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NASA Education Stakeholders’ Summit

By SpaceRef Editor
August 11, 2010
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NASA Education Stakeholders’ Summit

NASA’s Offices of Education, Human Capital and Management, Diversity and Equal Opportunity, and Communications invite the higher education community to attend the NASA Education Stakeholders’ Summit.

NASA’s One Stop Shopping Initiative Stakeholders’ Summit Meeting
Sept. 13-15, 2010
Marriott Westfield Conference Center in Chantilly, Va.

NASA’s One Stop Shopping Initiative is an investment in our nation’s future workforce. The OSSI’s online application tool, SOLAR, will be released during the summit as a powerful response to NASA’s need for change that meets the new demands of the president’s vision. The initiative and SOLAR are innovative, mission-enabling, NASA-wide approaches to market and provide access to college and university students to a portfolio of internship, fellowship and scholarship opportunities offered by NASA mission directorates and centers. The OSSI enables eligible students to access all opportunities through a single portal and single application, which allows NASA to continually re-engage students throughout their academic careers. As strategic partners, NASA Education, Human Capital and Diversity Management collaborate with external stakeholders to support the entry of OSSI students into the NASA workforce, including industry and academia.

The Education Stakeholders’ Summit will bring together high-level representatives of NASA, academia and industry. During the summit, participants will share important national policy initiatives for STEM education and workforce development; communicate the president’s agenda for NASA; place the OSSI in context of these national policies and strategy frameworks; enhance the awareness of the OSSI-Student Online Application for Recruiting Interns, Fellows, and Scholars System and the associated roles and benefits; and provide forums for dialogue and feedback that might enhance NASA workforce development processes.

Summit participants will have the opportunity to hear from several dynamic speakers! Charles F. Bolden Jr., NASA Administrator; the Honorable Arne Duncan, U.S. Secretary of Education; and Dr. Cora Marrett, Acting Director of the National Science Foundation, have all agreed to provide their perspectives and insights on building our nation’s STEM workforce and student pipeline. A special workshop with important information for NASA Principal Investigators has been added.

For more information and to register online, visit

SpaceRef staff editor.