Application Deadline: April 8, 2008 12:00 Midnight
Notification: June 9, 2008
What are the qualifications and considerations?
Seven new fellowships will be awarded to students pursuing graduate
studies at Penn State in the following colleges: Agricultural
Sciences, Engineering, and the Eberly College of Science. In addition, seven students in the
following colleges will receive second year awards: Agricultural Sciences, Earth & Mineral Science, Engineering, the Eberly College of Science,
Health & Human Development, the Intercollege Research Programs. Each fellow will receive a
supplemental stipend of $5,000 for the 2008-2009 and 2009-2010 academic
Fellowships will be awarded to outstanding
students in fields of study that promote the understanding, assessment,
and utilization of Space and align with the NASA Mission Directorates:
Aeronautics Research, Exploration Systems, Science, and Space
Operations. To learn more about NASA research priorities, please see
the following research program homepages: Earth Science, Space Science, Biological and Physical Research, Aerospace Technology, and Space Flight. Fields of study in most departments are eligible. Click here to view a list of our current Graduate Fellows.
Applicants must be U.S. citizens.
keeping with the National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program
goals, fellows will participate in mentoring or education outreach
activities (for grades K-16 or the general public) for a minimum of ten
hours per semester.
Fellowships are awarded for two-year terms. Application and competition for awards
occurs annually and fellows may apply for the fellowship for a two-year term in
subsequent years. Students from underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply.
What mentoring activities have Fellows done in the past?
Space Grant Graduate Fellows have fulfilled their mentoring responsibilities by participating in a variety
of activities: assisting with the PA Farm Show, visiting classrooms, presenting lectures, assisting with
educator workshops, facilitating a planetarium show, and tutoring students. Click here for more mentoring ideas.
How do I apply?
- The NASA Space Grant Fellowship Application.
- Letter of nomination by department or program head including a guarantee of
financial support for the student during the fellowship year or a statement of the
external support provided to the student. (This letter must be sent by nominator to firstname.lastname@example.org, in PDF or Word DOC format, to be added to the application.)
- Two letters of recommendation: one from the department head or thesis advisor,
and one from someone else who knows your professional capabilities (These letters must be sent to email@example.com, in PDF or word DOC format, to be added to the application.)
- Resume including education, work experience, previous awards, honors,
publications, scholarships, fellowships. (Uploaded in word DOC format)
- Proposed plan of study for incoming students and proposed plan of research for
advanced graduate students (not to exceed two typed pages), which includes some
discussion of how the study or research project could be of interest to the national
space program. (Uploaded in word DOC format)
- A biographical statement, of not more than three pages, describing your academic
journey to date. In an effort to measure achievement more accurately, we wish to
know how far each applicant has come. To this end, please include information on
special burdens you faced due to low income, race, gender, rural background,
disabilities or other disadvantages. The purpose of this approach is solely to identify
the highest achievers and award on merit. No disadvantage will be used to replace
excellence in the selection process. (Uploaded in word DOC format)
- A brief description of your interest in and ideas for mentoring or education outreach activities. (Uploaded in word DOC format)
- Transcripts from all universities and colleges attended (official or unofficial copies) (Uploaded in PDF format)
- GRE scores (official or unofficial copy). (Uploaded in PDF format)
Selection will be made by a committee of faculty, staff, and students.
How do I get more information?
For information and assistance contact:
Pennsylvania Space Grant Consortium
Tel: (814) 865-2535
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