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. A link to descriptions of successful fellowship projects from 1995 to the present can be found on the Graduate Fellowship Alumni page. Other examples include 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 databases (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 be notified of their award by late April for a fellowship beginning in August of that same year; response and acceptance of this award are required.
- Upon acceptance, Fellows will be given comments from the Committee, and will be asked to revise areas of their proposal as needed before the start of their award year (August).
- During the summer, each Graduate Fellow's home department will provide a "cost-share requirement" form to the Space Grant Program.
In the Fall Semester
- At the beginning of the Fall semester, all Fellows meet with the Space Grant management team for an orientation session.
- At the end of the Fall semester, all Fellows will give an informal oral report that includes progress, successes and challenges, and lessons learned to-date. A review of the milestone charts will be included to ensure Fellows are meeting their goals in a timely manner.
- In early January, Fellows complete a mid-year report for the NASA National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program.
In the Spring Semester
- NASA is very interested in learning about the successes that 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 provide a succinct annual review of their educational outreach project, including project goal(s), the logistics established to reach that goal, educational objectives, target audience, methods, progress to date, impact, and planned activities for year two (if applicable). The review must also include a plan for how the outreach project can be sustained after the fellowship period is completed.
- The review will occur in early March, where all Fellows will give a semi-formal oral report (via PowerPoint presentation) and the Committee will review their milestone chart.
- At the end of year one, this review will serve as a renewal proposal for those applying for 2nd-year funding, coupled with the Spring oral report, outreach advisor letter (see below), and confirmation that your home department is willing to provide cost-sharing for year two.
- The fellow's "educational outreach advisor" will be asked to provide a letter indicating the progress made towards the stated educational outreach objectives of the project, and continued support of year two efforts.