Virginia Community College Students Can Soar with STEM Takes Flight NASA Research Experiences

The Virginia Space Grant Consortium announces the 2023 STEM Takes Flight NASA Research Experiences for Virginia’s Community College students. Since 2015, community college sophomores throughout the state have had the opportunity to apply for paid NASA research experiences at NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, and NASA Goddard Space Flight Center’s Wallops Flight Facility on the Eastern Shore. These research experiences take place over 10 weeks during the summer. There are over 20 positions available, and all projects are STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) oriented. 

The STEM Takes Flight NASA Research Experience provides students with real-world, hands-on learning experiences while exposing them to the wide range of STEM career options at NASA. Many of the selected students have utilized the opportunity to attain future internships and permanent positions with NASA. The skills and confidence gained from working on projects with NASA researchers have proven invaluable to previous participants. 

Qualified applicants are undergraduate community college STEM majors, including those pursuing technician degrees, who are at least a rising sophomore and not graduating prior to May of 2023. They must be a U.S. citizen, at least 18 years of age, and a full or part-time student taking a minimum of six credit hours. Selected students will receive a $6,000 stipend. 

The application deadline is March 11. Learn more and apply online at the STEM Takes Flight website.