Current Student Research Projects:
SCORE Program - STEM Community College Opportunity for Research Experience - Proposals Due November 10, 2017
Undergraduate Team Experience Award Program - Proposals Due November 10, 2017

SCORE Program - STEM Community College Opportunity for Research Experience Program

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 Current Solicitation - Proposals Due November 10, 2017

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

 

 

Undergraduate Team Experience Award Program

Each year, OSGC provides awards to student team projects that are student-led, hands-on STEM based research projects that provide a unique student team experience, particularly those leading to participation in STEM based student competitions. Potential projects include but are not limited to the NASA Micro-g NExT Opportunity, NASA University Student Launch Initiative, AIAA Experimental Sounding Rocket Association compeititions, and RockOn!, RockSat-C, and RockSat-X NASA Wallops Programs.
 

2017-18 Current Solicitation - Proposals Due November 10, 2017

Introduction

Student teams at Oregon Space Grant Consortium’s (OSGC) affiliated institutions are invited to submit proposals to the OSGC Undergraduate Team Experience Award Program. The intent of the Undergraduate Team Experience Award Program is to fund student-led, research projects that develop diverse, capable, and prepared human capital in aerospace related science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines and provide a unique student team experience. Projects should be hands-on STEM based research projects that support NASA’s vision to reach for new heights and reveal the unknown so that what we do and learn will benefit all humankind, relevant to the NASA Mission Directorates. Preference will be given to projects that lead to participation in national and international student competitions. Potential projects include but are not limited to the NASA Micro-g NExT Opportunity, NASA University Student Launch Initiative, AIAA Experimental Sounding Rocket Association Intercollegiate Rocket Engineering Competition, NASA Robotics Mining Competition, Mars Society University Rover Challenge, and the RockOn!, RockSat-C, or RockSat-X NASA Wallops Programs. Participation of female and underrepresented minorities in the STEM fields is strongly encouraged; OSGC strives to make awards congruent with state demographics of 40% female and 15.9% underrepresented minorities in STEM. Please take these metrics into consideration with forming teams. Preference will be given to teams comprised of a diverse membership. Teams are encouraged to conduct K-12 outreach activities in association with their research projects.

 

Amount and Duration of Awards

A total of $50,000 will be competitively awarded to student teams for the 2017-18 funding cycle. If awarded, all work must be completed by June 29, 2018. 

 

Proposal Guidelines

  • Teams may submit requests for funding up to $12,000 per team. A minimum 1.5-to-1 match obligation is required and is non-negotiable. Please note that cost share above the minimum amount is acceptable. Matching funds include donations, discounts, team travel contributions, and faculty advisor time from non-federal sources. The criteria and procedures for the allowability and allocability of cash and non-cash contributions are governed by 2 CRF 200.306. The applicable Federal cost principles are cited in Subpart E, which is incorporated by reference.
  • Funding requests may include supplies, parts, registration fees and/or lodging accommodations related to the project competition. Airline tickets may be included in the proposal; students may be required to pass an internal review panel prior to purchase of airline tickets. No equipment purchases (over $5,000) are allowed under this program.
  • Submitted proposals from institutions other than OSU must include documentation of support and approval  from the applicant’s department and their university’s Sponsored Programs Office. Please allow extra time for this process. Exceptions to application date will not be made due to proposals held up in Sponsored Programs.
  • Expenditures for foreign travel are prohibited, nor can these expenses be applied to the project’s cost share requirements. 

 

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.

 

Eligibility

  • Recognized student teams from OSGC affiliate institutions are eligible to apply.
  • All students participating in the project must be enrolled at an Oregon Space Grant affiliate institutions. The list of OSGC affiliate institutions is found on the OSGC website at http://spacegrant.oregonstate.edu/members-oregon-nasa-space-grant-consortium.
  • Participation of female and underrepresented minorities in the STEM fields is strongly encouraged; preference will be given to teams who take this into consideration.
  • All students participating in the project must be U.S. citizens.

 

Proposal Requirements

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.

  • Cover Page (Page limit: As needed): Include Project Title/Team Name, Institution, Team Lead (name, address, phone, and email), Team Faculty Advisor/Mentor (name, address, phone, and email), and Date of Submission.
  • Project Description (Page limit: 3 pages): Succinctly describe the research that the team is proposing including methodologies and approaches. Summarize the scholarly and creative aspects of the project and how this supports your educational objectives. What are the expected outcomes from your research (e. g. senior thesis, participation in industry competition, increased understanding of research, art exhibition, etc.), and how will you achieve these outcomes?
  • Synergy (Page limit: 2 pages): Describe the aspects of the project that enhance the collaborative learning experience between your team and your project advisor. Describe any leveraging opportunities the project will provide for funding or further research. Will the project lead to additional opportunities for either the team or the advisor that would not have otherwise been developed, or is the activity being used as a mechanism to fund a project such as a senior thesis?
  • Aerospace Relevancy (Page limit: 1 page): Briefly describe how your research supports the mission of NASA and how it is tied to one or more of NASA’s Mission Directorates. See Appendix A. Strategic Framework for NASA or for a detailed description of NASA’s mission, history, and future plans, visit the NASA website at http://www.nasa.gov/about/highlights/what_does_nasa_do.html.
  • Budget (Page limit: As needed): The budget must reflect a clear alignment with the content and text of the proposal. Include matching support as a separate column.
  • Team lead’s current resume (Page limit: 2 pages).
  • List of team members (Page limit: 2 pages): Include names of student team members and summary of demographics - number or percentages of male/female students, underrepresented minority students in STEM, students with military experience, and students with disabilities.
  • Letter of support from the team’s Faculty Project Advisor/Mentor (Page limit: 2 pages).

 

Deliverables if Awarded

  • Team Letter of Acceptance: Team agrees to sign a letter of acceptance providing 1) the team lead name and contact info; 2) the point of contact with Space Grant if different than the team lead; 3) a complete list of all team members who are significantly involved with the project; 4) verification of team members’ US citizenship; and 5) signature from the team’s mentor agreeing to the accepted responsibilities and deliverables of the award.
  • Student Profile Form: All team members who are significantly involved with the project must complete an online Student Profile Form. This information is used for longitudinal tracking purposes, to evaluate the effectiveness of NASA’s higher education programs.
  • Internal Review Panel: If your project requires travel, for example to a competition or workshop, you will be subject to an internal review panel of Space Grant and industry experts in order to gain approval for using the award funds for travel. This does not preclude you from using your cost share funds for travel. The team should allow sufficient time to schedule said review with the Oregon Space Grant office prior to making travel arrangements.
  • Final Report: A final report describing the execution of the project, the outcome of the competition, evaluation and analysis of the results, budget expenditures including match funds, and list of publications arising from the work is due July 30th of the awarded year.
  • OSGC must be cited as a source of funding in all publications resulting from the team’s work using the phrase “…supported in part through NASA/Oregon Space Grant Consortium, grant NNX15AJ14H”.
  • The team agrees to notify OSGC of any changes in mailing address, email, and telephone number for contact purposes.
  • The team grants permission to release and/or publish requested recipient information to NASA or other appropriate parties.
  • Student Symposium: The team agrees to provide both a poster and presentation for participation in the annual OSGC Student Symposium, scheduled for November of the awarded year.

 

Submission Guidelines

Submit an electronic file of the complete package with signatures (Microsoft Word or PDF) via email to: Catherine Lanier, Associate Director, OSGC Catherine.Lanier@oregonstate.edu

 

Schedule of Awards

Award announcements will be made the week of November 20th, 2017.

 

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

Click here for a pdf version of the current solicitation

 

Past Awardees and Projects:

2017

  • Experimental Sounding Rocket Association (ESRA) Spaceport Ameria Cup, Oregon State University
  • RockSat-X 2017 Hephaestus, Oregon State University
  • High Altitude Balloon Eclipse Constellation Team: Path of Totality, Portland State University
  • Micro-Radial Jet Engine, University of Portland
  • Portland State Aerospace Society Cryogenic Fuel Tank, Portland State University
  • Portland State Aerospace Society Liquid Fueled Engine Test Stand, Portland State University

2016

  • RockOn! NASA Wallops Workshop, Oregon Institute of Technology
  • RockSat-C NASA Wallops, Linn-Benton Community College and Oregon State University

2015

  • RockSat-C NASA Wallops, Linn-Benton Community College, "Detection and Measurement of Gamma Radiation with the Capability of Detecting and Measuring Polarization"
  • RockSat-C NASA Wallops, Oregon State University, "Waterbears"

2014

  • RockOn! NASA Wallops Workshop, Linn-Benton Community College
  • RockOn! NASA Wallops Workshop, Oregon Institute of Technology
  • RockOn! NASA Wallops Workshop, Oregon State University

2013:

  • Aerial Robotics Team, Oregon State University, "International Aerial Robotics Competition (IARC)."
  • Mars Rover Team, Oregon State University, "University Rover Challenge."
  • Oregon State Space Society (OSSS), Oregon State University, "Rocket-Boosted Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Project."
  • American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), Oregon State University, "Design/Build/Fly Competition."

2012:

  • Aerial Robotics Team, Oregon State University, "International Aerial Robotics Competition (IARC)."
  • Underwater ROV Project, MATE 2012 "International ROV Competition"
  • Mars Rover Team, Oregon State University, "University Rover Challenge."

2011:

  • Aerial Robotics Team, Oregon State University, "International Aerial Robotics Competition (IARC)."
  • Mars Rover Team, Oregon State University, "University Rover Challenge."

2010:

  • Aerial Robotics Team, Oregon State University, "International Aerial Robotics Competition (IARC)."
  • Mars Rover Team, Oregon State University, "University Rover Challenge."

2009

  • Aerial Robotics Team, Oregon State University, "International Aerial Robotics Competition (IARC)."
  • Mars Rover Team, Oregon State University, "University Rover Challenge."
  • Pico Satellite Project, Oregon State University