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NASA Kentucky Space Grant Consortium

NASA Kentucky expects to release requests for proposals in early April. Submission deadlines will be 5/18 for Space Grant and 5/22 for EPSCoR


NASA Kentucky Summer Opportunities

With the significant impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on spring semester research and class schedules, it is expected this disruption will extend into summer. NASA will soon determine how their summer internships will be structured, which will affect several Kentucky students at schools across the state.
NASA Kentucky Space Grant provides stipend support for Kentucky students who have been selected for NASA internships as well as undergraduate students participating in internships and summer research opportunities in-state.
If you have ideas for in-state summer internship or research opportunities in which Kentucky students could participate or in which you would serve as mentor, please contact us at so we can consider these opportunities in our decisions for how best to support Kentucky’s STEM and aerospace students this summer under these extraordinary circumstances.

Prospective opportunities should include contingency plans for remote / virtual participation and incorporate the following:

  • Focus on engaging undergraduate students with hands-on experience in a relevant Kentucky industry or research area
  • Be guided by an industry or faculty mentor and serve to advance the student's knowledge toward their degree
  • Provide the experience of working with technical professionals and support STEM workforce development aligned with Kentucky’s aerospace industries and startups as well as NASA priorities.
  • Consist of at least 400 contact hours of mentored, degree-relevant, work-activity
  • Participating students should be US citizens enrolled in a Kentucky college or university with a minimum GPA of 3.0

NASA Science Mission Design Schools call for applicants

The 32nd Annual Planetary Science Summer School (PSSS) and the Heliophysics Mission Design School Pilot (HMDS), adapted from PSSS are 3-month long career development experiences to learn development of a hypothesis-driven robotic space mission in a concurrent engineering environment while getting an in-depth, first-hand look at mission design, life cycle, costs, schedule & the trade-offs inherent in each.  Science & engineering doctoral candidates, recent PhDs, postdocs,  junior faculty, & certain master’s degree students, who are U.S. Citizens or legal permanent residents (& a very limited number of Foreign Nationals from non-designated counties) are eligible.
With workload of a rigorous 3-hour graduate-level course, participants spend the first 10 weeks in preparatory webinars acting as a science mission team, and spend the final culminating week at JPL in Pasadena CA, mentored by JPL’s Advance Project Design Team to refine their science mission concept design, and present it to a mock expert review board.

32nd Annual Planetary Science Summer School
Session 1: Preparatory Sessions May 18-Jul 17.
   Culminating Week at JPL Jul 20-24
Session 2: Preparatory Sessions May 18-Jul 31.
   Culminating Week at JPL Aug 3-7
Heliophysics Mission Design School Pilot
Session 1: Preparatory Sessions Jun 22-Aug 28.
   Culminating Week at JPL Aug 31-Sep 4
Session 2: Preparatory Sessions Sep 7-Nov 6.
   Culminating Week at JPL Nov 9-13

TOMORROW: An informational session, with chat Q&A, on the topic of applying to the 2020 Planetary Science Summer School or Heliophysics Mission Design School, will be held April 7, 2020 at 11:00 am ET / 8:00 am PT. Registration is required to participate. Register at:


NASA Kentucky Space Grant Consortium is a Kentucky higher education program in partnership with NASA focused on aerospace-related research and workforce development.

NASA KY supports projects in areas of aerospace, aeronautics, space science, and related disciplines including energy, physics, geosciences, biomedical, human health and performance, and computer science.

For more information contact NASA KY:  |  859-218-6272

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