GUIDELINES AND SELECTION CRITERIA

   
1.

Please read the guidelines carefully and check that you comply with ALL selection criteria.

2.

Only applications submitted via the on-line submission site will be accepted. Applicants must register before they can upload their documents.

3.

The application will consist of:

  • a 2017 undergraduate final thesis or honors thesis

  • a CV

  • two letters of reference

  • a short essay (no longer than two pages) explaining why the applicant should be selected for the NASA program

  • a completed application form

4.

The thesis must have space science or engineering relevance.

5.

If the thesis has a space application that is not explored in the thesis an accompanying paper (no longer than six pages in length) detailing the space application must be submitted with the application.

6.

If the thesis is the result of a group project the thesis must either clearly define the contribution of the applicant, or a separate paper (no longer than six pages in length) may be submitted clearly defining the contribution of the applicant.

7.

All applications must be received by Monday 29th January 2018. No late submissions will be accepted.

8.

All applications and accompanying documentation must uploaded using the online submission site (this site will close midnight 29th Jan). All documentation must be in PDF format. Any documentation submitted in hard copy or emailed to VSSEC will be ignored.

9.

Receipt of applications will be confirmed via email.

10.

Expert judging panels consisting of academics and industry representatives will assess the applications. It is the applicant’s responsibility to assign their application a category. The categories are:

   

ENGINEERING

Structural design, orbital dynamics, materials, power systems, rocketry, robotics, etc.

 

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 modeling, space weather, atmospheric science, etc.

 

 

11.

Academic supervisors must be identified to ensure applications are assessed independently.

12.

The applicant must be an Australian citizen.

13.

The applicant must be eligible for a US visa.

14.

The applicant must be available to attend the NASA program, in August/September 2018.

15.

The applicant must agree to work with VSSEC to develop an educational program based on their thesis topic, and their experience in the NASA program, which will then be made available to educational facilities around Australia.

16.

If the applications in any category don’t meet a sufficient standard, no category winner will be selected in that category.

17.

Winners of the individual categories will be notified by 1st March, 2018.

18.

Category winners must submit a separate application to VSSEC  by the 14th March, 2018 to be considered for a NASA internship position.

19.

The NASA application will consist of:

  • A completed application form

  • One 400 word essay

  • CV

  • Transcript of results

  • Individual applications for research projects at the various NASA Academies

20.

The final winner will be selected by NASA.

21.

A decision will be made by mid February.

22.

The winner will receive a certificate and attend the NASA internship program August-September, 2018. The prize covers:

  • The Academy program

  • Accommodation

  • Meals

  • Airfares

  • Visa expense

The remaining category winners will receive a certificate and cheque for $1000