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 research experiences at NASA Langley and NASA Wallops. More information on STEM Takes Flight Project descriptions can be found here.


VSGC can share resources to assist students in finding affordable housing.

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


Program Dates

Research Experience: June 3 – August 9, 2024

Applications Due: March 18, 2024

Reference Letters Due: March 25, 2024

April 2024: Notifications to selected students

STEM Takes Flight Videos

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STEM Takes Flight Flyer

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