USDA will host Fellowships Webinar on April 23rd

On April 23rd from 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm, USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service/Office of Capacity Building and Development will host a webinar on the availability of  U.S. based short term agricultural Fellowships offered by the Trade and Scientific Exchanges Division.  Universities under the U.S. Land Grant University system can apply to become training providers for these short term exchange activities.  This includes hosting groups or individuals from international agricultural ministries, agribusinesses, universities, and research institutes.  This webinar will provide background information on the specific Fellowships within the Trade and Scientific Exchanges Division, such as the Cochran Fellowship Program and the Norman E. Borlaug Fellowship Program, and how universities can become engaged.

Please contact Meg Durcan at or (202) 720-0431 if you would like to be added to the webinar invitation list.   A link to the webinar will be provided at a later date.


Major STEM Opp (G5-16 ) September 2015 – Student Experiments on Int’l Space

Student Experiments on Int’l Space Station March 24, 2015 Announcing: Major (G5-16) STEM Opportunity for School Districts Starting September 2015 – Student Spaceflight Experiments Program – Mission 9 to the International Space Station The National Center for Earth and Space Science Education, the Arthur C. Clarke Institute for Space Education, and NanoRacks announce Mission 9 to the International Space Station.

This STEM education opportunity immerses grade 5-16 (pre-college and 2- and 4-year college and university) students across a community in an authentic, high visibility research experience, where student teams design and propose real microgravity experiments to fly in low Earth orbit on the International Space Station.

The program nurtures ownership in learning, critical thinking, problem solving, navigation of an interdisciplinary landscape, and communication skills – all reflective of the Next Generation Science Standards, the skills needed by professional scientists and engineers, and the skills desired by 21st century employers. Each participating community will be provided a real microgravity research mini-laboratory capable of supporting a single experiment, and all launch services to fly the experiment to the International Space Station in Spring 2016, and return is safely to Earth for student harvesting and analysis. A 9-week experiment design competition in each community, held September through November 2015, and locally engaging typically 300 students, allows student teams to design and formally propose real experiments vying for their community’s reserved mini-lab on Space Station.

A formal 2-step proposal review process, mirroring professional review, will determine the community’s flight experiment. Content resources for teachers and students support foundational instruction on science in microgravity and experimental design. Additional programming leverages the experiment design competition to engage the community, embracing a Learning Community Model for STEM education. This includes a local art and design competition for a Mission Patch to accompany the flight experiment to Station. SSEP is therefore more suitably characterized as a community-wide STEAM experience.

TIME CRITICAL: all interested communities are asked to inquire by April 30, 2015; schools and districts need to assess interest with their staff and, if appropriate, move forward with an Implementation Plan. Communities must be aboard by August 31, 2015, for a 9-week experiment design and proposal writing phase from September 7 to November 6, 2015.

The flight experiment will be selected by December 17, 2015. Launch of the Mission 9 to ISS “Endeavor” experiments payload is expected in Spring 2016. NEXT STEP: carefully read the SSEP Home page, which provides an Executive Summary of the Program and the

Mission 9 to ISS Flight Opportunity: Of interest: SSEP was showcased in Scientific American, February 17, 2015


Dr. Jeff Goldstein, SSEP Program Director; cell 301-395-0770;

New EONS Appendices

2014 NASA EONS Solicitation New Appendix

NASA’s Office of Education is accepting new proposals under the Education Opportunities in NASA STEM (EONS) 2014 NASA Research Announcement for MUREP Other Opportunities (MOO) appendix. MOO is designed to increase the number of minorities in STEM education areas relevant to NASA and contribute to effective implementation of NASA’s educational goals and objectives using NASA’s unique assets and capabilities.  MOO also seeks to increase the number of available STEM courses and curricular pathways, while attracting, retaining, and supporting the success of students in STEM degree programs, and subsequently in NASA-related careers.

Proposals are due June 26, 2015.

For more information regarding MOO Solicitation, please visit the NASA EONS page on NSPIRES

2014 NASA EONS Solicitation New Appendix

NASA’s Office of Education is accepting new proposals under the Education Opportunities in NASA STEM (EONS) 2014 NASA Research Announcement for MUREP Educator Institutes (MEI) appendix.  MEI is designed to engage with MSI(s) to bring high performing undergraduate students, who plan to teach STEM, to NASA Centers for one week to interact with NASA missions and SMEs; engage participating future educators with NASA experts to collaborate and provide the most advanced and innovative pre-service/alternate route experiences possible; inspire future educators to help NASA communicate with students for years to come; and reach underserved and underrepresented populations and institutions.

The specific objectives of the MEIs are to engage future educators enrolled in MSIs in NASA-unique, authentic STEM experiences affiliated with NASA missions and facilitated by NASA SMEs and train these future educators in the use of evidence-based instructional practices that provide students with rich, NASA-unique STEM learning opportunities.

Proposals are due June 30, 2015.

For more information regarding MEI Solicitation, please visit the NASA EONS page on NSPIRES



FY 2015 Funding Opportunity Announcements

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Offce of Minority Health (OMH) has FY 2015 Funding Opportuniity Annoucements available.

OMH administers grant programs to support projects that implement innovative models to improve minority health and reduce health disparities. OMH currently has four funding opporunities annoucements for which applications are being accepted. Read more.


Webinar: What You Need to Know About the MCAT2015 Exam, Wednesay March 18

Calling all Pre-Med Stundents!

The AAMC and The White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities are pleased to bring you the webinar:

What You Need to Know About the MCAT2015 Exam

Date: Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Time: 2:00pm ET

This webinar will focus on the new MCAT2015 exam, which will begin administration in April 2015. The agenda includes a description of the changes to the new exam, how the exam is organized, and how the exam is scored. In addition, information will be shared about registration and test day expectations, as well as the types of the low- and no-cost test preparation materials that the AAMC has made available and new resources to be released in the near future. The webinar will include a Q&A period.

Registration is FREE, click here for more information !!



NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) seeking interns

GSFC will be accepting applications between March 9, 2015 and March 16, 2015 for our Fall 2015 Pathways IEP opportunities.

You can search and apply for NASA federal opportunities on For the specific IEP jobs see below:

NASA’s Office of Education sponsors seasonal opportunities including internships, fellowships and scholarships.

If you are interested in non- federal service student research-based science, technology, egineering and math (STEM) opportunities apply directly at:

NASA Student Opportunities – Deadlines are approaching

02/10 – 12/2015 – NASA One Stop Shopping Initiative (OSSI) Online Career Week. 

Under the NASA Internships, Fellowships, and Scholarships (NIFS), the first OSSI Online Career Week will take place on February 10 – 12, 2015. This is a virtual activity that will connect NASA Centers, STEM employers and top graduate programs with a highly qualified and diverse pool of prospective applicants from colleges and universities across the country. The Office of Education will coordinate and collaborate with the Office of Human Capital Management to leverage this activity.  The career week will include: NASA DAY (February 10), with participation from all NASA Centers; STEM INDUSTRY DAY (February 11), with participation from several STEM companies; and STEM Graduate Programs Fair (February 12), with participation from a total of up to 10 Predominantly Black Colleges, Predominantly White Institutions, and Hispanic Serving Institutions that offer STEM Graduate Programs.

POC: Carolyn Knowles,

One Stop Shopping Initiative (OSSI), NASA Internships, Fellowships and Scholarships (NIFS)

NASA Internships are educational hands-on traineeships that provide unique NASA-related research and operational experiences for high school, undergraduate, and graduate students as well as educators. These internships integrate participants with career professionals emphasizing mentor-directed, degree-related, real-world task completion. During the internship participants engage in scientific or engineering research, development, and operations activities. In addition, there are non-technical internship opportunities to engage in professional activities which support NASA business and administrative processes. Through these internships, participants leverage NASA’s unique mission activities and mentorship to enhance and increase their professional capabilities and clarify their long-term career goals.

NASA Internships can be full or part-time, conducted at a NASA facility, contractor facility, or anywhere activities are ongoing to advance NASA’s missions. Mentors can be civil servants, contractors, or faculty conducting activities directly related to NASA’s unique assets and ongoing mission activities.

NASA internships occur within the following 4 sessions per year generally corresponding to the academic calendar: spring, summer, fall, and year-long (often following the academic year Aug.-May)

Summer internship applications are accepted: 11/10/2014 – 03/01/2015

For more information  Go to

NASA Office of Education Scholarship and Research Opportunities

Applications Deadline: March 31, 2015

NASA Office of Education (OE) provides funds for the NASA Scholarship and Research Opportunities (SRO), which awards scholarships to individuals who are pursuing degrees in undergraduate studies specifically in areas of projected deficiencies in the NASA Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) workforce. Students interested in applying to the NASA Scholarship and Research Opportunities may apply to either the Minority University Research and Education Project (MUREP) Scholarships, the Aeronautics Scholarships, or both scholarships, provided the student meets the eligibility criteria. The MUREP Scholarship awards scholarships for individuals pursuing or planning to pursue undergraduate studies leading to Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree in one or more relevant NASA related, STEM disciplines. Students must currently attend or plan to attend an accredited Minority Serving Institution (MSI) in the United States. The NASA Scholarship and Research Opportunities for Aeronautics Undergraduate Scholarships (AUS) awards scholarships for individuals pursuing or planning to pursue undergraduate studies leading to Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree in areas related to aeronautics. These scholarships are directed toward enhancing the state of aeronautics for the nation, transforming the nation’s air transportation system, and developing the knowledge, tools, and technologies to support future air and space vehicles.

2014 NASA EONS Solicitation New Appendix

NASA’s Office of Education is accepting new proposals under the Education Opportunities in NASA STEM (EONS) 2014 NASA Research Announcement for the NASA Office of Education MUREP Advanced STEM Training and Research (ASTAR) Fellowships appendix. NASA Office of Education Fellowships support independently conceived or designed research, or senior design projects for graduate students in disciplines needed to help advance NASA’s missions. ASTAR fellowships provides awards for individuals, early in their graduate studies, pursuing or planning to pursue graduate studies leading to Masters and Doctoral degrees in relevant NASA-related disciplines at accredited U.S. universities. The fellowship award includes tuition offset, student stipend, and funding for an annual Center Based Research Experience (CBRE), resulting in an annual award of up to $50,000 for a student pursuing a Masters’ degree/ $55,000 for a student pursuing a Doctoral degree. Fellowships awards are made in the form of training grants to academic institutions and are for a duration of no more than three academic years. Proposals are due May 4, 2015.

For more information regarding ASTAR Fellowships, please visit the NASA EONS page on NSPIRES