The primary goal of the Space Life Sciences Training Program (SLSTP) is to train the next generation of scientists and engineers, enabling NASA to meet future research and development challenges in the space life sciences. The SLSTP provides undergraduate students with the opportunity to perform cutting-edge research and discover exciting careers in Space Biology at NASA’s Ames Research Center located in Silicon Valley, California. Interns are paired with a mentor for specific laboratory or computational projects in areas such as molecular, cell, organismal or synthetic biology, bioinformatics or bioengineering. In addition, the cohort of interns designs and executes a group project.
The SLSTP is an equal opportunity program. Admission is by competitive application process. Past student participants were selected for their outstanding merit, passion for space, and desire to study space life science. Applicants must fulfill the following requirements:
- be a US citizen*
- be in high academic standing (GPA of 3.2 or greater)
- have a minimum age of 18
- be a junior or senior undergraduate student next Fall
— or —
a senior graduating in 2020 and entering graduate school next Fall.
- have a passion for space and a desire to study space life science
*Citizens of US territories Puerto Rico, Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Northern Marianas are U.S. citizens. Permanent Resident foreign nationals, Legal Resident Aliens, Work Permit holders, and Illegal Immigrants are not eligible.
The SLSTP Intern Program application deadline is January 21, 2020. The 10-week program begins on June 8, 2020 and ends August 14, 2020 with expected arrival and departure dates of 6/7/20 and 8/15/20 respectively. Selected interns will be provided housing and receive a stipend. Financial support is also provided to interns who submit an accepted abstract as first author to the annual meeting of the American Society for Gravitational and Space Research.