Undergraduate Research Scholarship Program

**CLOSED for applications**

Overview
Each year, NC Space Grant awards Undergraduate Research Scholarships to students attending its member institutions who are pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields that support NASA's mission. This competitively awarded program engages the future STEM workforce in basic and/or applied aerospace-related research projects and facilitates the development of mentor relationships between students, faculty and the NASA community.

The Undergraduate Research Scholarship Program requires that students participate in an active, identified research activity in STEM that has aerospace and NASA applications. The research must be supervised by a faculty mentor and may be conducted on the home campus or at an industrial or government facility. The research activity should be continuous and may be conducted anytime during the academic year, summer (defined as a minimum of 10 weeks) or both.

Awards are made annually and are renewable for one year for students making satisfactory academic and research progress. This is a competitive scholarship program supported by NASA and the State of North Carolina. Awards are based on merit recognizing high academic achievement and promise. (Examples of exemplary Undergraduate Research Scholarship applications)

Award Levels
Academic year: $4,000
Summer on-campus: $5,000
Summer off-campus at a NASA center, industry or other research facility: $6,000*

Applicants must indicate on their application whether they are applying for an academic, summer on-campus, or summer off-campus research scholarship. *Off-campus projects at NASA/industry/research facilities are those arranged by the faculty mentor.

Eligibility Requirements
The Undergraduate Research Scholarship applicant must be:

  • Pursuing a bachelor's degree in a science, engineering, technology, or mathematics (STEM) discipline of interest to NASA or aerospace industry.
  • Enrolled as a full-time student at a NC Space Grant member university during the 2014-15 academic year. Students enrolled in an accredited Dual Engineering Degree program are also eligible to apply. Please select the appropriate partnering NC Space Grant member university on your application.
  • Conducting a specific faculty-mentored research project that has NASA or aerospace relevance.
  • In good academic standing with a GPA of 3.0 (out of 4.0).

Applicants are eligible to receive a total of two Undergraduate Research Scholarships during their academic studies.

Please review the FAQ page for more information.

To Apply for an Undergraduate Research Scholarship, click HERE.

Applicants must click new user registration button to begin application
APPLICATIONS MUST BE RECEIVED BY 11:59 P.M. EST February 5, 2014
(Letter of recommendation must be submitted by faculty research mentor by February 7, 2014)
Awards will be announced April 1, 2014

Interested students must complete an online application (see link above). Please read all program guidelines including applicant eligibility and reporting requirements before submitting your application. The application must be submitted online and all information must be complete or the application will not be reviewed. The key components of the application are discussed in more detail below.

  • Description of proposed research project: A statement written by the student in consultation with the advisor should describe: the key elements of the proposed research and plan of study; what he/she intends to accomplish; and, identify any aerospace and NASA application of the proposed research activity. The selection committee is made up of university faculty in a variety of disciplines. Applicants should present their research project in a way that will be understandable to a range of readers.
  • Faculty Recommendation: Applicants will provide the name and contact information for his/her faculty research mentor. NC Space Grant will contact mentor via email to request a letter of recommendation on behalf of the applicant. Mentor will be provided with a link to submit the recommendation. For the application to be complete, recommendation must be submitted by the mentioned due date. NC Space Grant suggests that applicants contact the reference listed and inform them that they will receive an email requesting this information on their behalf (applications@spacegrant.org).
  • University transcripts: Unofficial transcripts from all institutions and from the current institution with grades through Fall 2013 are required and can be submitted as a PDF in the online application. Applicants must submit one transcript from each institution of higher education attended, whether as an undergraduate or graduate student. If the applicant is selected to receive the award, official transcripts will be required at time of acceptance. If the applicant does not have a PDF conversion tool, links to free on-line PDF converters are provided within the application.

Awardee Requirements
The Undergraduate Research Scholar must:

  • Submit a final research report to NC Space Grant;
  • Participate in the State of North Carolina Undergraduate Research and Creativity Symposium (SNCURCS) to be held in November 2014 at NC State University. Participation includes an oral or poster presentation at SNCURCS and active involvement throughout entire symposium.
  • Share their research experiences in public forums or educational settings. Presentations that encourage interest in aerospace careers and research to high school students are of particular interest to NC Space Grant;
  • Provide a photo and biographical information upon selection;
  • Inform the Consortium of changes of address; and
  • Respond to academic and employment follow-up surveys administered by NC Space Grant as required by NASA.

For questions, please contact:
Jobi Cook, Associate Director
NC Space Grant
911 Oval Drive
Engineering Building III, Room 4172
NC State University
Campus Box 7515
Raleigh, NC 27695-7515
jobi_cook@ncsu.edu
(919) 515-5933