USRA Selected to Manage NASA’s Education Associates Program
The EAP is designed to address a critical shortage of US students enrolled in and graduating from Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) programs and to give NASA a flexible workforce augmentation option by providing internships to talented university students and faculty engaged in STEM studies and education. By offering talented students and faculty members the opportunity to gain valuable “hands on” experience working side-by-side with NASA scientists and engineers, the EAP expands career horizons for those students and enables faculty to update technical knowledge and critical skills. Benefits provided to program participants are complemented by benefits that the EAP provides to NASA by giving the agency a flexible method for tapping pools of technical talent represented by students and faculty at universities, community colleges, etc, to meet workforce needs and enhance the workforce development pipeline.
Working under a 5 year cooperative agreement with NASA Ames, USRA will bring to bear not only its recognized expertise in managing successful education and workforce development programs, but also its deep reach into the university community and its demonstrated ability to expand and diversify program participation in managing and enhancing the EAP. Through its work with a variety of other, similar education and workforce development programs, USRA will also be able to establish important synergies between EAP and other programs (e.g. NASA’s Undergraduate Student Research Program) that will significantly strengthen the aerospace/space science workforce development pipeline.
“We are extremely proud to have been selected to be part of this very important program,” said
“As an education and research focused association closely aligned with both NASA and the aerospace industry, USRA fully appreciates the critical role played by programs like the EAP,” stated USRA President and CEO, Dr.
The Universities Space Research Association, established in 1969 by the National Academy of Sciences, is a private, nonprofit consortium of 104 universities offering advanced degrees in space- and aeronautics-related disciplines. USRA’s mission is to conduct leading-edge research, develop innovative technologies, promote education and policy across the breadth of space science, and operate premier science and technology facilities by involving universities, private industry and government.
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