The Space Life Sciences Training Program at NASA's Ames Research Center
An investment in tomorrow.
The Space Life Sciences Training Program (SLSTP) provides undergraduate students entering their junior or senior years with professional experience in space life science disciplines. This challenging ten-week summer program is held at NASA’s Ames Research Center in the heart of California’s Silicon Valley. The primary goal of the program is to train the next generation of scientists and engineers, enabling NASA to meet future research and development challenges in the space life sciences.
The SLSTP Experience
In this rigorous program, students work closely with renowned NASA scientists and engineers on cutting-edge research, benefiting from the concentration of bioscience expertise at Ames. In addition to conducting hands-on research, SLSTP students attend technical lectures given by experts on a wide range of topics and tour NASA research facilities.
This program provides opportunities for students to develop professional skills. These include technical and professional development training, presenting their scientific work and submitting an abstract to a professional scientific or engineering organization (e.g. the American Society for Gravitational and Space Research.)
SLSTP participants are exposed to a broad scope of bioscience research performed by NASA scientists. While learning about the tools and methodology that enable biological experiments to be conducted in flight, students acquire skills and knowledge required for the design and execution of life science research conducted in microgravity.
Participants in the program receive a stipend and housing accommodations for the summer. In addition to learning about NASA life sciences, interns get an opportunity to experience life in the Silicon Valley.
Students in SLSTP undertake research projects in the following areas:
- Studies of the effects of spaceflight on living systems, conducted both on the ground and also in space aboard the International Space Station and other spacecraft.
- The development and operation of specialized research facilities to support investigations in microgravity, partial gravity, and hypergravity.
- Research and development of advanced biotechnologies that enable NASA’s exploration of distant destinations.
Information for Applicants
The SLSTP is an equal opportunity program. Admission is by competitive application process. U.S. Citizen undergraduate students who maintain a 3.2 or higher grade point average are invited to apply. Past student participants were selected for their merit, passion for space, and desire to study space life science.
Applications for the SLSTP will be submitted through NASA’s One Stop Shopping Initiative (OSSI) website. Prospective applicants must pre-register for a student account and create an interest profile on the OSSI student login page.
Although the application period for summer 2014 student internships closes on March 15, 2014, offers for positions may be made as early as Feb. 2, 2014. Students are encouraged to submit their applications early.
Details about the 2014 SLSTP project opportunities are now available on the OSSI website. Click here to visit the OSSI search page, scroll down, and enter "SLSTP" in the box entitled "enter keywords for opportunity description," then click the "search" button at the bottom of the page. When the table of search results appears, click on the "view" button for each entry (in the leftmost column of the table) to read each opportunity description.
Click here to download a 2014 program flyer NASA facts: Space Life Sciences Training Program (PDF)
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The SLSTP is funded by NASA’s Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate, Division of Space Life and Physical Sciences. The SLSTP is managed by the Space Biology Project within the Space Biosciences Division at Ames. Program administration is executed by Lockheed-Martin.
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