. Students must be available to travel to the conference to represent NASA and their universities. Students must be U.S. citizens, attending a U.S. university, who plan to enter a career in space science or aeronautics. Pending the availability of funding, graduate students selected by NASA to participate in the IAC will be considered for subsidy funding from NASA.

Many students and professors are currently involved in NASA related research that could be considered for this submission. Students submitting abstracts are strongly encouraged to seek advice from professors, who are conducting NASA research and/or from NASA scientists and engineers. Abstracts must be related to NASA’s ongoing vision for space exploration and fit into one of the following IAC categories:

The criteria for the selection will be defined according to the following specifications:

Abstracts must be written in English and the length should not exceed 400 words. Tables or drawings are not allowed in the abstract.

NOTE: If you plan to seek assistance from NASA, you must submit to the IAF and to NASA. NASA abstracts must be received no later than 11:59 PM EST on February 27, 2017.

IAC Paper Selection:
Submitted abstracts will be evaluated by the Session Chairs on the basis of technical quality and relevance to the session topics. Selected abstracts may be chosen for eventual oral or poster presentation. Any such choice is not an indication of quality of the submitted abstract. Their evaluation will be submitted to the Symposium Coordinators, who will make acceptance recommendations to the International Programme Committee, which will make the final decision. Please note that any relevance to the Congress main theme will be considered as an advantage.

The following information must be included in the submission: paper title, name of contact author, name of co-author(s), organization(s), full postal address, phone, email of the author and co-author(s). Abstract should specify purpose, methodology, results and conclusions and should indicate that substantive technical and/or programmatic content, as well as clearly indicate that the material is new and original and explain why and how.

Please check the IAF website ( regularly to get the latest updates on the Technical Programme.

U.S. Department of Energy EERE Robotics Internship Program

U.S. Department of Energy EERE Robotics Internship Program

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy is accepting applications from students interested in hands-on, 10-week practical robotics internships at federal national laboratories and organizations in the private sector throughout the United States. Participants will perform research or other technical activities under the guidance of a mentor who is a technical staff scientist or engineer at the host facility.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens and at least 18 years old by May 1, 2017. High school seniors and college students/recent graduates are encouraged to apply. Experience in robotics competitions is preferred.

Applications are due Feb. 13, 2017, at 8 a.m. EST.

Additional information about the program may be found at

Please direct inquiries about this opportunity to

2016-2017 NASA College and University Aeronautics Design Challenges: Supersonic Business Jet and Low Noise Subsonic Transport


2016-2017 NASA College and University Aeronautics Design Challenges: Supersonic Business Jet and Low Noise Subsonic Transport

NASA’s Aeronautics Mission Directorate is seeking entries for the 2016-2017 NASA College and University Aeronautics Design Challenge. Students are invited to submit technical papers outlining their solutions for one of two aeronautics design challenges.

The Supersonic Business Jet Challenge seeks ideas for a commercial supersonic business jet that might fly in 2025 and that meets NASA’s goals for noise, emissions, speed, range, payload and fuel efficiency. The Low Noise Subsonic Transport Challenge seeks designs for a large commercial airliner that would enter service between 2025 and 2035 and would address NASA’s goals for reductions in noise, emissions and fuel use.

The contest is open to teams of full-time students enrolled in higher education institutions of the United States or its territories. This particular design challenge is for colleges and universities only. Multidisciplinary teams are encouraged.

An optional notice of intent is requested by Feb. 1, 2017. Final entries are due June 1, 2017.

For more information and a complete list of rules, visit

Questions about the challenge should be directed to Elizabeth Ward at

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