NASA Research Experiences

The Virginia Space Grant Consortium (VSGC) in partnership with the Virginia Community College System (VCCS), NASA Langley Research Center and NASA Wallops Flight Facility, is offering the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Takes Flight at Virginia’s Community Colleges initiative.


STEM Takes Flight provides a suite of programs for Virginia community college students pursuing STEM majors (exclusive of allied health and business) and faculty in STEM disciplines statewide.

Student Opportunities

Student opportunities include: paid onsite research experiences at NASA Langley and NASA Wallops. More information for STEM Takes Flight NASA Research Experiences can be found here. Project descriptions can be found here.

Faculty Opportunities

Faculty opportunities include a NASA residential faculty professional development workshop at NASA Wallops. Learn more about the Professional Development Workshop at NASA Wallops Flight Facility here.

Program Goals

● To foster enhanced community college retention in STEM academic tracks through graduation or transfer to a four-year institution.

● To strengthen VSGC’s relationships with and build NASA linkages with/for Virginia’s community colleges.


Supporting objectives are to nurture diversity; to pipeline STEM students to their next academic and workplace steps; and to foster STEM career awareness and workplace skills.

Welcome to

STEM Takes Flight

at Virginia’s Community



2022 Application to open in the fall.

2021 Deadlines 

Attention to all applicants. We are extending the application window.

March 1, 2021: Summer Application Due

March 5, 2021: Electronic Recommendations Due

Late-April, 2021: Selection Notifications

Summer 2019 Video

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Summer 2018 Video

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