College of Science, Technology, and Health

Maine Space Grant Scholarship and Fellowship Program Opportunities

2013-2014 Academic Year

USM, as a member of the Maine Space Grant Consortium, has received funds to award undergraduate ($2500) or graduate ($5500) student fellowships plus $500 towards travel.

NASA/MSGC Fellowships (September, 2013 through the end of May, 2014).

NASA has four broad mission areas around which they organize their research activities. They are aeronautics, exploration systems, science, and space operations. Actually, they are interested in almost everything under and over the sun! Find out information about their mission at:

Links can also be found at the Maine Space Grant Consortium home page http://www.msgc.orgMs. Jana Hall at MSGC (207-622-4688) can assist with identifying NASA Centers and contacts.

NEW THIS YEAR – Underrepresented Programs/Minority Participation:

MSGC strongly encourages the integration of STEM, Arts, Humanities And Social Sciences in this program. It is allowable for Affiliate representatives to expand their Applicant pool outside of the STEM fields to allow for more interdisciplinary collaboration.

Underrepresented groups include: African American, Hispanic, Native American and Pacific Islander.

Expectations of the award recipients are:

1) Work on a research and development project with a USM faculty mentor from September 2013 to May, 2014)

2) Travel to a NASA center during the period of the award (expenses partially paid)

3) Prepare a poster or make an oral presentation at the USM Thinking Matters or another conference (in 2014)

4) A written report at the conclusion of the project


1) Must be a U.S. citizen

2) Full-time USM student with sophomore, junior, or senior standing

3) Must be pursuing a career in physical science, life science, computer science, engineering, K-12 teaching of science, or in the management of science with a strong science background.

Preparation of Application:

1) Faculty and students reviews the above web sites and formulate project opportunities.

2) A student interested in the research opportunity contacts a faculty member, or a faculty member identifies a student to work with her or him on a research project. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

3) Once there is mutual agreement to work together, the student and the faculty member prepare a brief written plan describing the project and the student’s role in it – what will be accomplished and how the student will benefit. A NASA Center and a contact should be identified, preferably before submission of the plan.

4) Submit the plan to Professor Irwin Novak, 112 Bailey Hall, by October 11, 2013.

Notification of awards will be made by shortly thereafter.