Moon to Mars eXploration Systems and Habitation (M2M X-Hab) 2021 Academic Innovation Challenge

Target Audience: Higher Education Teams
Proposals Due: April 24, 2020
More Information: https://spacegrant.org/xhab/

The Moon to Mars eXploration Systems and Habitation (M2M X-Hab) 2021 Academic Innovation Challenge is a university-level challenge designed to develop strategic partnerships and collaborations with universities. It has been organized to help bridge strategic knowledge gaps and increase knowledge in capabilities and technology risk reduction related to NASA’s vision and missions. In 2016, the X-Hab Challenge scope was formally extended to include other areas of Exploration Systems as well as habitation topics. The competition is intended to link with senior- and graduate-level design curricula that emphasize hands-on design, research, development, and manufacturing of functional prototypical subsystems that enable functionality for space habitats and deep space exploration missions. NASA will directly benefit from the challenge by sponsoring the development of innovative concepts and technologies from universities, which will result in novel ideas and solutions that could be applied to exploration.

The Advanced Exploration Systems (AES) Division will offer multiple awards of $15k – $50k each to design and produce studies or functional products of interest to the AES Division (see Section 3.2, Moon to Mars (M2M) X-Hab Proposal Topic List) as proposed by university teams according to their interests and expertise. The prototypes produced by the university teams (examples of which are shown in Figure 1) may be integrated into existing NASA-built operational prototypes. Universities interested in participating will submit M2M X-Hab proposals, which will be reviewed by technical experts; subsequent down-selection will determine which projects will be funded. M2M X-Hab university teams will be required to complete their products for evaluation by the AES Division in May 2021. Universities may form collaborations to perform as a single distributed project team.

Students in the Critical Path
The M2M X-Hab Academic Innovation Challenge has a unique approach to student involvement, in that the student team is placed in the NASA mission critical path for the product or technology that they develop alongside NASA researchers. Teams are required to go through a series of NASA-standard assessments as other NASA engineering products, including a System Definition Review (SDR), a Preliminary Design Review (PDR), and a Critical Design Review (CDR). With this approach, NASA is putting a great deal of responsibility on the students. This in turn gives the students a bigger stake in the development of space technologies that likely will form the basis for future systems and technologies that will be flown in space.

Eligibility
Proposals will be accepted from faculty who are U.S. citizens and currently teach an Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET)-accredited engineering senior or graduate design, industrial design, or architecture curriculum teaming course at a university affiliated with the National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program, or other US accredited university. Multidisciplinary, multidepartmental, and/or multi-institutional teaming collaborations are highly encouraged.

Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Tribal Colleges, and other minority-serving educational institutions are particularly encouraged to apply. Proposals from women, members of underrepresented minorities groups, and persons with disabilities are highly encouraged.

Green Bank Observatory Courses

Target Audience: College and university faculty
Cost: Application fee: $100; Course fee: $195; Optional Lodging: $35/night
Duration: 2.5 Days
Location: Green Bank, WV

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GBO-27 Radio Astronomy Update 2020: Pulsars and Gravitational Radiation, Dark Matter and Galaxy Evolution, the State of the Art in the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence

Led by: Dr. Karen O’Neil and Staff, Green Bank Observatory
Date: May 27 – 29, 2020

Overview: This introductory course includes the basics of radio astronomy, descriptions of the GBT, and discussions of the research work done on the scope.  While this course is long-running, its content is constantly changing based on the most recent work done on the world-class GBT.  In this course is offered an update on some of the “hot topics” in astronomy: pulsars, gravitational radiation, dark matter, galaxy evolution and SETI.  The presentations are at an introductory level.  The GBT has some 16 million pounds that move to point to directions in the sky to within seconds of arc quickly.  During the tour of the GBT, participants are often taken to the top of the scope to see the detector room, and to look down into the 2.3 acre collecting dish (subject to schedules and weather).  There is interaction with resident and visiting astronomers. 

Participants stay in the astronomer’s lodging at a rate of $35 per night and take meals in the site cafeteria.  Participants experience the culture of a national laboratory with no fence or gate, in a community of 400, where people do first class work on a world class scope in relative isolation (the closest regular food market is 65 minutes away).  Participants are given guidance on and make measurements on a “hands-on” forty foot radio telescope and a remotely controlled 20-meter scope during the course.

NOTE: The new course listed below takes a deeper dive into radio astronomy projects. It takes place immediately after GBO-27 and participants may sign up for one or the other or  both!

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GBO-37  Radio Astronomy Project 2020

Led by: Dr. Ronald Maddalena and Staff, Green Bank Observatory
Dates: May 30 – June 1, 2020

Dr. Maddalena, a recently retired  but active astronomer, has been a frequent presenter in the GBO long-running course entitled Radio Astronomy Update 2020   He will be joined by other staff members in the interaction with participants.

Those taking part in the project will work in small groups and have access to two on-site radio telescopes (one older and one newer) and also access to the archived sky data at the Green Bank Observatory.  In addition to peer collaboration, they will have professional guidance from observatory astronomers.  Participants will reside in the astronomer’s residence hall, and take meals in the site cafeteria. 

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For either of the above courses, expect to arrive at the site late afternoon the day before the start of the course.  There will be a 7:30 PM Introductory social in the Residence Hall Lounge.  Plan for an early start the following morning.  The lodging includes this night before the start.  For either course expect departure just after lunch on the final day.

For each of the above:[Application fee: $100; Course fee: $195; Optional lodging: $35 per night in a double room. Meals are paid for individually. For more information and an application form, folks can send an email to sheather@nrao.edu

TMC Summer Internship Opportunity

Paid Summer Internship Opportunity Unmanned Aerial Systems for Recreational Use and Educational Learning

Project Description: TMC2 Technologies (TMC) is a high technology company located in Fairmont, WV, that is involved in projects funded by NASA, FBI, and DOD. TMC is seeking students who are interested in pursuing a drone-related research project of their choosing within one of the focus areas listed below:

Projects are not limited to the subtopics listed above, only the area of focus. At the end of the summer internship, a final report will be required that should capture key data and metadata elements, achievements, and lessons learned associated with the internship activity. TMC will provide project oversight and guidance.

Job Title: TMC Summer Intern
Number of Positions: 2
Expected Start Date: May 2020
Rate: $15/hour
Duration: Up to 10 weeks
Work Location: Fairmont, WV
Deadline to Apply: February 22, 2020
Desired Skills:
– Experience with drones and a clear understanding of drone regulations and usage as governed by the FAA
– Computer science, computer engineering, mechanical engineering, or aerospace engineering background

Application Requirements: Resume, cover letter, and a one-page proposal outlining your desired project focus area and subtopic. The cover letter should include you areas of interests, a description of your qualifications, and career aspirations.

Please send all questions and application materials (in PDF format) by February 22, 2020, to Ms. Kathleen Baker (kbaker19@mail.wvu.edu) at the NASA WV Space Grant Consortium.

NASA Langley Academy Internship

Target Audience: Students
Deadline: February 15, 2020
Application Link: https://academyapp.com/

Applications will require a personal statement, a current resume, your current unofficial transcript, two current letters of recommendation from supervisors or college professors, and emails/phone for the two references. Space Grant sponsored students are encouraged to apply.

US Veterans, females, and Under-represented students who meet eligibility requirements are encouraged to apply.

Selections can begin on Feb 1 and continue through March 1.

For more information, please see the link above.

Yearlong NASA Internship Opportunity

Job Title: NASA Intern – College level
Job Status: Part time
Number of Positions: 1
Expected Start Date: April 2020
Duration:  Up to 1 year
Work Location: Katherine Johnson Independent Verification and Validation (IV&V) Facility – Fairmont, WV/ Remote

Please send Resume / Cover letter submissions by February 28, 2020 to: jesse.white@nasa.gov.

Job Name: Team Readiness Yearlong Project Opportunity
Job Description: NASA is seeking a college intern to join our team of qualified, diverse individuals at the Katherine Johnson IV&V Facility.  The intern will be supporting an initiative dedicated to team readiness and will be tasked to develop a training portal that will allow employees to select and track progress toward completing levels of technical specialization. 

Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Maintain master log of training materials and develop database for easy access and integration in to common tools environment
  • Develop web interface to database that allows users to select courses for a learning plan, track progress to completion, and maintain learning history
  • Perform work on-site in the Government facility 

Desired Skills: To be considered for this position, you must minimally meet the knowledge, skills, and abilities listed below:

  • Enrolled in college or university majoring in computer science or engineering 
    • Must be at least a current college Junior
  • Experienced with relational databases and web development
  • Experience with C#, JAVA
  • Able to develop software using object-oriented software design and implementation principles
  • Excellent writing and communication skills are required, and ability to interact well in group meeting/working environments.
  • Familiarity with software architecture, systems engineering, and verification and validation
  • Proficiency with MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook)
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a Public Trust Security Clearance

U.S. Department of Energy Office of Environmental Management—2020 Minority-Serving Institutions Partnership Program Internships

Audience: Full-time Undergraduate and Graduate Students at Accredited Minority-Serving Institutions
Application Deadline: Jan. 21, 2020
Contact: vivian.holloway@srnl.doe.gov

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Environmental Management is seeking applicants for 10-week summer internships at the DOE’s National Laboratories. Interns will complete research projects aligned with ongoing DOE efforts. Students also will be involved in enrichment activities that may include laboratory and site tours, professional development seminars, workshops and lectures. A stipend or salary will be provided. Applicants must be U.S. citizens.

Department of Energy’s Scholars Program 2020

Audience: Undergraduate and Graduate Students; Recent Graduates
Application Deadline: Jan. 3, 2020
Contact: doescholars@orise.orau.org

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Scholars Program introduces college students and recent college graduates to the U.S. Department of Energy’s mission and operations. Participants apply their education, talent and skills in a variety of settings within the DOE complex. Applicants must be U.S. citizens and be an undergraduate, graduate or recent postgraduate of an accredited institute of higher education. Internships typically last 10 weeks during the summer, and stipends are provided.

Call for Proposals—NASA Research Announcement for Use of the NASA Physical Sciences Informatics System: Appendix F

Audience: Graduate Students
Proposal Deadline: Dec. 16
Contact: francis.p.chiaramonte@nasa.gov

NASA invites graduate students and established researchers to submit proposals for ground-based research for experimental and numerical studies that use experimental data residing in NASA’s Physical Sciences Informatics system. This solicitation appendix features five research areas: combustion science, complex fluids, fluid physics, fundamental physics and materials science. Proposals from graduate students must be submitted by their advisors. The typical award will be a maximum of $100,000 per year for up to two years.

Call for Proposals: Future Investigators in NASA Earth and Space Science and Technology

Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students Pre-Proposal Informational
Teleconference: Dec. 2, 1-2:30 p.m. EST
Proposal Deadline: Feb. 4, 2020
Contact: HQ-FINESST@mail.nasa.gov

NASA’s Science Mission Directorate is seeking proposals from accredited U.S. universities for research grants to begin in the 2020-21 academic year. Each proposal must identify a student seeking a master’s or doctorate degree in Earth and space sciences as the participating future investigator. Project proposers may request up to a three-year period of performance. Visit the website for details and proposal requirements.

NASA STEM Activities: Forward to the Moon

Audience: Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: Nov. 25 at 5 p.m. EST
Contact: susan.m.kohler@nasa.gov

Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. NASA plans to go forward to the Moon by 2024. Learn about K-12 STEM activities that will enhance classroom instruction involving this topic.  

Activities include:
— Demonstrating sizes and distances of Earth.
— Making a water filtration system.
— Designing a lunar habitat.
— Simulating finding oxygen on the Moon.
— Making balloon rockets with a payload.
— Simulating gravity with magnets.

Online registration is required.