The Systems Teaching Institute (STI) is offering a 10-12 week summer research program for graduate students in fields relevant to NASA Ames research. Selected students will gain hands-on experience working with cutting-edge research and development teams, an increased understanding of the NASA mission, and mentoring in research management skills. Besides working closely with Ames scientists and engineers, students will have the opportunity to attend seminars tailored to their level of expertise, career development workshops, and an end-of-summer symposium where they can share their results with other student interns. Awards (in the form of travel support to a national conference) will be given for the best symposium poster presentations.
This summer, the STI will be hosting 10-20 students from colleges and universities across the United States. Students will be selected based on their research interests and career goals and how well they complement existing NASA projects. A list of potential projects is listed below. Additional information about UARC research at NASA Ames can be obtained here.
To be eligible, students must be enrolled in (or accepted into) a Masterís or Doctoral program. Students must demonstrate their potential to contribute to Ames research via enrollment in a highly relevant degree program (Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics) and/or articulation of:
For Foreign Nationals:
Students who have F-1 status may work under certain circumstances while they are in the United States. There are two major categories of work for which an international student may qualify: employment on campus and employment off campus. Working as a UARC/STI Graduate Student Intern would constitute employment off campus, for which there are two categories:
The Curricular Practical Training requires that you receive academic credit for your internship at your home institution. More detailed information can be found at the San Jose State University International Programs and Services department.
We highly recommend that all foreign nationals speak with their respective university organizations about the feasibility of obtaining the appropriate work permit. Please note the earlier application deadline for foreign nationals (below).
Students will receive $19- $25 an hour, commensurate with tasks and experience. Starting and ending dates are flexible to allow for varying institutional academic calendars. However, students are expected to work a minimum of 10 weeks between May 1 and September 30, 2010.
The STI offers a stipend which covers 50 – 100% of the lodging expenses for up to 12 weeks; please let us know via your application materials if you will have a need for housing over the period of your internship.
A completed application consists of:
**Foreign National on F-1 Visa must include a copy of their I-20 with application materials. (PLEASE DO NOT SEND ORIGINALS).
**Download Application Form**
All materials should be postmarked on or before March 20, 2010. However, in order to receive the best consideration possible, applicants are strongly encouraged to submit all materials by the deadline given to foreign nationals (December 31, 2009). The STI will accept unofficial transcripts for the March 20th deadline. However, official transcripts must be received by March 31, 2010. The Systems Teaching Institute will make selections and send out notification letters to all applicants on or before April 30, 2010.
To ensure full consideration all materials (except transcripts) should be postmarked on or before December 31, 2009. Official transcripts must be received by March 31, 2010. The Systems Teaching Institute will make selections and send out notification letters to all applicants on or before April 30, 2010.
Please note that students with F-1 status will be required to furnish an I-20 form signed by your home institution before employment can be secured. Please be prepared to furnish this paperwork immediately after submission of your application. Contact the International services department at your home institution for more information.
**Note to Foreign National Applicants**
NASA requires a very extensive background check for all incoming foreign national interns/employees. This process takes 4 - 6 months to complete; longer if you are not able to visit Ames for fingerprinting prior to your internship activities. Even in the best case there is always the possibility that you will not receive computer access and that you will need to be escorted for the duration of your internship.
Send applications to:
UARC Systems Teaching Institute
NASA Ames Research Center
Building 19 room 1085
Moffett Field, CA 94035
Attn: STI Graduate Student Program
For further information about the program, contact Dr. Natalie Batalha at email@example.com Or Amy Gilbert at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Information Technology and Computer Science:
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