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Higher Ed Faculty

NASA’s Science Mission Directorate (SMD) plays an essential role in inspiring the next generation of explorers, and has a long history of supporting post-secondary opportunities. This link offers higher education faculty information about: SMD Forums’ higher education efforts, classroom resources, programs, events, and opportunities for faculty and undergraduates.

NASA Wavelength is a searchable database that contains a wealth of SMD educational products for the undergraduate classroom.

Astrophysics E/PO Resource Sampler and Planetary Science E/PO Resource Sampler are quick-start guides and “samplers” of the variety of Astrophysics and Planetary Science education resources.

If you would like to be part of SMD’s E/PO Community, please contact the SMD Education Forum that most closely aligns with your interests; contacts are listed at the top of the People Tab.

AEROKATS and ROVER Education Network (AREN) -- Wayne RESA, Wayne MI - Monthly Status Report -- March, 2018


The MUREP Educator Institutes (MEIs) brings together students and professors from Minority Serving Institutions to each of the NASA centers for an authentic STEM experience. The GLOBE Mission Earth team (University of Toledo and NASA Langley) have been working in collaboration with Texas State University, the GLOBE Implementation Office, GLOBE Partners, and NASA to incorporate GLOBE training into the 2018 summer activities.

Recent Preparation Activities

  • Presentation to Educator...


Pre-proposal Workshop Teleconference/Webex

Education Opportunities in NASA STEM (EONS)

2018 NASA Research Announcement


Wednesday, March 7, 2018

1:00 - 3:00 PM ET


You are STRONGLY advised to check the MAA webpage or the MISTC webpage in NSPIRES

before connecting to the teleconference for any last minute changes.

.This is the only way to be notified.


EONS is an umbrella announcement for...

The Space Studies Board of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine will host a celebration of the 60th anniversary of the Explorer 1 mission and the associated discovery of the Earth’s radiation belts. The event will also be the first celebration of the 60th anniversary of the Space Studies Board in 2018. The agenda will focus on scientific and technological advances over the last 60 years, beginning with the history of the mission and radiation belt discoveries and...

NASA CubeSat 101: Basic Concepts and Processes for First-Time CubeSat Developers Cover ImageNASA CubeSat 101: Basic Concepts and Processes for First-Time CubeSat Developers

NASA’s CubeSat Launch Initiative is excited to announce the release of NASA CubeSat 101: Basic Concepts and Processes for First-Time CubeSat Developers. The guide is intended for first-time CubeSat developers, and especially for CubeSats being developed at educational institutions, interested in applying for a launch opportunity through NASA’s CubeSat Launch Initiative.  It covers the CubeSat development...


Join us for the ENSO Phase III Science and Collaboration webinar on Tues., Jan. 9th at 9 am EST/ 2 pm UT/ 9 pm Thailand time

This webinar will focus on the impacts of water- both above and below the surface- on the regions in Far Asia and the Pacific. We will hear from a GLOBE scientist and teacher in Thailand, as they share their experiences with the flooding that has increased during the past few monsoon seasons. They will describe how they have their students use GLOBE protocols to...

NASA is looking for experienced scientists to join the staff as Program Scientists in the Astrophysics, Earth Science, Heliophysics, and Planetary Science divisions of the Science Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC.  

A program scientist:

Performs a range of scientific program planning duties. Takes responsibility for the science content of flight mission programs or projects to carry out Science Mission Directorate (SMD) investigations. Develops, reviews, and...

Posted on behalf of: Kelly Bidwell  GSA Office of Evaluation Sciences (OES) :

We are excited to announce that the GSA Office of Evaluation Sciences (OES) is currently accepting applications for fellowships beginning in October 2018 in Washington, D.C.

We're particularly seeking accomplished researchers who can take temporary leave from their universities or research institutions to serve as Fellows, as well as rising-star researchers for Associate Fellow positions. OES is also eager to...

2018-2019 NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowships
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Proposal Deadline: Feb. 1, 2018

The NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship program is accepting proposals for the 2018-2019 academic year. Applications must be from accredited U.S. universities on behalf of individuals pursuing master’s or doctoral degrees in Earth and space sciences, or related disciplines.

NASA will award training grants to the respective universities, with the...

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is initiating a national search for the Assistant Director for Education and Human Resources (EHR). We seek your assistance in the identification of visionary candidates to lead the Directorate during the coming years. Dr. Joan Ferrini-Mundy served in the position from 2011 through 2016, with Dr. James Lewis serving as the acting Assistant Director since January 2016 as Dr. Ferrini-Mundy accepted the role of Chief Operating Officer of the Foundation....


The following funding announcements have limits on institutional eligibility. Please read the full announcements carefully before applying.

Funding Announcement #1

Solicitation Number: NNH18ZHA002N-MAA Release Date: 12/21/2017   Close Date: 04/30/2018

Solicitation Title: Minority University Research and Education Project (MUREP) Aerospace Academy (MAA)

The goal of the NASA MAA is to utilize NASA’s unique resources to:  Build the interest, skills and knowledge necessary for K-12...

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO) Summer Internship Program provides opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students to participate in projects at federal research facilities located across the country focused on helping DNDO meet its mission of “implementing domestic nuclear detection efforts for a managed and coordinated response to radiological and nuclear threats, as well as integration of federal nuclear forensics programs.”...

Mapping GLOBE Atmosphere and Surface Temperature Data Using ArcGIS Online

 Presenters: David A. Padgett, Associate Professor of Geography, Tennessee State University, TSU students

This webinar spotlights Tennessee State University's Geographic Information Systems Day and National Geography Awareness Week outreach activity.  Ninth grade students attending Nashville's Stratford STEM Magnet High School collected GLOBE Atmosphere and Surface Temperature Protocol data on the Friday prior to...


Posted on behalf of AAAS


The American Association for the Advancement of Science, with funding from the National Science Foundation, will support students and faculty from Historically Black Colleges and Universities to participate in the Making & Innovation Showcase. The showcase will coincide with the Emerging Researchers Network Conference ( ) and take place on February 22-24, 2018 at the Marriott Wardman Park hotel in Washington, D.C.....

NOAA's Office of Education has issued a competitive funding opportunity for projects designed to support the education of the public and/or K-12 students so they are knowledgeable of the ways in which their community can become more resilient to extreme weather events and/or other environmental hazards, and become involved in achieving that resilience. Successful projects will relate to NOAA’s mission and build the environmental literacy necessary for communities to become more resilient to...

Attached are the quad charts; evaluation summary; and 3 attachments, a set of slides showing use of OpenSpace during Year 2 across the OpenSpace Informal Science Institution Network, and the 2017 progress report.

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A revised version of the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG), (NSF 18-1) has been issued. 

A webinar to brief the community on the new PAPPG will be held on December 8 at 2 PM EST.  Registration is now available at:

The new PAPPG will be effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after January 29, 2018.  Significant changes include:

  • Addition of a new eligibility subcategory on international branch...

The AREN Project Annual Reports:

  • Evidence of Results / Impact
  • Top Level Goals 1 and 4 for SMD
  • Yearly Quad Chart
  • Annual Progress Report


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Attached is a nugget from one of GLOBE Mission EARTH partners: Tennessee State University.

 The first class day of the fall semester began on the day of the Solar Eclipse occurred. Dr. David Padgett took full advantage of the event by collecting GLOBE data. Pre-service teachers enrolled in World Regional Geography (GEOG 1020) sections collected ambient air temperature, surface temperature, and cloud cover data, before, during, and after the August 21 solar eclipse event.  Data was...


ASU’s NASA Exploration Connection PI Recognized as “Top 10 Teaching Innovator”


Ariel Anbar was named as 1 of only 10 top teaching innovators in the first-ever such selection by The Chronicle of Higher Education.


Anbar’s innovation was developing the NASA-supported Habitable Worlds online science class for non-scientists which is organized around NASA SMD themes. Habitable Worlds was recently recognized by the U.S. Dept. of Education as an exemplar of personalized,...



Date/Time/Location: Thursday, Sept. 28, 9:30 a.m. EDT, all NASA TV channels and the agency’s website

NASA TV will carry live coverage of the House Science Joint Subcommittee on Research and Technology and Subcommittee on Space hearing on the “The Great American Eclipse: To Totality and Beyond” at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 28. Witnesses include Dr. Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator, Science Mission Directorate of NASA and representatives...

The NASA GISS CCRI program has extended the application period for graduate students to apply for a paid internship opportunity in NYC.

Stipend award: $9,750


Program Description: The NASA GISS Climate Change Research Initiative (CCRI) is a year long internship opportunity for graduate students to work directly with NASA scientists and lead research teams in a NASA research project associated with the science related to climate change. This opportunity will not conflict with the...


NASA will live-stream a Virtual Career Summit on Wednesday, September 27th at 1 p.m. EST for students interested in internships, fellowships and scholarships at the space agency. REGISTER at the following link:

The NASA Internships, Fellowships and Scholarship program (NIFS) will showcase some of its missions,...

Program Description: The NASA GISS Climate Change Research Initiative (CCRI) is a year long STEM engagement opportunity for STEM educators to work directly with NASA scientists, lead research teams and develop STEM curriculum for their current classes. Educators participating in this opportunity will become associate researchers at the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies and STEM education experts whom will integrate NASA education resources and content into their classroom while...