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Sylvia Stein Memorial Space Grant Scholarship

Application Deadline: April 15, 2005
Notification: May 16, 2005

About Sylvia Stein

Sylvia SteinDr. Sylvia Stein was the director of the Pennsylvania Space Grant Consortium from 1990-1993. She was known for her energy, creativity, and commitment to the welfare and rights of others. The selection committee looks for these traits in the applicants.

About the Sylvia Stein Memorial Space Grant Scholarship

The Sylvia Stein Memorial Space Grant Scholarship is awarded to a full time student at The Pennsylvania State University with an outstanding academic record enrolled in science, engineering, or mathematics. The student must be likely to pursue a career in an area of interest to NASA with demonstrated potential for graduate study. The NASA Strategic Enterprises are Aero-Space Technology, Earth Science, HEDS, Space Science, and Biological and Physical Research.

The Pennsylvania Space Grant Consortium Internal Advisory Board consisting of faculty and students will select the awardee. The student is required to assume a mentorship role for a first year science, engineering, or mathematics student from an underrepresented group or perform educational outreach. Failure to mentor satisfactorily or maintain a high academic standard will be reason to disqualify the student from continuing support. Work outside the university should not be necessary.

Congratulations to the new awardees!

2004-2005 Academic Year:
Elizabeth Donaldson, Biobehavioral Health, College of Health & Human Development
Adam Morgan, Astronomy & Astrophysics, Eberly College of Science

Additional NASA Space Grant Scholarship recipient for 2004-2005:
Brian Schratz, Electrical Engineering, College of Engineering

2003-2004 Academic Year:
Jeffrey Bender, Department of Mathmatical Sciences & Engineering
Mark Zelinka, Department of Meteorology

2002-2003 Academic Year:
Michelle Kinder, Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Dawn Noga, Department of Engineering Science & Mechanics

2001-2002 Academic Year:
Christa Hasenkopf, Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics
Dawn Noga, Department of Engineering Science & Mechanics

2000-2001 Academic Year:
Jennifer Donley, Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics
Rachel Kosoff, Department of Biology
Zachary Stum, Department of Physics

1999-2000 Academic Year:
Melissa Morehouse, Department of Aerospace Engineering

1998-1999 Academic Year
Sarah Bowen, Department of Agricultural & Biological Engineering

Who is eligible?

The Sylvia Stein Memorial Space Grant Scholarship will be awarded for one academic year to two full-time juniors or seniors as of Fall 2005 with an outstanding academic record enrolled in science, engineering, or mathematics. Women and minorities are especially encouraged to apply. U.S. citizenship is required. Awardees will be requested to provide proof of United States citizenship (e.g. photocopy of passport, birth certificate, naturalization papers).

What mentoring activities have Scholars done in the past?

Sylvia Stein Scholars 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. For more mentoring ideas, go here.

How do I apply?

You may use our online application to apply or you may request an application from our office (contact information below).

Please submit an original and two copies of the following information with your application:

  1. Application form (available at our Web site or office)
  2. Letter of recommendation by department or program head (Letters may be sent directly to our office. We will duplicate them if necessary)
  3. Letter of recommendation from a faculty member or an advisor
  4. Two-page essay of proposed plan of study, proposed career plans, life goals, and how career plans are related to any aspect of NASA's strategic enterprises
  5. Resume including extra-curricular activities, work experience, or community service, evidence of good mentoring skills, awards or scholarships, and local phone number and address
  6. A brief description of your interest in and ideas for mentoring or education outreach activities. Descriptions of past fellowship/scholarship activities may be found at
  7. SAT scores; College transcripts (official or unofficial)

How do I get more information?

For more information, please contact the Pennsylvania Space Grant Consortium.

Lorene Stitzer
Pennsylvania Space Grant Consortium
2217 Earth-Engineering Sciences Building
University Park, PA 16802
Tel: (814) 865-2535

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Last Updated: March 10, 2005