space life sciences training program

Wayne Lee aoac741 at
Tue Nov 19 14:42:02 EST 1991

     USA University Undergrads

	The Space Life Sciences Training Program (SLSTP) is an
investment in tomorrow. It is an intensive 6 week training program
program at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida for college students
interested in Life Sciences, Pre-medicine, Bioengineering, or
related fields. The program will allow students to participate in
the conceptualization, preparation, pre and post flight testing,
data analysis, and report preparation phases of space flight
experiments and NASA life sciences research. In honor of the
International Space Year (ISY) in 1992, SLSTP will also host 18
international students.

	The program is scheduled for mid June through July, 1992.
After successful completion of the program, five semester credit
hours of tution free colege credit will be offered to each student
through Florida A&M University, which is also responsible for
program promotion, student recruitment, selection, travel, housing,
program evaluation, and academic consultation.

	The purpose of SLSTP is to attract college students
interested in research germane to the NASA field of Space Life
Sciences. Participants will gain insight into how space life sciences
flight experiments are conducted as well as explore future
research opportunities in space life sciences.

	After completion of this program and subsequent professional
training, the end result should be a pool of talented research
scientists employed in universities, industries, and NASA with
practical experience in the flight of life sciences experiments
in space.

	The six week SLSTP curriculum will involve morning lectures
by leading research scientists, managers, engineers, and astronauts
from NASA centers, distinguished universities, and industry. In
addition, as part of the ISY involvement, special lectures will
be given to introduce the International Space Agencies and discuss
their activities and cooperative efforts with the United States.
Tours of the KSC Shuttle and payload facilities will provide students
firsthand knowledge of the processes involved between the arrival of
a life sciences flight experiment at KSC and final integration of
that experiment into the Shuttle. (Side note: although this is
an unique occurance, 1985 SLSTP students were able to load their
experiment onto the Shuttle before flight). In the afternoons,
students will be actively involved in the planning and execution
of experiments that span the range of Life Sciences research
of current interest to NASA These experiments have been chosen
to provide the trainees with experience in as many aspects of flight
experiment development as possible; from experiment conception and
design to timeline development, protocol testing, and actual
flight operations. Evening and weekend activities will be
scheduled to include informal discussions with visiting lecturers
and astronauts and work on special projects. The curriculum will
emphasize the unique features of experiments conducted in the
spaceflight environment which include weightlessness, space
limitations, and issues of compatibility with other on board
experimental requirements.

	Some of the potential flight experiments in which the
students may become involved include plant studies, animal
development projects, human studies of sensory conflict, muscle
atrophy, and cardiovascular changes related to spaceflight.

	Student activities will  include the opportunity to
participate in development and testing of operational protocols,
performance of ground based control experiments, direciton,
analysis and evaluation of postflight testing sessions, as well as
participation in the implementation of actual Shuttle flight
experiments when possible.

	Students will be divided into groups of nine to twelve
and will work in a rotating schedule on each of the experiments
with an opportunity for additional emphasis in at least one project.

	American student enrollment in the 1992 SLSTP is limited
to about 30-36 currently enrolled undergraduate college students:

	-> Eligibility is limited to currently enrolled
undergraduate students who are pursuing their first undergraduate

	-> A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher is requied
at the time of application

	-> Graduating seniors (those students who will complete
their senior year prior to the start of the program in mid-June)
are not eligible to apply.

	-> US citizenship is required.

	-> Minimum age is 16 years old

	-> Eligible majors are: Animal Sciences, Biochemistry,
Biophysics, Biostatistics, Chemistry, Computer Science, Ecology,
Engineering (all types), Geology, Life Sciences, Mathematics,
Pharmacy, Physics, Plant Sciences, Pre-Medicine, Psychology. If
you have a question about the eligibility of your major, please
call the program office at 904-599-3636 immediately.

	The application consists of the following materials:

	-> A completed SLSTP application form IN BLACK INK

	-> An official transcript from every college or university
attended up to and including Fall 1991. Transcripts in the posesion
of the applicant will not be accepted. You may exclude transcripts
from other institutions you attended for less than two semester.s

	-> A SLSTP postcard on which you will write your address. It
will be used to inform you of when all of your application materials
have been received at the SLSTP office

	-> A 500 word typed essay which will be used to evaluate
the applicant's experience and written communication skills. The
essay should relate tto the classroom, laboratory and research
experiences of the applicant in the sciences. Moreover, the
career goals of the applicant should be stated concisely.

	-> Three completed letter of recommendation forms from
persons familiar with the applicant's academic record.

Call 904-599-3636 for the application KIT, or write to

	Florida A&M University
	College of Pharmacy
	106 Honor House
	Tallahassee, FL 32307

The application is due no later than January 31, 1992 at the
above address.

Applicants will be notified of their acceptance/non acceptance
status no later than March 31, 1992.

	Trainees will receive round trip transportation between
their home and the Orlando International Airport in Florida,
free accommodations in the Cocoa Beach Area (usually an inn on
the beach), local transportation to KSC. Trainees will also
receive a daily meal allowance which should also cover other

I was a participant in the 1990 SLSTP. If you have any questions
about my experiences with the program, feel free to mail me

wayne at
aoac741 at

My name is Wayne Lee. For questions regarding the application
process, please call the program office at 904-599-3636. It
is a real good experience. If you are at all interested in
space sciences and the space program, you should apply.

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