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  • Are you interested Science? Technology? Engineering? Mathematics? (STEM)
  • Do you want to work for NASA as your career choice?
  • Do you want to pursue a Ph.D in STEM?

       If your answer is "Yes" to any of the above, then you may be a candidate for NASA DIRECT-STEM.

For freshmen, sophomores, and community college students: You may apply to be a member of our pre-trainee teamPre-Trainee students may qualify for up to a $600 annual scholarship. 

How To Apply: Please send the application via email to Dr. Gutarts or Dr. Liu: or We are currently still accepting applications for pre-trainee students for spring 2017 until all positions are filled. 

For rising juniors/seniors, grad students, applicants to a graduate degree in a STEM fieldYou may apply for a student researcher position

Undergraduate student researchers are eligible for a scholarship up to $4000 per year, plus one paid summer internship at JPL. Graduate students will be awarded a scholarship of up to $12,000 per year, plus one paid internship at JPL.​ 

How to Apply: Please send the following items via email or hard copy to a Research Faculty Advisor in your department. (See faculty info page)

  • Application Form
  • Statement of Interest
  • CV or resume
  • Unofficial Copy of Transcripts
  • Two Letters of Recommendation Letters (at least one from an academic advisor or professor)

While applications are accepted year round, the priority deadline to apply for a fall semester 2017-2018 research or pre-trainee positon is May 1, 2017