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New!White Ball Apply now for 2014 national internships

The application season for summer internships is in full swing. NASA and its partners sponsor a wide variety of programs for graduate and undergraduate students to participate in hands-on, cutting edge science and engineering projects.

NASA One Stop Shopping Initiative: SOLAR is the main gateway to once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to do research with top NASA scientists. SOLAR applications will accepted until March 1, 2014. Keep in mind applications are being reviewed continuously; the earlier you apply, the better your chances of being matched.

Some programs have earlier deadlines. For instance, the deadline for the Lunar and Planetary Institute's highly competitive internships is January 17, 2014. LPI interns work one-on-one with scientists at the institute or at the NASA Johnson Space Center on a research project of current interest in lunar and planetary science.

Langley Aerospace Research Summer Scholars Program (LARSS) offers internships to rising juniors and seniors pursuing degrees in aeronautical engineering, mechanical engineering, materials science, computer science, atmospheric science or other selected aerospace disciplines of interest to the NASA Langley Research Center. The deadline is February 1, 2014.

Johns Hopkins University's Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) offers summer projects for students interested in working on NASA missions or space-related research opportunities. The deadline is January 27, 2014. (December 23, 2013)

New!White Ball Applications for 2014 UW Space Grant scholarships are open

Washington NASA Space Grant Consortium annually offers scholarships to incoming freshmen planning to study science, technology, engineering or mathematics at the University of Washington.

Scholarships range from $2,000 to $4,000 and are awarded for one year at a time. Under certain circumstances, award recipients may apply for scholarship renewal.

The application deadline is January 15, 2014. For more information and application forms, go to Scholarships for Incoming Freshmen. (December 23, 2013)

White Ball Design a Martian Habitat winners honored

Winners of the first annual Seattle Science Festival's Design a Martian Habitat competition were recognized during an award ceremony June 2 at Science EXPO Day, an all-day celebration of science on the Seattle Center grounds.

Students competed in three age categories were challenged to design a Martian base habitat for the planet's first human explorers. The designs had to account for how the astronauts would survive on the planet's surface and what science they would do while they were there.

Grand prize winners were third grader Tristan Krzyzanek, eighth grader Allie Michelle Johnson, and high school sophomore Frankie Lyon. The grand prize included a one-year family membership to Pacific Science Center, two tickets to the Seattle Science Festival Science Luminaries Series event of their choice, two IMAX tickets, a commemorative Space Shuttle flash drive, a Seattle Science Festival t-shirt and $150 cash award.

First prize winners were fourth grader Bailey Heller, firth grader Drew Townsend and high school senior Trung Nguyen. Second prize winners were fourth grader Theaux Braley, eighth grader Keaton Freet and high school freshman Srishti Mathur.

The competition was sponsored by Washington NASA Space Grant Consortium, in conjunction with Pacific Science Center and the Seattle Science Festival (July 23, 2012)

White Ball Four students take WSGC science & engineering fair awards

Group photo of 2012 WSSEF winnners

Winners received their awards at the 2012 Washington State Science and Engineering Fair in Bremerton.

Washington NASA Space Grant Consortium awarded $250 book scholarships to four outstanding high school competitors in the Washington State Science and Engineering Fair.

Amanda Villareal and Cynthia Van Wingerden, both of Sunnyside High School, tied for best project in a basic science discipline. Amanda compared the efficiency of solar panels shaped like different tree leaves to that of a standard square panel. Cynthia examined the effectiveness of transmitting light through concrete laced with fiber optic cables.

The WSGC award for best project in engineering went to the Stanwood High School team of Samantha Helmick and Dylan Thrush for their solar-efficient "Smart Blinds."

Honorable mentions were awarded to C. Brenner and J. Knoth of Cedarcrest High School; C. Kealoha and E. Nickerson of Camas High School; and M. Harris of Sequim High School.

See the WSSEF website for a complete list of 2012 science and engineering fair awardees. (April 27, 2012)