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College & University Student Opportunities



NASA offers numerous opportunities for college and university students.  For a full listing of these opportunities visit their website at

NASA Nebraska Space Grant may be able to offer funding support for some of these programs. Please let our office know if you are pursuing any of these opportunities.

NASA Education Associates Program

The NASA Education Associates Program (EAP) offers students, post-docs and faculty the opportunity to work with scientists and engineers on NASA projects. The NASA EAP is a unique workforce development program that provides hands-on experience for participants in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and other academic disciplines. The NASA EAP is a year-round program and has a variety of time frames available.

NASA EAP provides a flexible workforce solution for EAP Sponsors while enabling students and faculty to contribute their specialized skills and grow their knowledge while at the same time gaining practical experience in their chosen field or career pathway.

Visit the EAP Website


NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship (NESSF) Program 2014/2015 Academic Year

NASA announces a call for graduate fellowship proposals entitled NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship (NESSF) Program – 2014/2015 Academic Year. This call for graduate fellowship proposals solicits applications from accredited U.S. Universities on behalf of individuals pursuing Masters or Doctoral (Ph.D.) degrees in Earth and Space Sciences, or related disciplines, at respective institutions. The purpose of NESSF is to ensure continued training of a highly qualified workforce in disciplines needed to achieve NASA’s scientific goals outlined above.

Awards resulting from the competitive selection will be made in the form of training grants to the respective universities with the advisor serving as the principal investigator.

The financial support for the NESSF Program comes from the NASA Science Mission Directorate’s (SMD) four science divisions: Earth Science, Heliophysics, Planetary Science, and Astrophysics. For the 2014/2015 academic year, NASA expects to award approximately 50 new graduate fellowships in Earth Science, 3-5 in Heliophysics, 10 in Planetary Science, and 6-10 in Astrophysics.

Submission Deadlines:

Deadline for receipt of NEW applications: 11:59 p.m. EST, February 3, 2014

Deadline for receipt of RENEWAL applications: 11:59 p.m. EST, March 17, 2014

Announcement of Selections:

The target date to announce selection of new applications for award is May 15, 2014, with the start date of the all new fellowship awards of September 1, 2014. The target date to notify renewal students concerning the continuation of the fellowship award applicants is June 16, 2014.

For further information contact:

Program Administrator for NESSF Earth Science Research

Claire Macaulay at 202/358-0151 or by e-mail at 

Program Administrator for NESSF Heliophysics Research, Planetary Science Research, and Astrophysics Research Dolores Holland at (202) 358-0734 or by e-mail at


2014 NASA Human Exploration Rover Challenge
Audience: 9-12 & Higher Education Educators and Students
Registration Deadline for International Teams: Jan. 10, 2014
Registration Deadline for U.S. Teams: Feb. 7, 2014

NASA is seeking high school and college/university student teams to compete in the NASA Human Exploration Rover Challenge (formerly NASA's Great Moonbuggy Race). In this engineering design challenge that begins in the classroom, students work with teacher advisors to create a human-powered vehicle designed to traverse the simulated surface of another world while meeting certain NASA specifications. Student teams of up to six members are challenged to design, build and test technologies that enable vehicles to perform in a wide variety of environments.

The culminating event of the rover competition is scheduled for April 10-12, 2014, at the U. S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Ala., home of U.S. Space Camp and the official visitor center for NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center. The student teams will be timed, ranked and scored based on design, safety and how well they traverse the set course, which is a rugged half mile track of 15 obstacles meant to mimic some of the real terrain challenges of solar system exploration.

Corporate sponsors will award prizes for first, second and third place winners in both high school and college/university categories. Other prizes include a Featherweight Award, System Safety Design Award and a Telemetry/Electronics Award.

International teams must register by Jan. 10, 2014. U.S. teams must register by Feb. 7, 2014.

For more information about the competition and to register online, visit
International teams with questions about this event or registration may email Amy McDowell at U.S. teams with questions may contact Diedra Williams at

National Air and Space Museum Super Science Saturday Events
Audience: All Educators and Students

Join the National Air and Space Museum on the second Saturday of each month for Super Science Saturday at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Va. Through demonstrations and hands-on activities, visitors of all ages will become immersed in science, technology, engineering and mathematics topics related to aviation and space exploration. Each event takes place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Eastern Time. Admission is free, and parking is $15.

Upcoming topics include:
Feb. 8, 2014 -- Scientists & Inventors
March 8, 2014 -- Space Shuttle

For more information, visit
Questions about this series of lectures should be directed to

Free Smithsonian's Stars Lecture Series
Audience: All Educators and 9-Higher Education Students

Curious about our nearest star, water on Mars, the first trip to Pluto and other wonders of the universe? Come to the Smithsonian's Stars Lecture Series presented by Smithsonian researchers who are exploring the sun, the moon, planets, stars, galaxies and the universe. These speakers will share behind-the-scenes details about how their research is done and technologies that advance new discoveries. The lectures will be held at the Albert Einstein Planetarium at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C.

Each lecture begins at 5:15 p.m. ET and is followed by a question-and-answer session. A Discovery Station activity will take place at 4 p.m. prior to each lecture. Stay after the lecture to visit the museum's observatory, weather permitting.

Jan. 25, 2014 -- River Deposits on Mars
Alluvial fans provide evidence for water-related activity. Recent studies on Mars suggest the fans are younger than previously thought, providing new insight into the late-stage climate and habitability of the planet. Geologist Sharon Wilson Purdy will delve into river deposits on the Red Planet.

Feb. 8, 2014 -- On-Orbit Observing: An Astronaut's View of Our Universe
Astronauts have played an important role in astronomy since 1962. Learn how, as in-orbit surrogate astronomers, they provide images and impressions of astronomical sights and events beyond Earth’s atmosphere. Museum specialist Jennifer Levasseur will discuss in-orbit astronomical observations.

For more information about the Smithsonian's Stars Lecture Series, visit

Questions about this lecture series should be directed to the visitor service line at 202-633-1000.

The Smithsonian's Stars Lecture Series is made possible by a grant from NASA.

National Science Foundation Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program Preparation Webinars and Workshop
Audience: Higher Education Faculty
Informational Webinar Date: Jan. 14, 2014, at 3 p.m. EST
Proposal Deadline: March 5, 2014

The National Science Foundation's Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program seeks to encourage talented science, technology, engineering and mathematics majors and professionals to become K-12 mathematics and science teachers.

A Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Proposal Preparation Webinar is scheduled to take place Jan. 14, 2014. This 90-minute webinar will begin at 3 p.m. EST. The webinar is recommended for those considering submitting proposals.

A notice of intent from applicants is requested by Feb. 5, 2014. Full proposals for the Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program are due March 5, 2014.

For more information about the scholarship program and the informational webinars and workshop, visit
Questions about this opportunity should be directed to Betty Calinger at

NASA Announcement for High-Impact, National, Strategic STEM Education Partnerships -- Amended

Audience: Potential STEM Education Partners
Response Date: Jan. 23, 2014

NASA's Office of Education has amended the NASA Announcement for High-Impact, National, Strategic STEM Education Partnerships [EDUCATION01SP13] to reflect a new response date. The new response date is Jan. 23, 2014. NASA's Education portfolio is being strategically rescoped. NASA anticipates reissuing the announcement. NASA will not accept responses to this announcement after Jan. 23, 2014.


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