Press Release

NASA Awards $10 Million Cooperative Agreement To Maryland Firm

By SpaceRef Editor
March 27, 2009
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MOFFETT FIELD, Calif. – NASA Ames Research Center has selected the Universities Space Research Association (USRA), Columbia, Md., for award of a new five-year cooperative agreement valued at $9,873,524 to provide internships to talented university students and faculty engaged in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Under the terms of the agreement, the USRA will design, implement and manage a work-force development program, called the Education Associates Program (EAP), under the auspices of NASA Ames Education and Public Outreach Branch.

The program will address the critical shortage of American students enrolling in, and graduating from, the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines. This is a matter of serious concern to NASA, all high-tech companies and the nation. To encourage student engagement in STEM fields of study, the EAP will provide hands-on internships with NASA scientists and engineers, with a particular added focus on diversity enrollment.

The program will give NASA an avenue to tap the talent of students and faculty at institutions of higher education by giving them a chance to experience NASA first hand. It will make students aware of opportunities they might otherwise have overlooked. And it will give faculty the opportunity to update their knowledge base with cutting-edge technologies while enhancing collaboration with NASA personnel on research activities.

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