- K-12 Educators
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, research award that supports their academic study in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), or in STEM education. The STEM Community-College Opportunity for Research Experience (SCORE) program awards community college student-researchers a stipend upon completion of an academic term-long research project and oral presentation. Students are guided in their project by faculty members at community colleges or universities who have active research opportunities available for students, or have an interest in supporting student research. These awards also serve to recognize the student’s achievements in the STEM fields.
The 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 in space science, aerospace, and technology. Women, individuals from underrepresented groups in the STEM fields, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.
The NASA Office of STEM Engagement develops student programs and opportunities that are driven by the research priorities of the NASA Mission Directorates. To this end, applicants will need to demonstrate how their project relates to NASA’s Vision/Mission and substantively aligns with the research priorities of at least one of the NASA Mission Directorates (see Appendix A. Strategic Framework for NASA and Appendix B. Research Priorities for NASA Mission Directorates).
Awards are open to a broad range of STEM disciplines, including but not limited to 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. Students should contact OSGC if they have questions regarding the suitability of their field of study for SCORE.
Applicants must be currently enrolled and in good academic standing at one of the following OSGC community college member institutions:
Affiliate Member Institution
Lane Community College
Linn-Benton Community College
Oregon Coast Community College
Portland Community College
Portland Community College
Portland Community College Southeast Campus
Portland Community College
|Oregon NASA Space Grant Consortium||Catherine Lanier|
This award is designed to provide community college students an opportunity to work together with a faculty mentor on an academic 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 be mentor recommended or a unique student-driven idea. Projects may be individual projects or part of a team project. Multiple students may submit individual applications associated with a single project, but all individual applications associated with a single project are not guaranteed funding. Proposed projects must be stand-alone and not dependent on other components for completion. Proposals must primarily be the work of the student.
Possible projects include but are not limited to the Linn-Benton Community College Space Exploration Team Projects, Oregon Coast Community College Scientific Observation & Atmospheric Research (SOAR) Program, high-altitude ballooning, rocketry programs, and CubeSat programs. Students interested in gaining additional hands-on experience should discuss potential projects with their OSGC representative. SCORE projects from previous years are listed below after appendices.
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. Community college students may work with mentors from 4-year institutions or with someone other than the affiliate representative. Projects should be completed within the winter term after award selections are made. Projects and mentors must be approved by the OSGC representative at your institution.
AWARD AMOUNT AND DURATION
Awards in the amount of $800 per student will be competitively awarded to community college students during the 2020-21 academic year. If awarded, all work must be completed by end of winter term/beginning of spring term 2021. Funding is compensation for a student's time and costs associated with printing a poster/travel to the Student Symposium, if circumstances allow for an in-person event. Funds are NOT intended for supplies used to complete the research project. Funds for supplies related to the project should be provided by the mentor and/or department.
Awards of $800 will be made in one disbursement upon completion of the research project, submission of an accepted final report, and participation in the SCORE Student Symposium in May 2021 (virtual or in-person will be determined at a later date). This is a non-renewable award, paid in one disbursement, over one academic term only.
NOTE: Oregon NASA Space Grant Consortium’s obligation to make awards is contingent upon availability of funds from the NASA National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program.
DATES AND DEADLINES
Application Deadline: Tuesday, December 1, 2020
Award Selections: By December 16, 2020
Duration: Winter Term 2021 - work should be completed by end of Winter Term/beginning of Spring Term, April/May 2021
Participation in SCORE Student Symposium: Friday, May 21, 2020 - virtual or in-person at the OSU LaSells Stewart Center in Corvallis if circumstances allow
Award Disbursement: $800 - students will receive the award funds upon completion of work, submission of final report, and participation in the SCORE Student Symposium
NOTE: There is not a hard deadline when work must be finalized; however, a final report must be submitted prior to the SCORE Student Symposium and students must participate in the symposium in order to receive the award check.
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 OSGC affiliated community college at the time of application (fall 2020) and remains enrolled for the duration of the award (through winter 2021). Student may be dual-enrolled in an OSGC affiliated community college and 4-year institution through the duration of the award.
For "STEM" students not currently enrolled in "STEM-related coursework", supplemental information must be provided, including but not limited to:
Documentation declaring a STEM-related major or degree path.
Documentation of degree plan provided by adviser (general or degree-specific), which includes STEM-related coursework.
Letter of recommendation from past STEM faculty member or mentor.
Please discuss options with your OSGC affiliate representative to ensure criteria are adequately met.
REQUIRED APPLICATION MATERIAL
On the on-line application form, you will be prompted to answer the following questions:
A 2-4 page proposal is required, and must include the following:
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 OSGC Affiliate Representative from the student’s respective institution. See Appendix C. Sample Template for Research/Project Proposal.
Letter of Support
The faculty mentor must write a supporting letter, describing how the student will contribute to the research or project, indicating support for the proposal, and demonstrating clear understanding of the role of SCORE Mentor (see SCORE Faculty Mentor section below). The letter of support must be included with the student’s application packet.
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
Applications are ranked based on the following criteria:
DELIVERABLES IF AWARDED
SCORE FACULTY MENTORS
Who can be a mentor? As an affiliate member of the Oregon NASA Space Grant Consortium (OSGC), faculty at your institution are eligible to serve as a MENTOR for the SCORE program to support community college students engaging in a potentially life-changing research experience.
What is the role of a mentor? As a participant of the program, you are asked to provide ongoing guidance and resources to support successful completion of a term-long project. The duration of this commitment will vary and is dependent on the type of project and student engagement. This may include, but is not limited to:
Is there assistance for mentors? OSGC will provide support and assistance for mentors to successfully complete their role as a SCORE mentor. Support is identified on a case-by-case basis, and may include but is not limited to:
If you are interested in becoming a SCORE Mentor, please contact your institution’s affiliate representative listed under Eligible Institutions.
Direct questions to Catherine Lanier, OSGC Associate Director, via email at [email protected] or call 541-737-2414.
I. NASA’s Vision
To discover and expand knowledge for the benefit of humanity
II. NASA’s Mission
Lead an innovative and sustainable program of exploration with commercial and international partners to enable human expansion across the solar system and bring new knowledge and opportunities back to Earth. Support growth of the Nation’s economy in space and aeronautics, increase understanding of the universe and our place in it, work with industry to improve America’s aerospace technologies, and advance American leadership.
III. Four strategic themes are the foundation for the 2018 Strategic Plan and NASA’s goals:
DISCOVER – Expand human knowledge through new scientific discoveries
EXPLORE – Extend human presence deeper into space and to the Moon for sustainable long-term exploration and utilization
DEVELOP – Address national challenges and catalyze economic growth
ENABLE – Optimize capabilities and operations
NASA Strategic Plan 2018: https://www.nasa.gov/sites/default/files/atoms/files/nasa_2018_strategic_plan.pdf
IV: NASA’s vision and mission draw support from the organizational structure of the Mission Directorates, each with a specific responsibility.
NASA’s Mission Directorates
Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate (ARMD): transforms aviation with research to dramatically reduce the environmental impact of flight, and improves aircraft and operations efficiency while maintaining safety in increasingly crowded skies. ARMD also generates innovative aviation concepts, tools, and technologies for development and maturation by the aviation community. https://www.nasa.gov/aeroresearch
Human Exploration and Operations (HEOMD): leads human exploration in and beyond low Earth orbit by developing new transportation systems and performing scientific research to enable sustained and affordable human life outside of Earth. HEOMD also manages space communication and navigation services for the Agency and its international partners. http://www.nasa.gov/directorates/heo/home/
Science Mission Directorate (SMD): expands the frontiers of Earth science, heliophysics, planetary science, and astrophysics. Using robotic observatories, explorer craft, ground-based instruments, and a peer-reviewed portfolio of sponsored research, SMD seeks knowledge about our solar system, the farthest reaches of space and time, and our changing Earth. http://science.nasa.gov/
Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD): pursues transformational technologies that have high potential for offsetting future mission risk, reducing cost, and advancing existing capabilities. STMD uses merit-based competition to conduct research and technology development, demonstration, and infusion of these technologies into NASA’s missions and American industry. This mission directorate is being refocused as a new Exploration Research & Technology (ER&T) organization to support exploration as a primary customer. http://www.nasa.gov/directorates/spacetech/home/index.html
The Mission Support Directorate (MSD): enables the Agency’s missions by managing institutional services and capabilities. MSD is actively reducing institutional risk to NASA’s current and future missions by improving processes, stimulating efficiency, and providing consistency and uniformity across institutional standards and practices. https://www.nasa.gov/msd
2019-20 SCORE Recipients and Project Presentations
Nathaniel Balmain - Southwestern Oregon Community College | Mentor: Aaron Coyner, Ph.D.
Using UV Event Localization to Constrain Magnetic Reconnection Geometry in Solar Flares
Haley Dean - Oregon Coast Community College | Mentor: William Lilley
Project Stardust: The Search for Micrometeorites in the Oregon Coastal Environments
Anya DeCarlo - Portland Community College, Cascade Campus | Mentor: Brett Schaerer
The Effect of UVC Radiation on Tardigrades
Marisa Gonzalez - Portland Community College, Southeast Campus | Mentor: Alexie Mckee
Investigating the Growth of Breathable Oxygen Producers in Cytherean, Lunar, and Martian Pressures
David Guarente - Portland Community College, Southeast Campus | Mentor: Eriks Puris
An Explorative Analysis into Mount St. Helens Volcanic Ash
Jonathan Lambert - Lane Community College | Mentor: Edgar F. Rosas Alquicira, Ph.D.
On-Land Experimental Cultivation of a Nutritionally Dense Seaweed for its Human Consumption in Space
Hayden Reinhold - Portland Community College, Sylvania Campus | Mentor: Eric Hall
Analysis of Electrical and Temperature Relationships for Rechargeable Batteries
Philip Renaud-Tussey - Lane Community College | Mentor: Dennis Gilbert, Ph.D.
Simulation & Experiment of Normal Force Interactions in Micro-Gravity Environment
Briar Rogers - Portland Community College, Southeast Campus | Mentor: Julia Betts
Investigating the Feasibility of Using Martian Soil as a Medium for Agricultural Food Production
Zackary Rood - Portland Community College, Southeast Campus | Mentor: Alexie Mckee
Observing the Growth of Breathable O2 Producers in Cytherean, Lunar, and Martian Atmospheric Composition and Light Conditions
Ryne Shelton - Portland Community College, Southeast Campus | Mentor: Lee Collins
Investigating Solid Oxide Fuel Cells as a Lightweight, Highly Efficient Alternative to the Standard Alkaline Battery
Ethan Stouder - Portland Community College, Southeast Campus | Mentor: Julia Betts
Plastic to Reforest the Earth
2018-19 SCORE Recipients
Jacob Brauer - PCC Sylvania Campus - Improve Behr Free-Fall Apparatus
Emily Gemmill - PCC Sylvania Campus - The Physics of Fluids and Application to Traffic Flow and Patterns
Izikaula Huntley - PCC Southeast Campus – Sustainable Food: Reducing the Energy Demands of Urban Vertical Hydroponic Systems
Aurora Jimenez - PCC Southeast Campus - Landslide Investigation of Dog Mountain and Wind Mountain
Bailee McMahon - Southwestern Oregon Community College - Analysis of Spatial and Temporal Relationships between Hard X-ray and Ultraviolet Emission in Solar Flares Observed with RHESSI and SDO
Teresa Nguyen - PCCSoutheast Campus - Systems Engineering for PSAS/Base 11 Space Challenge
Hayden Reinhold - PCC Sylvania Campus - Measuring Gravitational Acceleration with Digital Sensors
Isabella Trifilo-Miley - Southwestern Oregon Community College - Effects of Solar Structure on Solar Flare X-ray Emissio
Tellina Zavala - Linn-Benton Community College - Automated Garden Habitat Project
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