Next RockOn Workshop – Summer 2019

RockOn, a workshop at Wallops Flight Facility for sounding rocket payload design, is an exciting chance for teams of students to kickstart payload projects at their home institutions. Participants in the workshop will build a working scientific payload and then see it launch on a real sounding rocket!

2019 registration is now open!

MDSGC strongly encourages Maryland teams or individuals to apply for support to participate in RockOn, which is hosted by our colleagues at the Colorado and Virginia Space Grant Consortia. The 2019 workshop dates will be June 14-21, 2019. Discounted early registration is available until March, but we expect all slots to fill much earlier so don’t delay.

Maryland teams or individuals planning to attend or interested for a future year should contact Matt Collinge for details.

Summer Internship Proposals

MDSGC invites proposals to support summer 2019 internships and student research projects at Maryland institutions. Prospective mentors (typically, faculty at educational institutions) who have not previously applied for MDSGC funds are especially encouraged to apply.

Projects may be in any STEM area with relevance to NASA’s missions or future workforce needs. Preference will be given to proposals with strong NASA connections, including collaboration with NASA scientists or engineers, research associated with past, present or future NASA missions, and general aerospace or space science relevance. A typical proposal will request support for 1-2 students. This opportunity is primarily intended for undergraduate level students, but applications to support high-school or graduate interns can be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Proposals must be submitted to mdsgc@jhu.edu no later than December 31, 2018. Decisions are expected in late January 2019.

Rules and restrictions:

  • Students receiving direct funding through this program must be U.S. citizens.
  • Students supported through this program will be required to:
    • Present their work at MDSGC symposium in late July/early August 2019
    • Complete an exit survey at the end of the project
    • Agree to participate in MDSGC longitudinal tracking
  • If the program is substantially oversubscribed, MDSGC may limit awards to no more than 2 students per institution.

Required proposal elements:

  1. Mentor qualifications — Brief description of professional qualifications and past mentorship experience.
  2. Project description — No more than one page about each project and its relevance to NASA.
  3. Student recruitment plan — If specific students have already been identified, briefly describe how they were recruited and their qualifications. We especially encourage proposals with recruitment targeted at women and members of underrepresented minorities.
  4. Student learning goals and timeline — Examples: programming languages, analysis techniques, specialized topical knowledge, intermediate milestones in project completion.
  5. Mentoring plan/evaluation — How often student and primary mentor will meet; peer mentoring/group participation; what feedback will be provided to the student. Criteria for overall project and student success.
  6. Deliverables/expected results — Include plan for presenting results and/or incorporating into publications.
  7. Budget — Preference will be given to proposals that incorporate significant non-federal match (e.g., university, state, corporate, or private funds), including in-kind contributions (e.g., mentor’s contributed time), and for which MDSGC funds are used primarily to support student stipends. Up to $500 may be budgeted, per intern, for materials (if needed; please describe). Please see NASA internship stipend guidelines in the table below. Students supported through this program will also be eligible to apply to MDSGC for travel support to present their work at a meeting within the following calendar year. Funds for such travel may but need not be built into the proposal budget. 

NASA Internship Stipend Levels (effective Fall 2018)
Fall and Spring (16 weeks)
Full-time graduate: $14,400
Full-time undergrad: $11,680
Summer (10 weeks)
Full-time graduate: $9,000
Full-time undergrad: $7,300

For any questions, please contact MDSGC Deputy Director Matt Collinge.

Summer Internships at NASA, APL, and STScI

Applications for Summer 2019 NASA internships are open. The deadline is March 31, 2019 but it is better to apply as early as possible (see below).

Apply for the upcoming cycle through the NASA system at:

https://intern.nasa.gov/.

The application period for summer NASA internships opens early in the fall and closes in the spring. However, applications are considered and offers are made on a rolling basis. For 2019, offers are expected within the timeframe of January 16–March 31. In general, it’s not wise to wait for the deadline — the earlier you apply, the better your chances!

The Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) and the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) also host summer internship programs.

APL hires hundreds of summer interns each year. Several programs are currently open, including general college-level internships as well as opportunities specific to JHU students or students attending minority serving institutions. For more information or to apply, visit:  http://www.jhuapl.edu/Careers/CollegeInternships.

STScI will again run its Space Astronomy Summer Program, with applications due in January:  http://www.stsci.edu/opportunities/space-astronomy-summer-program.

Please contact us with any questions about these programs.

2019 MDSGC Summer Exchange Internship Program Announcement

The 2019 program will exchange students among five participating universities for a 10-week engineering internship experience. Visit the 2018 Summer Exchange page for representative program information. Information for the 2019 program will be available by early January 2019; the application deadline is anticipated to be in March 2019.

The MDSGC Summer Exchange program supports qualified students from participating institutions to partake in hands-on summer engineering internships at any of the other participating institutions. Interested students should contact the faculty coordinator (see below) at their home institution for more information.

The participating institutions in the 2019 program will be:

Capitol Technology University
Coordinator: Prof. Angela Walters

Morgan State University
Coordinator: Prof. Guangming Chen

University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Coordinator: Prof. Carlos Romero-Talamás

University of Maryland, College Park
Coordinator: Prof. Mary Bowden

University of Maryland, Eastern Shore
Coordinator: Prof. Abhijit Nagchaudhuri

For information about last year’s program, visit the 2018 Summer Exchange page. For information about the 2019 program, check back in early January, contact the faculty coordinator at your institution, or contact Matt Collinge at MDSGC.

HCC Summer Bridge Internships

Hagerstown Community College students: Are you interested in Space? Aeronautics? Robotics? Astrophysics?  Or any other STEM field of study of relevance to NASA? Then read on!

Each summer, MDSGC supports one or more paid summer internships for HCC students interested in the above who are (1) U.S. citizens; (2) pursuing a STEM major; and (3) considering enrolling at one of the following universities: Capitol Technology University, Johns Hopkins University, Morgan State University, Towson University, University of Maryland College Park, University of Maryland Baltimore County, or University of Maryland Eastern Shore.

HCC students who will have completed at least one year of studies by summer can apply for this opportunity. For successful applicants, the Maryland Space Grant Consortium will arrange a paid 10-week summer internship at any of the above universities focused in the area of your choice. In addition to the hands-on research and learning experience of the internship itself, this will provide the opportunity to get to know the university you may ultimately attend.

As of mid-April 2018, summer 2018 positions were filled! To get an idea about how to prepare for next year’s opportunity, have a look at the application form, and see what kind of internship projects MDSGC sponsors here or here.

For more information please contact either:

HCC Bridge Coordinator
Prof. Ed Sigler
Office: STEM-424
(240) 500-2610

Maryland Space Grant Consortium
Matt Collinge, Deputy Director
(410) 516-7106

Scholarship Applications

The regular application period for Fall 2018 scholarships was March 16 through May 1, 2018. Late applications will still be considered on a case by case basis, if funding slots are available. For information about the program and to apply, visit our Scholarships page. Priority is given to eligible returning students, but new applications can always be considered, contingent on the availability of funds.

Current scholarship recipients: if you are looking for the awardee information form, it is here.