The National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education (NAFEO) in collaboration with Minority Serving Institutions (MSI), and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) are pleased to offer the opportunity to participate in the 2004 summer session of the NAFEO/Ames Research Academy.

The NAFEO/Ames Research Academy is a world-class, shared-use research and education facility located at Moffett Field, California (Silicon Valley). At this facility, faculty and students from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU), Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSI), or Tribal Colleges and Universities will collaborate with industry, academia and nonprofit organizations on research programs that will strengthen NASA for future initiatives that are consistent with NASA’s mission of understanding and protecting our home planet, exploring the universe and searching for life on other planets, and inspiring the next generation of explorers “as only NASA can.”

One important aspect of the program for our Undergraduate students is preparation for Graduate School. Through the use of seminars, mentoring workshops and site visits, students are exposed to numerous opportunities for networking with researchers with many of the top schools in the country, including Stanford University and UC Berkeley. In addition, all Academy Scholars who are completing their Junior Year will be required to take a Graduate Record Exam (GRE) preparation course as part of the academy program while here at NASA/Ames.  This mandatory 2 hr class on either Saturday or Sunday will run for a total of 8 weeks. At the end of the preparation course you are advised to immediately take the GRE. Successful completion of this course is your best opportunity to achieve the highest possible score on the exam.

Length of Program
Summer 2004 (May 24–August 12, approximately ten weeks)

Number of Participants
Ten weeks —A Minimum of Ten Positions - Highly competitive!

Stipends For Ten Week Program

   Graduate students             $7,500
   Seniors             $7,000
   Juniors    $6,500
   Sophomores    $6,000

 All students will receive free housing and free round trip transportation to Mountain View, Ca.
If additional funds are needed, loans are available to students for expenses.

 Eligibility Requirements
• Full-time student at a Historically Black College/University, Hispanic Serving Institution, or Tribal College/University.
• Must be a full-time graduate or undergraduate student with research interests in the space sciences, who is majoring in a  science, mathematics,, and/or engineering field.
• Must be a citizen of the United States or Permanent Resident Alien.

Selection Criteria
• Applicants must meet all eligibility requirements
• Applicants must submit a completed application.
• Applicant must provide official transcript(s).
• Applicant must submit two letters of reference from faculty members.
    For Graduate students, one letter must be from their academic advisor or thesis advisor.
• Applicants must submit current resume.

Selection Process
• Applications will be screened initially by the Program and Project Director.
• Applications will be forwarded to the respective NASA–Ames laboratories where the research will be conducted.
• Applicants will be recommended for selection by NASA–Ames researchers in consultation with the Program Director.
• The Program Director will make the final selection and notify each applicant of the status of his/her application.