The major thrust of the Fellowship
In keeping with National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program goals, Space Grant Fellows will develop a project that promotes the understanding of space-related research to the public. Links to descriptions of fellowship projects from 1995 to the present are found on the UA/ NASA Space Grant Graduate Fellowship Program home page. Other examples are working with educators (from primary/secondary schools, science museums, parks/forests/reserves, 4-H and other Cooperative Extension agents, etc.) by:
- developing curricular and/or educational outreach materials designed to communicate science to a specific audience (all precollege-related program materials should align with Arizona and/or National Math, Science, Geography or Technology Standards);
- developing informational data bases (with science education goals) for sharing over the Internet;
- developing skills in science writing and journalism;
- developing a demonstration project and associated educational materials for an existing educational program; or
- designing and carrying-out some other creative science outreach project.
At the start of the Fellowship
- Successful candidates will identify an "educational outreach advisor" from the organization or institution (i.e. a school, museum, park/forest, or an existing educational program) they have proposed to work with.
- This person will be asked to provide a letter at the end of each fellowship year indicating the progress made towards the stated educational outreach objectives of the project.
In the spring of each Fellowship year
- Fellows will be asked to participate in an informational meeting for those who hope to apply for fellowships the following year and the UA/NASA Space Grant Steering Committee.
- Current fellows will be asked to give an informal oral report that includes mid-cycle progress, success and challenges, and lessons learned.
At the end of each Fellowship year
- NASA, which has made education related to the foci of its Mission Directorates, Aeronautics Research, Science, Space Technology, and Human Exploration and Operations (see: http://www.nasa.gov/about/directorates/index.html) a primary mission element, is very interested in learning about the success Graduate Fellows experience and the challenges they face. NASA is equally interested to know how their investment in educational outreach projects become self-sustaining after Space Grant support ends.
- To communicate this, Fellows will be asked to submit a succinct annual review of their educational outreach project, including project goal (and the logistics established to reach that goal), educational objectives, target audience, methods, progress to date, impact, and planned activities for year two. The review must also include a plan for how the outreach project can be sustained after the fellowship period is completed.
- At the end of year one, this review will serve as a renewal proposal.
- After the review, students will be informed by email whether a second year renewal award will be offered.