Opportunities and Resources for STEM Outreach and Professional Development

Culturally Inclusive Planetary Engagement: Workshops in 2023

Planetary scientists and astrobiologists (including graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, engineers, and technicians) and informal (out-of-school time) educators are invited to apply to attend a 2023 Culturally Inclusive Planetary Engagement professional development workshop organized by the LPI. During these workshops, scientists and educators are paired together and supported in bi-directional conversations around diversity and inclusion in engaging Black and Latinx audiences in planetary science. Visit 2023 Culturally Inclusive Planetary Engagement Workshops to learn more.

Scientists in Parks

The Scientists in Parks Program seeks motivated applicants to complete numerous exciting projects in America’s national parks. The program is committed to providing all aspiring professionals, especially those underrepresented in science, with a unique opportunity to work on important real-world projects while building professional experience and a lifelong connection to America’s national parks. The next application period will open in May 2023 for positions starting between October 2023 and April 2024. Visit current positions to learn more.

Citizen Science “Dark Energy Explorers” Project

Dark Energy Explorers | Science Mission Directorate Dark energy makes the whole universe expand faster and faster. But what causes this spectacular process? The Dark Energy Explorers project needs the help of citizen scientists to solve this puzzle. You and your audiences can help by looking through images of distant galaxies and other data to help build a map of the universe, focusing on regions about 10 billion light-years away. Visit Dark Energy Explorers to learn more.

Become a GLOBE Scientist

Precipitation Education GLOBE is a worldwide science and education program supported by NASA, NSF, and NOAA that connects students, teachers, and STEM professionals to advance the understanding of Earth as a system. The GLOBE International STEM Network (GISN) is the bridge connecting the researchers of today with those of tomorrow. GISN scientists promote Earth science in schools, act as mentors, or volunteer to form meaningful relationships with students and teachers. Visit GISN to learn more.


Spotlight on Education highlights events and programs that provide opportunities for planetary scientists to become involved in education and public engagement. If you know of space science educational programs or events that should be included, please contact the Lunar and Planetary Institute's Education Department at [email protected].