2022 STEM Takes Flight Research Experiences


VCCS Students Prepare To Soar with NASA

The Virginia Space Grant Consortium announces the 2022 STEM Takes Flight NASA Research Experiences for Virginia’s Community College students.  Since 2015, community college sophomores throughout the state have had the opportunity to apply for paid NASA research experiences at NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia and NASA Goddard Space Flight Center’s Wallops Flight Facility on the Eastern Shore.  These research experiences take place over ten weeks during the summer virtually or on-site (to be determined).  There are over 20 positions available and all projects are STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) oriented.

The STEM Takes Flight NASA Research Experience provides students with real-world, hands-on learning experiences while exposing them to the wide range of STEM career options at NASA. Many of the selected students have utilized the opportunity to attain future internships and/or permanent positions with NASA. The skills and confidence gained from working on projects with NASA researchers has proven invaluable to previous participants. 

Qualified applicants are undergraduate community college STEM majors, including those pursuing technician degrees, who are at least a rising sophomore and not graduating prior to May of 2022. They must be a US Citizen, at least 18 years of age, and a full or part-time student taking a minimum of 6 credit hours. Selected students will receive a $6,000 stipend and assistance with locating affordable housing.

The application deadline is March 7, 2022.  Learn more and apply online at https://vsgc.odu.edu/stemtakesflight/ .