VSGC UNDERGRADUATE SCHOLARSHIPS
VSGC Undergraduate STEM
Research Scholarship Program
This is a competitive scholarship program, funded by NASA and the Commonwealth of Virginia contributions, with the goals of:
• Promoting undergraduate STEM research while recognizing high academic achievement and promise
• Increasing participation of underrepresented minorities, females, and students with disabilities in STEM related careers
• Implementing the goals of the Virginia Space Grant Consortium and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Awards are one-year, non-renewable scholarships. Students may apply for the following:
• A $3,000 student stipend during the 2024-2025 academic year and
• A $3,500 stipend during summer 2024 or 2025 (must be specified in the application)
• $1,000 research allocation for materials and travel to support research activities conducted during the academic year and/or $1,000 research allocation during the summer (if doing summer research)
The maximum award per year cannot exceed $8,500.
• Must be a U.S. citizen
• Must be enrolled as a full-time student (minimum 12 credit hours) at one of the five Virginia Space Grant Consortium member institutions: Virginia Tech, University of Virginia, Old Dominion University,William & Mary, or Hampton University
• Must have completed at least two years of a STEM undergraduate program and be classified as a junior or senior during the 2024-2025 academic year (must have at least junior status by summer 2024 if choosing this option)
• Must be in a program of study demonstrating an interest in STEM and supporting NASA’s mission
• Must have a grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
• Must not graduate before May 2025
Statement of academic goals – a brief statement written by the applicant relating to the reasons for his/her desire to enter a profession in a STEM field
Plan of study – an outline of intended coursework for the remainder of your undergraduate degree program (uploaded as an attachment)
Resume’ – submit a short summary of your career and qualifications, list any relevant education information and significant accomplishments (uploaded as an attachment)
Research Proposal aligned with NASA’s mission – VSGC’s undergraduate STEM Research Scholarship Program encourages talented undergraduate majors to pursue aerospace-related fields and do research with a strong alignment with NASA’s five Mission Directorates.
Applicants should submit a proposal for research that is 2-3 pages (not including references) and clearly describes the research objective and methodology. A statement written by the student in consultation with the faculty advisor should describe the key elements of the proposed research and plan of study. All research projects must be mentored by a faculty member and this mentor will be required to submit a letter of reference for the project. Applicants will be asked to specifically identify how their research relates to a NASA Mission Directory.
The selection committee is made up of university faculty in a variety of disciplines. Applicants should present their proposed research in a form that will be understandable to a range of readers. Only one Undergraduate Scholarship application per student per year is allowed.
For a list of research titles and abstracts recently funded by the VSGC through the Undergraduate STEM Research Scholarship Program, visit the VSGC Student Research Conference website.
1. Letters of Recommendation – provide the names and contact information for two references of which one must be the applicant’s current faculty advisor. Letters of recommendation should assess the applicant’s potential as well as his/her progress and academic achievements. The online application system will contact both references via email to request a letter of recommendation on behalf of the applicant. We suggest that you inform both of your references that they will receive an email from the VSGC in reference to your application. Your references will be provided with a link to submit their recommendations. We must receive both recommendations before 11:59 p.m. by February 9, 2024, for your scholarship application to be complete.
2. Transcript – An unofficial transcript with all grades through fall semester 2023 is required and can be submitted as a PDF in the online application (upload as an attachment). If the applicant is selected to receive an award then a transcript will be required at acceptance. If the applicant does not have a PDF conversion tool, links to free online PDF converters are provided in the application.
• Complete all research as proposed and must notify VSGC immediately of any significant changes in the research project or timeline
• Participate in the VSGC’s Annual Student Research Conference to be held in late March or early April 2025. Participation includes attendance and active involvement throughout the entire conference, a poster presentation on current research progress, and submission of a research paper for inclusion in the conference proceedings
• Provide a head-shot photo and biographical information upon selection
• Awardees must inform the Consortium of any changes in contact information including email, phone, or address
• Plan to respond to academic and employment follow-up surveys administered by VSGC as required by NASA
• Share research experiences in public forums, classroom presentations, and professional meetings. Presentations that encourage interest in aerospace careers and research to high school students are of particular interest to the Consortium
•Attend a webinar.
Disposition of Unused Funds:
If the scholarship recipient terminates his/her academic program during the 2024-2025 academic year, the University is required to return a prorated share of the scholarship award to the VSGC. Scholarship funds are not transferable. Any unused funds should be returned to us.
February 9, 2024: Applications are due by 11:59 p.m. on this date.
Early April 2024: Awards will be announced with funding provided to students through the universities for the 2024-2025 academic year.
Applications are due by 11:59 p.m. on February 9, 2024
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