Space Life Sciences Training Program

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Wed Sep 8 16:36:06 EST 1993

      American Undergraduates

Want a chance at spending a summer learning from and working
with NASA scientists, and possibly watch a shuttle launch
live from Florida? READ THIS ANNOUNCEMENT!


1994 Space Life Sciences Training Program
A Summer Program at the Kennedy Space Center (KSC), Florida

Sponsored by NASA, Bionetics Corporation, Florida A&M University

The Space Life Sciences Training Program (SLSTP) is an investment in
tomorrow. It is an intensive six-week training program at the Kennedy
Space Center in Florida for college students interested in Life
Sciences, Bioengineering or related fields. The program
will allow students to participate in the conceptualization, 
preparation, preflight and postflight testing, data analysis, and
report preparation phases of space flight experiments and NASA life
sciences research.

The program is scheduled for mid-June through the end of July 1994. 
After the successful completion of the program, five semester hours 
of tuition free college 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.

A limited number of temporary positions are also available,
yearly, for graduate students and university faculty as part 
of the program support staff.

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. Tours of the KSC shuttle and 
payload facilities will provide students firsthand knowledge of the 
processes involved between arrival of a life sciences flight experiment 
at KSC and final integration of that experiment into the shuttle. 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 and the problems posed by long duration
spaceflight. The curriculum also examines the use of information obtained
from space discoveries in the studying of our planet's environment.

Some of the potential projects which the students may become involved
in include: plant growth and development studies, life support system 
development projects, animal and microbiological studies, and ecological
studies related to spaceflight.

Student activities will include the opportunity to participate in:
development and testing of operational protocols, performance of ground
based control experiments  implementation, analysis, and evaluation of
post flight tests. On occasion there will be the opportunity to participate
in the preparation and monitoring of actual Space Shuttle flight 

Students will be divided into groups of eight to ten, and each group
will concentrate in one laboratory project area for the six-week program.
Through demonstrations, tours and discussions, each student will receive
exposure to all project topics. 

Students will receive round trip transportation between their home and
the Orlando International Airport in Florida, free accommodations in the
Cocoa Beach area near Kennedy Space Center, and local transportation to
and from the space center. Students will also receive a daily meal 
allowance which should also cover other expenses. This program costs
nothing to the student. Also, there is no registration fee.

***** HOW TO APPLY *****

Student enrollment is limited to 36 to 40 currently enrolled undergraduate
college students:

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

-> A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher at the time of application
is required.

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

-> Minimum age requirement is 16 years old

-> United States citizenship is MANDATORY. There are NON exceptions.

-> Eligible majors include: Animal Sciences, Biochemistry, Biology,
Biophysics, Biostatistics, Chemistry, Computer Science, Ecology,
Engineering, Environmental Science, Geology, Life Sciences, Mathematics, 
Pharmacy, Physics, Plant Sciences, Psychology.

If you have a question about the eligibility of your major, please call
the program office at 904-599-3636.


Application materials include:

-> A completed SLSTP Application form filled out in BLACK INK

-> An official transcript from every college or university attended up to
and including Fall 1993. Transcripts in the possession of the applicant
will not be accepted. 

-> A SLSTP postcard on which you will write you address. It will be 
sent back to you when all of you application materials have been received
in our office.

-> A 500 word typed double spaced essay which will be used to evaluate the
applicant's experience and written communication skills. The essay should
relate to the classroom, laboratory and research experiences of the 
applicant in the sciences. Moreover, the career goals of the applicant
should be concisely stated. Print you full name on each page of the essay.

-> Three completed reference request forms from persons familiar with
you academic record. This is very very important.

Application requests should be sent to:

Program Director, SLSTP
Florida A&M University
College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
106 Honor House
Tallahassee, FL 32307

or call (904) 599-3636
or email lindac at

If you email a request for an application, please state your name,
age, university, major, year in school, address, and phone number.

The following application materials must be post-marked no later than 
January 31, 1994 and be sent to the same address. ALL necessary credentials
must be on file before an application will be processed.

Applicants will be notified of their acceptance or non-acceptance no
later than March 31, 1994.

This is a worthwhile experience. Most of the students that participate
in SLSTP regard it best educational experience of their lives. If you
have any interest in space, please apply. I was a student in 1990 and a 
staff member in 1992. If you have any questions regarding the program 
(that are not of an application nature), you can contact me at 
wayne at

Do NOT send any email to the Texas address on the header of this news posting.

For questions regarding the application, contact the program office. 

Graduate students and university faculty seeking to apply for staff
positions, please email the same address for student applications or
call the program office.

Good-bye and Good Luck!

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