Planetary Systems Branch
(Astrobiology Group of The Royal Astronomical Society of New Zealand)
Students often write asking if they can work at NASA Ames. Yes, its possible but the system is very selective - it helps a great deal if you have already established some kind of a working relationship with a scientist in our division through a scientist at your university. However, everyone is invited to apply. There are a number of programs including the Education Associates Program, NASA's Undergraduate Student Research Program, the Foothill-De Anza Community College District NASA/Ames Internship Program, the United Negro College Fund Special Program, and the SETI Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Program. Exceptional senior undergraduates are also able to take part in the NASA Academy at Ames for Space Exploration. Below are some of the students who were working at NASA Ames during the summer of 2006 during a tour of the wind tunnel.
The Space Science and Astrobiology Division has a number of graduate students that visit briefly or work here for an extended time as part of their graduate program. Many of these students come here as a result of an agreement between the thesis advisor and a NASA scientist, and many of our scientists sit on dissertation committees, both here and in other countries. There are two major programs for graduate students, the NASA Academy at Ames for Space Exploration, and NASA's GSRP program. There is also an opportunity (at least for the coming year) for graduate students to apply via the NSPIRES system to the NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship (NESSF) program.
Jeff Cuzzi - Jeffrey.Cuzzi@nasa.gov