Category Archives: Education

USRA Scholarship Awards Deadline is July 31

USRA-Logo-RGBThe USRA Scholarship Awards provide college scholarship awards to students who have shown a career interest in science or engineering with an emphasis on space research or space science education. Up to four scholarship awards are presented to undergraduate students each fall. Applicants must be full-time undergraduate students attending a four-year accredited college or university that offers courses leading to a degree in science or engineering, and applicants must be within two years of earning a BS degree in a field of science or engineering, including life science and science education, by the time the award is received. Apply online – the deadline is July 31.

Space, Earth Science and Technology Exhibitions for Public Libraries


The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office, in collaboration with the Space Science Institute’s National Center for Interactive Learning, the Lunar and Planetary Institute and the Afterschool Alliance, invites public libraries to apply to host one of three science- and technology-focused traveling exhibitions. The exhibitions — which are ideal for small libraries, requiring only 200 square feet of display space — are designed to promote STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) learning opportunities for all ages. Apply to host a space, earth science or technology exhibition at your public library. Guidelines and an application can be found online.

NASM’s STEM in 30 Program


The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum has an archive of their “STEM in 30” program presentations online. The program consists of live, fast-paced, 30-minute webcasts designed to increase interest and engagement in STEM for students. Archived presentations cover a variety of space-related topics. Stay tuned for more dates and topics.

Fall Session NASA Internship Application Deadline May 31


Applications are being accepted now for 2015 fall session NASA internships. NASA internships are educational hands-on opportunities that provide unique NASA-related research and operational experiences for high school, undergraduate, graduate students, and educators. Internships can be full or part-time, conducted at a NASA facility, contractor facility, or anywhere activities are ongoing to advance NASA’s missions. Mentors can be civil servants, contractors, or faculty conducting activities directly related to NASA’s unique assets and ongoing mission activities. The deadline to apply is May 31.

SkyFest on May 9 – The Dawn Mission Arrives at Ceres


Join us at the Lunar and Planetary Institute on Saturday, May 9, from 7:30 – 9:30 pm for the next SkyFest event, “i C Ceres: The Dawn Mission Arrives at Ceres.” There will be hands-on activities, and, with assistance from the JSC Astronomical Society, there will be viewing of the night sky. The event is free and open to explorers of all ages, but children must be accompanied by a responsible parent or adult the entire time they are visiting the LPI.