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NASA Research and Opportunities at Boise State

NASA hubbleThere are a large number of NASA opportunities for graduate students, undergraduate students and faculty in Idaho and nationally.  NASA provides and supports numerous unique and exciting opportunities for the general public, K-12 students, educators, undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, and industry in areas related to NASA’s initiatives.
To learn about projects and people on the Boise State campus. For research and internship opportunities, check out the resources below.

Searching for NASA opportunities can be done by following these steps.

  1. Research — Look at potential areas of research and determine which best fits your interests
    For example, if you are interested in NASA centers:

    • The Undergraduate Student Research Program (USRP) home page, is a user friendly, one stop shop to learn what areas of research each of the NASA Centers focuses on.
    • Office of Education Infrastructure Division (OEID) Launchpad can help you select your area of interest, and learn which NASA centers focus on this research.
    • The main NASA site has links to each center.
    • NASA Technical Reports Server is a database for externally published NASA research reports for download. This is an ideal link to look at specific areas of research for specific individuals.
    • Google Scholar can be used a tool to look at research papers beyond NASA.
  2. Communicate — Make contact with the Center, University, or employer of your choice. For NASA opportunities, the University Affairs Officer (UAO) is the ideal starting point.
  3. Connect — Express your interest in a specific research area and request a potential point of contact in this area. At NASA, the UAO should be able to place you in contact with a person working in your area of interest.
  4. Contact — Craft an email and/or follow up with a phone call to the contact expressing your interest. Researchers are interested in talking about their research, particularly with excited students.
  5. Persistence — Don’t give up after one try. Look at several opportunities and put in the time/effort required to achieve success.
  6. Apply — You can’t get the position unless you apply. Go all the way and fill out the application documents.

Helpful NASA Resources for undergrad and graduate students seeking opportunities:

NASA Centers and Facilities

Each center offers different experiences in a variety of specialized fields. We encourage you to research and acquire these opportunities.

  • Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, California
  • Dryden Flight Research Center, Southern California near Edwards AFB
  • Glenn Research Center, Cleveland, Ohio
  • Goddard Space Flight Center, Goddard, Maryland
  • Johnson Space Center, Houston, Texas
  • Kennedy Space Center, Florida
  • Langley Research Center, Virginia
  • Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Alabama
  • Stennis Space Center, Mississippi

Need help? Follow up with campus resources: