Katherine Johnson Receives the 2017 National Space Grant Distinguished Service Award

The National Space Grant Distinguished Service Award was established to recognize individuals whose life and career have had a long lasting impact in a science, engineering or education field that is related to aeronautic, aviation, or space endeavors. The inaugural award was presented in 2003 to former Senator and Secretary of the Treasury Lloyd M. Bentsen for his visionary work in creating the National Space Grant College and Fellowship Act.

This year’s recipient is physicist and mathematician Katherine Coleman Goble Johnson. Johnson was born in 1918, to Joshua and Joylette Coleman in White Sulphur Springs, Greenbrier County, West Virginia.  Johnson made contributions to the United States’ aeronautics and space programs with the early application of digital electronic computers at NASA. Known for accuracy in computerized celestial navigation, her technical work at NASA spanned decades during which she participated in calculating the trajectories, launch windows, and emergency back-up return paths for many flights from Project Mercury including the early NASA missions of John Glenn and Alan Shepard, the 1969 Apollo 11 flight to the Moon, through the Space Shuttle program and even early plans for the Mission to Mars.

The following videos were presented at the National Space Grant meeting in Washington, D.C. on Friday, March 3rd, 2017. In the first video, Johnson is presented this prestigious award. In the second video, Johnson reflects on some of her experiences working at NASA, raising 3 children, and being an African-American woman mathematician in the 1950’s.

Photos from the Reception and Dinner honoring Katherine Johnson can be seen here.  For more information on Katherine Johnson and the 2017 National Space Grant Distinguished Service Award, please click here.

The DOE Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) program is now accepting applications!

The Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Science is pleased to announce that the Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) program is now accepting applications for the 2016 Solicitation 2.  Applications are due 5:00pm ET on Monday November 21, 2016.

Starting from 2015 Solicitation 2, the SCGSR program is open to graduate students with Permanent Resident status, in addition to U.S. Citizens, who meet all other eligibility requirements. Detailed information about the program, including eligibility requirements and access to the online application system, can be found at: http://science.energy.gov/wdts/scgsr/.

The SCGSR program supports supplemental awards to outstanding U.S. graduate students to conduct part of their graduate thesis research at a DOE national laboratory in collaboration with a DOE laboratory scientist for a period of 3 to 12 consecutive months—with the goal of preparing graduate students for scientific and technical careers critically important to the DOE Office of Science mission.

The SCGSR program is open to current Ph.D. students in qualified graduate programs at accredited U.S. academic institutions, who are conducting their graduate thesis research in targeted areas of importance to the DOE Office of Science. The research opportunity is expected to advance the graduate students’ overall doctoral thesis/dissertation while providing access to the expertise, resources, and capabilities available at the DOE laboratories. The supplemental award provides for additional, incremental costs for living and travel expenses directly associated with conducting the SCGSR research project at the DOE host laboratory during the award period.

The Office of Science expects to make approximately 50 awards in 2016 Solicitation 2, for project periods beginning anytime between June 1, 2017 and October 2, 2017.

Since its inception in 2014, the SCGSR program has provided support to about 160 graduate awardees from over 75 different universities to conduct thesis research at DOE national laboratories across the nation.

The SCGSR program is sponsored and managed by the DOE Office of Science’s Office of Workforce Development for Teachers and Scientists (WDTS), in collaboration with the six Office of Science research programs offices and the DOE national laboratories, and the Oak Ridge Institute of Science and Education (ORISE).

For any questions, please contact the SCGSR Program Manager, Dr. Ping Ge, at sc.scgsr@science.doe.gov.

U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science

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NASA Marshall Faculty Fellowship Program

The Marshall Space Flight Center is offering Faculty Fellowships for qualified STEM faculty at U.S. colleges and universities to conduct research with NASA colleagues during a ten-week residential program in Huntsville, Alabama.

  • Faculty Fellows will receive stipends of $15,000 (Assistant Professor, Research
    Faculty), $17,000 (Associate Professor), or $19,000 (Professor).
  • A relocation allowance of $1,500 will be provided to those fellows who live more
    than fifty miles from MSFC and a $500 travel supplement for one round-trip.
  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens who hold full-time teaching or research
    appointments at accredited U.S. universities or colleges.
  • During the ten-week program, fellows are required to conduct their research onsite
    at the Marshall Space Flight Center.

Application Deadline February 15, 2016

2016 Faculty Fellow Announcement with Application

NASA Multidisciplinary Aeronautics Research Team Initiative (MARTI)


NASA MARTI offers an intense, integrated, multidisciplinary opportunity for students with career aspirations in the national aeronautics or aerospace enterprise. The MARTI experience helps prepare aspiring young professionals for employment by providing opportunities for direct science and engineering experience with an awareness of the complex managerial, political, financial, social, and human issues faced by current and future aerospace programs.


  • Experience an Integrated systems, multidisciplinary, team-based aerospace research environment
  • 10 – 12 weeks in duration, four NASA centers participate (Ames, Armstrong, Glenn and Langley)
  • Requirements:
    • US Citizen; at least 18 years of age; minimum GPA of 3.2; engineering or related discipline majors; junior – second year grad school level of study
  • Applications open only at http://www.martiapp.com  through February 16, 2016.  Successful applicants will be notified of acceptance in March, 2016.
  • Student housing and an allowance for travel/food expenses will be provided.
  • Depending on the NASA Center, MARTI programs begin late May-mid June and conclude in early to mid August.

*MARTI is a research program, sponsored by the NASA Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate. As with all NASA research programs, MARTI is subject to available federal funds.  MARTI is not posted on OSSI.

For more information, visit http://www.martiapp.com.  Questions about MARTI may be directed to Dr. Liz Ward:

Dr. Elizabeth B. Ward
Aeronautics Research Directorate
NASA Langley Research Center
Hampton, VA  23681
phone:  757-864-7638
email:  elizabeth.b.ward@nasa.gov

Pathways Intern position at NASA IV&V

Pathways Flyer Fall 2015_Page_2ThePathways Flyer Fall 2015_Page_1 NASA IV&V Program will be advertising for a Pathways Intern position September 21, 2015 through September 28, 2015.

This position will be working with Jerry Sims in the Software Assurance Tools (SWAT) Group. The ideal candidate for the SWAT Pathways Internship will have a background in software engineering combined with the capability, initiative, and superior work ethic to learn and work as an individual as well as in a Team environment.  Primary job duties will involve learning and developing custom developed IV&V Office analysis and business support software utilized to provide mission assurance on NASA Development Projects.  This work will require existing and/or developed skills in Java, C#, .NET, SQL, Eclipse, etc as well as learning, maintaining, and developing within a locally created common code framework that serves as a platform for multiple supported tools. The candidate will work throughout the development lifecycle to include requirements elicitation and documentation, design, code, test, and customer outreach/training.  Additional skills in system administration and customer support will also be valuable in this role.

For more information, please contact Stephanie A. King at Stephanie.A.King@nasa.gov

Join the West Virginia Space Public Outreach Team (SPOT)!

Do you want to get PAID to work for NRAO and NASA?



What is SPOT?
SPOT trains undergraduate ambassadors to learn space-themed presentations that highlight WV science, and to deliver these presentations at schools across the Mountain State.

Who is eligible?

  • Undergraduate and graduate students from any WV college or university.
  • Students from all majors can apply, and we give preference to science, engineering, and education majors.

How does it work?

  • Apply TODAY at www.wvspot.org under “For Ambassadors.” We teach you everything you need to know at our all-expenses-paid training workshop.
  • Then, you pass a “practice presentation” to become certified, and we coordinate with schools to schedule your visits.

When and where?

Application deadline is August 28th, 2015. Notifications of acceptance will be sent before September 4th. Training workshop is September 11th-13th at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory in Green Bank, WV.

More questions? Contact spot.wv@gmail.com or 304-456-2338.

Via Kathryn Williamson, SPOT Manager at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory in Green Bank, WV