Student Fellowship opportunity at NASA WV Space Grant Consortium Schools

  The NASA West Virginia Space Grant Consortium provides fellowships for undergraduate students who desire a career in STEM and are interested in working on a research project that is related to a NASA mission directorate under the supervision of a faculty member.  This is an opportunity for students to become engaged in NASA’s future and become a NASA Space Grant Scholar.  Students are encouraged to submit research proposals that are STEM-related and help support NASA in reaching greater heights. 

Deadline to apply:  Oct. 4, 2021

Application instructions and guidelines can be found here

NRAO Call for Proposals

The National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) invites scientists to participate in the Semester 2022A Call for Proposals for the Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array (VLA) and the Very Long Baseline Array (VLBA), High Sensitivity Array (HSA), and Global 3mm VLBI Array (GMVA).

The submission deadline for Semester 2022A proposals is Monday, 2 August 2021, at 17:00 EDT (21:00 UTC).

We would like to highlight that NRAO is continuing to offer staff assistance with VLBA observation setup and data reduction for new and novice VLBA users. For more information see the VLBA, HSA and GMVA Proposal Guide.

Proposal preparation and submission are handled via the NRAO Proposal Submission Tool (PST) available at NRAO Interactive Services. Proposers who need assistance with proposal preparation or have questions regarding the Call for Proposals or NRAO telescope capabilities should contact Observatory staff via the NRAO Helpdesk. Note that using these tools (both the PST and the Helpdesk) requires registration.

View the complete NRAO Semester 2022A Call for Proposals online.

Student Opportunity: Summer Internships

The NASA WV Space Grant Consortium and the Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences of WV would like to announce student opportunities for summer internships.

 If you are a student in a STEM-related field of study or Elementary Education who is eager for new experiences that will add to your personal and professional development, then this internship is perfect for you! 

NASA IV&V Education Resource Center (ERC) Summer College Internships

NASA IV&V

The NASA IV&V ERC in Fairmont, WV is seeking candidates for a 10-week college summer internship starting May 17th and running until July 30th (excluding the week of July 5-9th), 2021.  Candidates must be 18 years or older and enrolled full-time in an Academic Institutions within our Consortium (https://www.wvspacegrant.org/about/affiliates/).  Preference is given to candidates with experience in one or more educational robotics platforms (LEGO® WeDo or EV3, VEX IQ or EDR), Scratch coding, and working with youth ages 6-14.  Depending on the state of the COVID-19 official guidelines, this position may be on-site in Fairmont, WV with travel to various summer camp locations across WV, or the camps may be offered entirely online allowing the intern to work from home.  Mileage, meals, and lodging are provided for any off-site camps.  If all camps are virtual, reliable high-speed Internet is required.  Interns should expect to work Monday-Friday 9am-5pm teaching robotics, coding, and leading activities with students.  Training is provided starting June 1, with camps beginning June 7th and ending August 7th.  Salary is $6,000 for the 10 weeks and paid by the WV Space Grant Consortium.  Applicants should submit a cover letter (via email) stating their interest in the position and a resume to Todd.Ensign@FairmontState.edu or Candy.Cordwell@mail.wvu.edu.  Official transcripts are not required, but proof of full-time enrollment may be requested.

Questions can be directed to:

Todd Ensign, Ed.D.Faculty

Fairmont State University

Program Manager, NASA IV&V Education Resource Center

100 University Dr.

Fairmont, WV 26554

Mobile-304-685-3146

Email Todd.Ensign@fairmontstate.edu

WWW.nasa.gov/centers/ivv/education

Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Virtual Bootcamp – April 1st, 2021

Are you working on an innovative, significant technology with commercial potential? Are you interested in applying for an SBIR or STTR research grant offered through 11 federal agencies?

Join us online on April 1, 2021 to learn more about the federal Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs, which are a source of non-dilutive, early-stage funding for small businesses and researchers. In this bootcamp, you will learn:

  • What is involved in developing a concept
  • How to identify the right funding opportunities
  • Tips for preparing to write an SBIR-STTR grant
  • What it takes to be competitive and savvy in developing an application
  • How to navigate the registration process

If you attended an SBIR-STTR bootcamp before, you are welcome to come again. With SBIR-STTR, there is a lot of information to learn!

Given restrictions on gatherings and meetings, now may be a good time to explore funding programs like SBIR-STTR to help develop new technologies in order to have them ready to go to market as the economy continues to recover.

This event is hosted by TechConnectWV in partnership with the WV Small Business Development Center as part of the “Bridging the Ecosystem in Science & Technology in West Virginia” (BEST in WV).

Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. Contact Anne Barth at anne@techconnectwv.org for more information.

Register here!

RFPs for FY 2021-2022 cycle are now available!

The request for proposals (RFPs) for the NASA WV EPSCoR and NASA WV Space Grant Consortium for the FY 2021-2022 cycle are now available.

The RFPs can be found here: Program Application Forms

The due date for all proposals is Monday, March 8, 2021, by 11:59 PM (EST), and the anticipated start date for all successful projects is May 16, 2021.

Hands-On Robotics Camps

Target Audience: Ages 6-8 and Ages 9-14

Description: Our camps are 4/5-days, hands-on programs that focus on fundamental building and programming skills, games, and fun challenges using a variety of robotics platforms.  Each camp will provide information on age appropriate competitions, and how to get involved and stay engaged in robotics!  Camps are staffed by NASA’s college interns sponsored by the IV&V Facility and the WV Space Grant Consortium, and hosted at partner sites across the state.

Schedule:  We are offering ½ day camp for students ages 6-8 years old, Tue.-Fri, 9am-12pm.  Our full-day camp is for students 9-14 years old, Mon.-Fri., 9am-4pm. For both camps, you may drop off and pick up your camper ½ hour before or after the camp times.

•     Ages 6-8, half-day 9am-12pm, LEGO® Coding Express and WeDo 2.0 Robotics.
•     Ages 9-14, 9am-4pm LEGO® EV3, VEX IQ, and Parrot Mambo Drone.

Lunch:  For F2F, campers must bring their own bag lunch, drinks, etc.  We will provide a morning and afternoon snack.

Cost: We offer our F2F camps at a break-even or a loss and to ensure we are accessible to all students.  We are asking every family that can afford it for a suggested donation of $50/student for the younger student ½ day camp, and $100/student for the older student, full-day camp.  Both camps include snacks, use of robots, drones, tablets, and all materials.  Checks should be made out to “Fairmont State University” and will be collected on your first day of camp at the registration desk.  Note: If you can afford to donate more, your dollars will go to support another camper who is less fortunate.

Week ofHost SiteCity
July 6BridgeValley CTC (Virtual Camp Only)Charleston
July 13Mountaineer Middle SchoolMorgantown
July 20James Rumsey Technical InstituteMartinsburg
July 27Fairmont State UniversityFairmont
Aug. 3Robert C. Byrd InstituteHuntington

Register Here

If you have questions, please contact: Ryan.E.Utzman@nasa.gov, Todd.Ensign@FairmontState.edu

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.