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NASA is seeking High School STEM educators to participate in the Climate Change Research Initiative located at GISS in New York City. Deadline for Application: 9/21

Updated on September 17, 2015 - 4:51 PM CDT
Posted on August 21, 2015 - 2:38 PM CDT

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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 while remaining in their current teaching positions.  Selected educators will become STEM education experts whom will integrate NASA education resources and content into their classroom while improving STEM education within their community.

During the fall and spring term of CCRI the research team will consist of NASA Principal Investigators whom will lead graduate level interns and high school educators to become immersed in a NASA science research area of study related to climate change. During the spring semester the graduate level intern and high school educator will continue to perform NASA research. Additionally, the high school STEM educator will develop an Applied Research STEM Curriculum Unit Portfolio, which will integrate components of their research into a comprehensive unit plan that utilizes NASA education resources while aligning instruction of NASA Science and STEM curriculum to the Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards. The teacher will then deliver the STEM curriculum into their classrooms and also provide community outreach STEM engagement events related to their NASA research study. The fall and spring term will not conflict with the educators’ primary schedule, roles or responsibilities at their school site.

During the summer session the primary research team will add an undergraduate intern and high school intern to the CCRI research team where the STEM educator will lead and work collaboratively on a full time basis to complete the research project, create a power point presentation and a scientific poster that will be presented at the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies and the CUNY CREST Summer STEM Symposium. The final symposium will have participants from other government agencies, such as the National Science Foundation (NSF), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the United States Department of Education (USDE) and the United States Department of Defense (DoD).

Research Opportunities:

  1. Faint Young Sun Paradoxes and Habitable Worlds: Comparative Climatology of Early Earth and Mars.
    Dr. Linda Sohl
  2. Climate Change in the Hudson Estuary – Past, Present, and Future.
    Dr. Dorothy Peteet
  3. Urban Climate Adaptation Research: New Technologies, Materials & Thinking.
    Dr. Stuart Gaffin
  4. What is Past is Prologue: Climate Systems in the Present and Past for Assessing Ice Sheets and Sea Level.
    Dr. Allegra Legrande


Duty Location: Goddard Institute for Space Studies: 2880 Broadway, NY, NY 10025

Time Commitment:


October 5th – December 11th 2015

10 hours per week for 10 weeks


February 1st –April 8th 2016

10 hours per week for 10 weeks


June 27th-August 12th 2016

Full Time 40 hr. per week.10 weeks

Annual Stipend amount: $9,000

Application Deadline: September 18th, 2015

Submit Applications: To apply for this position, please submit the following materials in your application to Priscilla DeLeon via email to:

  • Resume including cover letter and curriculum vitae. Also provide and indicate which research opportunities you would like to be considered to participate in.
  • Two letters of recommendation from supervisor. (Principal, Assistant Principal, Department Chair)
  • Attached Application:
  • Copy of State or Federal Photo ID

All applicants must be currently employed as full time STEM educators and also be US citizens in order to participate in this opportunity. Applicants should reside within a 50-mile radius from the Goddard Institute for Space Studies located at 2880 Broadway, NY, NY 10025

Please contact Matthew Pearce if you have any questions about this opportunity:

Matthew Pearce

Education Program Specialist

NASA Goddard Space Flight Center-GSFC

NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies-GISS

2880 Broadway, Suite 568

New York, NY 10025

646-419-0144 (c)

212-678-6038 (o)