National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Glenn Research Center

Selection Criteria

The NASA Space Academy (generally referred to as NASA Academy) and the NASA NASA Aeronautics Research and Engineering Team (ARETEP) offer immersive and integrated multidisciplinary exposure and training for students with various STEM-related backgrounds and career aspirations of critical importance to the national space and aeronautics, and related disciplines programs. The overarching goal of is to prepare the requisite workforce of young professionals for employment in space, aeronautics, and related careers.

Co-sponsorship by the National Space Grant Consortia helps to recruit meritorious students from majority academic institutions and under-represented areas of U.S. into aspired leadership positions for space and aeronautics programs of the future. The developmental curricula of technical presentations, one-on-one and group-mentored research, and leadership training impart valuable experience to the participants and enhance their career aspirations. Specifically, ARETEP provides unique and valuable learning experiences for the next generation of leaders in aeronautics and related disciplines. Participants are provided with group- and system-level experiences. The selected students work on multi-disciplinary and multifaceted problems, guided by professional scientists and engineers at the host NASA centers. The group projects are designed, not only to help develop and reinforce team-building, project management and leadership attributes, but also, to provide opportunities for systems integration, problems-solving, and interaction with NASA and industry leaders in aeronautics. The foregoing attributes are aligned with national and NASA mission need for sustainment of aeronautics and aerospace STEM workforce.

Funding permitting, visits to selected NASA centers, NASA-affiliated aeronautics and aerospace industry, and national laboratories help program participants to become familiar with NASA mission-related contributions by industry partners and collaborators of NASA.

Eligibility Requirements

An applicant for the NASA Space Academy at Glenn must:

  • Have a demonstrated interest in space
  • Be in high academic standing (GPA of 3.2 or higher)
  • Have a demonstrated project experience
  • Have a propensity for leadership
  • Be a minimum academic level of full-time senior or rising senior undergraduate or maximum level of rising second-year graduate student
  • Be a U.S. citizen (includes citizens of U.S. territories Puerto Rico, Guam, U.S. Virgin Island and Northern Marianas)

An applicant for the NASA ARETEP at Glenn must:

  • Have a demonstrated interest in aeronautics
  • Have curricular background in aeronautical or aerospace engineering, or related engineering and science disciplines
  • Be in high academic standing (GPA of 3.2 or higher)
  • Have a demonstrated research or project experience
  • Have a demonstrated interest in aeronautics or related as a career
  • Be a minimum academic level of full-time senior or rising senior undergraduate or maximum level of rising second-year graduate student
  • Be a U.S. citizen (includes citizens of U.S. Territories of Puerto Rico, Guam, US Virgin Island and Northern Marianas)