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U.S. National Model STEM Education Program Opportunity

by Jean Medastin -


May 13, 2022

U.S. National Model STEM Education Program Opportunity  

Announcing the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program (SSEP) 19th Flight Opportunity - SSEP Mission 17 to the International Space Station, Starting September 2022    

2022-23 Academic Year Opportunity for 2- and 4-year Colleges and Universities to Engage 30+ Students (Reflecting at Least 10 Teams) in Real Microgravity Experiment Design and Proposal Writing, with One Experiment at Your Institution Selected for Operation By Astronauts on the International Space Station

STEM Project-Based Learning Through Immersion in an Authentic Research Experience on the High Frontier

TIME CRITICAL: interested colleges and universities are directed to inquire about the program as soon as possible, and no later than May 30, 2022

Experiment Design and Proposal Writing Phase: September 1 - November 2, 2022 (9 weeks)

Proposal Review Board Selection of Your Community's Flight Experiment: December 15, 2022

SpaceX Launch of Your Experiment to the International Space Station: Late Spring 2023

Ferry Flight Return to Earth: Launch + 4 to 6 weeks

SSEP National Conference, likely at Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, Washington, DC: early July 2023  

The National Center for Earth and Space Science Education announces Student Spaceflight Experiments Program (SSEP) Mission 17 to the International Space Station. This opportunity gives students across your institution the ability to design and propose microgravity experiments to fly in low-Earth orbit on the International Space Station (ISS). Experiments are designed to real world engineering and technology constraints imposed by the flight certified mini-lab that must be used, and the nature of flight operations to and from Low Earth Orbit. One experiment at each institution will be selected to fly to ISS on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launching from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in FL. Your experiment will launch from historic pad 39A, the same pad from which all Apollo missions to the Moon launched, and 82 Space Shuttle missions. Astronauts aboard ISS will operate the experiment 4-6 weeks before it is returned to Earth and to your student flight team for analysis. SSEP is not a simulation. We are truly inviting your students to be part of America's Space Program.

A college or university can also engage hundreds of students in mission patch art and design competitions - as possibly outreach to local school districts, with two patches selected to fly with the flight experiment. SSEP is therefore an authentic STEAM initiative. Given we are still in the 50th anniversary years of the Apollo missions to the Moon - Apollo 16 and 17 launched in 1972, we invite your institution to use the mission patch competitions to also celebrate the most remarkable journeys ever undertaken by the human race.

An important consideration - the expectation is that faculty mentors in a participating 2- or 4-year college or university will engage at least 30 undergraduate students over 9 weeks of experiment design and proposal writing spanning September 1 through November 2, 2022. Students will form into at least 10 teams, each team designing a microgravity experiment in a science discipline of their choice. Each team writes a formal proposal to make the case for why their experiment should be selected for flight to ISS. Your students will be engaged in a very real research proposal competition, focusing on technical writing, mirroring the experiences of professional scientists and engineers. A national review board meeting in Washington, DC, will select the flight experiment for your institution, and do the same for each of the other Mission 17 participating communities.

The Student Spaceflight Experiments Program (SSEP) provides a fully authentic research competition as a STEM Project Based Learning experience. Launch of the Mission 17 flight experiments is currently projected for Spring 2023. Mission 17 occurs across the 2022-23 academic year.

For complete program details, and how to explore this opportunity for your community, read the SSEP Home Page: 

To explore examples of undergraduate experiments flown on prior SSEP Missions, visit:

Program Contact: 
Dr. Jeff Goldstein, Center Director
National Center for Earth and Space Science Education (NCESSE)

World Bank Group Invitation

by Kevin Austin -

Have you ever thought about utilizing your education and talents to make a global impact? The World Bank Group, headquartered in Washington, D.C., is a unique global partnership made up of five institutions working to reduce poverty, build shared prosperity and promote sustainable development in the developing world. 

The five institutions are the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD), the International Development Association (IDA), the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA), and the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID). IBRD and IDA provide financing, policy advice, and technical assistance to governments, while IFC, MIGA, and ICSID focus on strengthening the private sector. The complementary roles of our institutions give the World Bank Group a unique ability to connect global financial resources, knowledge, and innovative solutions to the needs of developing countries.

As an organization, we are committed to fostering and strengthening diversity and inclusion in both our work and our workplace. A diverse staff mirrors the diversity of the clients we serve and the partners we work alongside in 189 member countries in over 130 office locations around the world. A partnership with Historically Black Colleges and Universities ensures that the World Bank Group further expands its doors to continuously attract innovative talented and development-focused workforce.

We are pleased to invite you to a virtual visit on Thursday, May 19 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. focused on Exploring Careers at the World Bank Group, where you will learn more about who we are, what we do, and what it’s like to work at the World Bank Group. Students from various majors are welcome to participate, as all areas of study can lead to relevant roles at the Bank. The program of activities will include:

• An overview of the history, mission, structure, and operations of the World Bank Group

• An overview of various recruitment programs

• A Career Café with World Bank Group HBCU alumni, who will share their journeys, stories, and practical tips about building their careers across the organization

• A resume workshop to learn about critical elements of a targeted and effective CV/resume that communicates your values and creates career opportunities

• A networking session with World Bank Group staff

Please confirm your participation, as spaces are limited. Additional details will follow.

We are looking forward to hosting you!

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