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Undergraduate Opportunities

The New York Space Grant (NYSG) Consortium supports undergraduate research opportunities in space-related fields with various programs. Each year, undergraduates have the opportunity to participate in research during the summer and/or throughout the year in on-going projects sponsored by NASA

Under the guidance of leading experts in their fields, undergraduates conduct research in a variety of science and engineering disciplines. The following programs are accepting applications:

STEM opportunities for college students and faculty Internships funded by New York Space Grant Consortium and/or NASA Other undergraduate internship opportunities (links will open in new window)
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NASA Glenn Research Center University Student Design Challenge

"Future Air Vehicles - Concepts and Operations in Metropolitan Areas"

Participating teams must consider energy consumption, noise, emissions, cost, alternative energy and safety. Specifically, this aeronautics design challenge will relate to integrating aeronautics into commuter travel in metropolitan areas. Submissions will answer the quest for how a community would look, if aeronautics vehicles are used as a means to travel within city limits. A full description and requirements of the aeronautics project will be provided at the USDC kick-off meetings on December 5, 2016 and January 18, 2017.

To participate, a student team must
  • include a minimum of three undergraduate students (full-time students, sophomore through senior year),
  • be enrolled in an accredited U.S. academic institution,
  • be comprised of U.S. citizens or combination of U.S. and Non-U.S. Citizens, and
  • have a faculty advisor.

Application Deadline: November 23, 2016

  • Faculty advisors must register via e-mail
  • The team's Point of Contact (POC) must fill out an online registration form
More information and the application can be found at If you have any questions, please email

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Caltech Space Challenge

The 2017 Caltech Space Challenge (March 26-31, 2017) is a prestigious event in which undergraduate and graduate students from around the world compete in designing a space-related mission. The theme for the 2017 Challenge is Lunarport. Students will design a launch and supply station on the Moon to refuel deep-space mission payloads. Participants will work in a unique mutidisciplinary environment with other students, faculty, and engineers from NASA JPL and leading aerospace industry (such as Airbus and SpaceX). All expenses while at Caltech for the event are paid, and a partial to full (depending on the cost) travel reimbursement will be issued.

Full-time, post-secondary students during the 2016-2017 academic year (undergraduate or graduate students) from any nationality are eligible to apply. Students from a broad range of backgrounds are sought out to apply: from engineering and science, to graphic design and business/project management.

The deadline to apply is December 1, 2016, 10:00 am PT (6:00 pm GMT).
See for more info and the online application. If you have any questions, please email

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Cornell University EEB & NBB PhD Diversity and Inclusion Recruitment Weekend

The Cornell University Departments of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EEB) and Neurobiology and Behavior (NBB) are pleased to announce our first PhD Diversity and Inclusion Recruitment Weekend happening April 21-23, 2017. This event will introduce attendees to our departments and connect them with faculty members that share research interests, as well as to help familiarize them with the graduate school application process. Participant housing and meals will be covered, as well as up to $400 in travel expenses. We are accepting applications from underrepresented minority and first-generation college students who are interested in applying to graduate school during the fall/winter 2017 application cycle.

The deadline for applications is December 1, 2016.
More information and the application can be found at
If you have any questions, please email

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Brooke Owens Fellowship Program for undergraduate women

The Brooke Owens Fellowship Program offers paid internships at leading aviation and space companies and organizations for passionate, exceptional women seeking their undergraduate degree. ...Brooke Owens Fellows are women currently seeking the equivalent of an undergraduate degree - through a college, university, or community college - in any field who intend to pursue a full-time career in the aviation or aerospace industry.

Women of all ages, ethnicities, and socioeconomic backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Applicants can come from a wide range of academic or professional disciplines: engineering, science, aeronautics and pilot training, law and policy, business, non-profit management, history, art, or anything else. However, successful applicants must be able to draw a convincing connection between their chosen field(s) and aviation or space exploration. Note that due to export control regulations, internships at many host institutions may be restricted to US citizens or US permanent residents (green card holders).

Application deadline: December 5, 2016

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High Altitude Student Platform Call for Proposals

The Call for Payloads (CFP) is now available for the September 2017 flight of the High Altitude Student Platform (HASP). HASP can support up to 12 student payloads (providing power, telemetry and commanding) during a flight to an altitude of 122,000 feet for up to 20 hours - for more info, see The NASA Balloon Program Office and Louisiana Space Grant Consortium anticipate flying HASP at least through 2017. There is no cost for launch and flight operations. Student teams will need to raise their own funds to support the development of their payload and, if necessary, for travel to Palestine, TX for HASP integration and Ft. Sumner, NM for flight operations.

Details about previous HASP flights and the student payloads flown can be found on the Flight Information page of the HASP website. Details on the payload constraints and interface with HASP as well as online access to the CFP materials can be found on the Participant Info page of the HASP website.

Applications are due December 16, 2016. Selections will be announced by mid-January 2017.

If you have any questions about the application materials or HASP, feel free to contact us at
There will be a Q&A Teleconference about HASP and the application process on Friday, November 11, 2016 at 10:00 am (central time). Groups who have previously flown on HASP as well as new organizations should plan on attending this teleconference. To participate, dial in to 1-844-467-4685 a few minutes prior to the conference time. When requested enter the conference ID number 780290 followed by the # key.

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2017 NASA Marshall Faculty Fellowship Program for college/university faculty

The application window for the 2017 NASA Marshall Faculty Fellowship program is now open, and the deadline to apply is February 15, 2017. The fellowship is open to any full-time teaching or research faculty at an accredited US university or college. For full eligibility details and program rules, download this flyer [PDF].

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Internships at NASA centers

The One Stop Shopping Initiative (OSSI): Student Online Application for Recruiting Interns, Fellows, and Scholars is "a NASA-wide system for the recruitment, application, selection and career development of undergraduate and graduate students primarily in science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines. Opportunities for students in other disciplines are available." Using the OSSI web site, a student can search and apply for multiple NASA opportunities using a single application.

Depending on funding from NASA, the New York Space Grant Consortium is one of the many organizations that anticipates funding undergraduate students for NASA summer 2017 internships. To be eligible for NY Space Grant funding, a full-time student must (1) be a United States citizen, and (2) be a New York state resident or attend a New York college/university, and (3) be majoring in a STEM (science, technology, engineering, or math) discipline. Additional eligibility requirements exist for each specific internship opportunity. Women and students from underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.

Search opportunities and apply using the link below:

>>NASA's OSSI system

March 1, 2017 is the deadline for submitting summer 2017 applications through OSSI. However, students are strongly encouraged to complete applications ASAP, since internship offers may be extended as early as February 2017.

For questions or more information, please e-mail

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