SCORE Program - STEM Community College Opportunity for Research Experience Program

2017-18 Solicitation - CLOSED

The Oregon NASA Space Grant Consortium (OSGC) is pleased to provide students attending our member community colleges an opportunity to apply for a one-time term-long research award that will support their academic study in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). This award is designed to provide community college students an opportunity to work together with a faculty mentor on a term-long research project in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) or STEM education that goes beyond what is taught in the classroom.

2017-18 SCORE Recipients
Marshall Andersen - Linn-Benton Community College - Polarized Light of the Sun's Corona
Emma Frazier - Portland Community College Southeast Campus - A Search for Urban Micrometeorites in Portland
Andrew Jozwiak - Portland Community College Sylvania Campus - The Modern Eddington Experiment
Myka Kang-Lanz - Portland Community College Rock Creek Campus - Genome Re-annotation of Desulfurobacterium thermolithotrophum
Matthew Lucas - Linn-Benton Community College - Stable, Inexpensive, and Recoverable Altitude Control Flight System for Latex High Altitude Balloon
Caleb Marshbank - Portland Community College Sylvania Campus - Glacier Melt Rate Measurement
Eleanor Paige Nicholson - Portland Community College Sylvania Campus - Glacier Melt Rate Measurement
Ciara Russell - Southwestern Oregon Community College - Using Geochemistry to Suggest Mars Rover Improvements
Audrey Vaughn - Linn-Benton Community College - Controlled Altitude Pressure Valve

Introduction
The Oregon NASA Space Grant Consortium (OSGC) is pleased to provide students attending our member community colleges an opportunity to apply for a one-time term-long research award that will support their academic study in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). These awards will also serve to recognize their achievements in these fields. 

The OSGC SCORE Program supports the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) objectives of fostering and encouraging careers in STEM and STEM education and developing a diverse and capable next-generation workforce. Women and individuals from underrepresented groups in the STEM fields are strongly encouraged to apply.

Applicants will need to demonstrate how their field of study relates to the NASA Vision and the activities of the various Mission Directorates.

 

NASA Vision:
“To reach for new heights and reveal the unknown so that what we do and learn will benefit all humankind.”

Mission Directorates:
Aeronautics Research – Enables a safer, more secure, efficient, and environmentally friendly air transportation system
Human Exploration and Operations – Operates the International Space Station and prepare for human exploration beyond low Earth orbit
Science – Exploring the Earth-Sun system, our solar system, and the universe beyond. Divisions include Astrophysics, Earth Science, Heliophysics, and Planets
Space Technology – Develops the crosscutting, advanced pioneering new technologies needed for current and future missions, benefiting the aerospace industry and other agencies, and addressing national needs. (From http://www.nasa.gov/about/directorates/index.html#.UwKwSPbFL7c)

 

Awards are open to a broad range of STEM disciplines, including but not necessarily limited to the Biological and Life Sciences, Chemistry, Geological and Planetary Sciences, Physics and Astronomy, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Sciences, Civil Engineering, and STEM Education. We encourage students to contact OSGC if they have questions about whether their field of study is suitable.

Note:Students receiving awards in past competitions may apply and receive awards for subsequent competitions.

 

Eligible Institutions
Applicants must be currently enrolled and in good academic standing at one of the following OSGC community college member institutions:

Affiliate Member Institution

Representative

Email

Lane Community College*

Dennis Gilbert

gilbertd@lanecc.edu

Linn-Benton Community College

Greg Mulder

mulderg@linnbenton.edu

Oregon Coast Community College

Matt Fisher

matthew.fisher@oregoncoastcc.org

Portland Community College*
Cascade Campus

Deborah Cochrane

dcochran@pcc.edu

Portland Community College* Rock Creek Campus

Andy Hilt

andrew.hilt@pcc.edu

Portland Community College* Southeast Campus

Julia Betts

Julia.betts@pcc.edu

Portland Community College*
Sylvania Campus

Toby Dittrich

tdittric@pcc.edu

Southwestern Oregon Community College

Aaron Coyner

aaron.coyner@socc.edu

* Minority Serving Institution Designation

 

Award Information
This award is designed to provide community college students an opportunity to work together with a faculty mentor on a term-long research project in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) or STEM education that goes beyond what is taught in the classroom. Projects may include individual components of a team or faculty research project. Some examples include but are not limited to the Oregon Coast Community College Scientific Observation & Atmospheric Research (SOAR) Program, the Portland Community College Portland Teachers Program, high-altitude ballooning and CubeSat programs. Students interested in gaining additional hands-on experience should discuss potential projects with their affiliate representative.

Projects are meant to be completed within the winter term after selections are made. Projects and mentors must be approved by the affiliate representative at your institution. Awards will be competitively awarded to students enrolled at OSGC affiliated Community Colleges. Students who are dual enrolled in a community college and a 4-year institution are eligible to apply as long as minimum enrollment eligibility is met. Students may work with mentors from 4-year institutions or with someone other than the affiliate representative; however, mentors must be approved by the student’s member institution affiliate representative (listed above).

 

Award Amount and Duration
Up to twenty (20) awards, in the amount of $750 per student will be competitively awarded to community college students during the 2017-18 academic year. If awarded, all work must be completed by end of winter term 2018. Funding is for compensation of a student's time, not supplies, on a research project.

Awards will be made in one disbursement of $750 upon completion of the research project and submission of an accepted final report. This is a non-renewable award, paid in one disbursement, over one academic term only. Of these awards, a minimum of four (4) will be awarded to students attending an OSGC affiliated Minority Serving Institution (MSI).

 

Dates and Deadlines

  • Application Deadline: November 10, 2017
  • Award Selections: Week of November 20th, 2017
  • Award Disbursement ($750): Upon completion of work, end of Winter Term/Beginning of Spring Term 2018
  • Duration: Winter Term. Work must be completed by end of Winter Term, April 2018
  • Participation in Community College Fellowship Symposium: Late May 2018

 

Eligibility

  • All students participating in the project must be U.S. citizens.
  • Student is enrolled in a minimum of 6 credit hours per term in STEM-related coursework at an affiliated Community College at the time of application (fall 2017) and remains enrolled for the duration of the award (through winter 2018).
  • Dual enrolled student must be enrolled in a minimum of 6 credit hours per term in STEM-related coursework at an affiliated Community College at the time of application (fall 2017) and remains enrolled for the duration of the award (through winter 2018).
  • Student maintains good academic standing
  • Projects and mentors must be approved by the OSGC Affiliate Representative.
  • Participation of female and underrepresented minorities in the STEM fields is strongly encouraged.

 

Requirement Application Material

Student Essay
Please submit a one-page essay (12 pt font, single spaced) that answers the following questions:

  • What are your interests in STEM and what areas would you like to explore in your academic career? 
  • How do your academic interests relate to the NASA vision and align with one or more of the NASA Mission Directorates?
  • What about the proposed research or project interested you and what do you hope to gain from the experience?

Research/Project Proposal
A 2-4 page proposal is required, and must include student and faculty mentor’s contact information, project title, explanation of the research problem or project overview and how it relates to NASA’s mission, goals to be achieved, experimental approach, and references. Please include an estimate of how many hours you anticipate working on your project per week. Proposals should be single-spaced, using standard 8½ x 11 paper, in font not smaller than 12-point with a minimum of 1” margins. All pages must be numbered sequentially. Proposals must be signed by the Affiliate Representative from the student’s institution.

Letter of Support
The faculty mentor must write a supporting letter, describing how the student will contribute to the research or project, and indicating support for the proposal. The letter of support should be included with the student’s application packet.  

Academic Transcript
A PDF version of your academic transcript must be submitted with your online application. Unofficial transcripts from your college or university website are acceptable.

Online Application Website
https://spacegrant.net/apps/ors4

 

Deliverables if Awarded

  • Student Profile Form: Students agree to complete an online Student Profile Form when they accept the award. This information is used for longitudinal tracking purposes, to evaluate the effectiveness of NASA’s higher education programs.
  • Final Report: A final report of at least 2 pages must be completed at the end of the term before funding is released.
  • SCORE Symposium: Students agree to make a poster and presentation about their research for the OSGC Community College Symposium in May 2018.
  • OSGC must be cited as a source of funding in all publications resulting from the student’s work using the phrase “…supported in part through NASA/Oregon Space Grant Consortium, grant NNX15AJ14H”.
  • The student agrees to notify OSGC of any changes in mailing address, email, and telephone number for contact purposes.
  • The student grants permission to release and/or publish requested recipient information to NASA or other appropriate parties.

 

Review Criteria

Applications are ranked based on the following criteria:

  • Academic Achievement
  • Direct relation to NASA vision and alignment with one or more of NASA mission directorates
  • Strength of letter of support 
  • Strength of research/project proposal

Note: Oregon Space Grant Consortium’s obligation to make awards is contingent upon availability of funds from the NASA National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program

 

Appendix A. Strategic Framework for NASA

I. NASA’s Vision

NASA’s vision to reach for new heights and reveal the unknown so that what we do and learn will benefit all humankind draws support from four principal organizations, called Mission Directorates, each with a specific responsibility.

II. NASA’s Mission Directorates