The primary goal of the Space Life Sciences Training Program (SLSTP) is to train the next generation of scientists and engineers, enabling NASA to meet future research and development challenges in the space life sciences. SLSTP provides undergraduate students with the opportunity to perform cutting-edge research and discover exciting careers in Space Biology at NASA’s Ames Research Center located in Silicon Valley, California. Due to the pandemic, SLSTP has been held virtually starting in 2020, and will be held remotely in 2022 as well. Research Associates (RA) are paired with a mentor for individual research projects in areas such as molecular, cell, organismal or synthetic biology, bioinformatics or bioengineering. In addition, the cohort of RAs design and execute a group project.
The SLSTP is an equal opportunity program. Admission is by competitive application process. Past student participants were selected for their outstanding merit, passion for space, and desire to study space life science. Applicants must fulfill the following requirements:
- be a US citizen*
- be in high academic standing (GPA of 3.2 or greater)
- have a minimum age of 18
- be a junior or senior undergraduate student fall of 2022
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a senior graduating in spring 2022 and entering graduate school fall of 2022
- have a passion for space and a desire to study space life science
*Citizens of US territories Puerto Rico, Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Northern Marianas are U.S. citizens. Permanent Resident foreign nationals, Legal Resident Aliens, Work Permit holders, and undocumented immigrants are not eligible.
The SLSTP application deadline is January 10, 2022. The 10-week program begins on June 6, 2022 and ends August 12, 2022. RAs accepted into the program receive a stipend.