VSSEC-NASA Australian Space Prize
The Academy programs at Ames Research Center, (Mountain View, California), Goddard Flight Center(Greenbelt, Maryland) and Marshall Space Flight Center, (Huntsville, Alabama)are intensive select entry programs that provide recent graduates with access to advanced science and engineering R&D as well as an awareness of the complex managerial, political, financial, social, and human issues faced by current and future aerospace programs. The winner, an Australian university student, will participate in a ten week academy program and work directly with scientists and engineers on a current NASA project related to their thesis topic.
The VSSEC-NASA Australian Space Prize is open to all Australian undergraduate students completing their final or honours year at an Australian University in 2016.
The competition is judged on the basis of the student’s final year or honours thesis and a completed application form. If the student’s thesis is not on a space related topic, an additional paper will be required detailing its applicability to space. Category winners are then required to submit a separate application to NASA which selects the final winner.
The competition is divided into five categories:
Structural design, orbital dynamics, materials, power systems, rocketry, robotics, etc.
*This category incorporates the EA Undergraduate Prize in Space Engineering.
|GEOLOGY AND PLANETARY GEOLOGY
Geology and planetary science, astrobiology, etc.
|BIOLOGY AND HUMAN PHYSIOLOGY
Human physiology, astrobiology, microbiology, etc.
|DATA PROCESSING AND ELECTRONICS
Data processing systems, data management, electronics, control systems, instrument and sensor design and applications using space-derived data.
|SPACE PHYSICS AND ASTROPHYSICS
Space physics, astronomy, astrophysics, theoretical physics, mathematical modelling, space weather, atmospheric science, etc.
The overall winner will attend one of the NASA Academy programs at Ames Research Center, Goddard Flight Center or Marshall Flight Center, or participate in a NASA affiliated summer program in mid 2015. The other category winners will each receive a $1000 cash prize.
The winner of the VSSEC-NASA Australian Space Prize will be required to work with VSSEC and its education partners to develop an education package based on their research and their experience at the NASA Academy.
For more information or to apply please go to http://www.vnasp.com.au/