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Undergraduate Application Instructions
The 2013 NASA Aeronautics Scholarship Program Application is now open.
Important Information to Know Before Applying
Applicants will need to register for a new account before they will be able to start the application. The applicant will input their name and email address and choose a password.
A sidebar is located at the left of each application page. Use this sidebar to navigate the application. Applicants may complete the application sections in any order. At any time, the applicant may click on the "Overall Status" link in the sidebar to view information about how much of the application is complete. These are the areas of the application:
The following is a guide to the application, where you will see what questions will be asked and provided with information on how to answer some of them. Questions that appear on the application in yellow and have asterisks next to them are mandatory. At the bottom of each section where you can enter data, there is a "Save" button. Click this button after entering data to save. Once you have clicked this button, your data is saved and you may move to another area of the application, or leave the application and continue at a later time.
Once all required sections are complete, and once you are satisfied that your application is finished, click the "Submit Application" button in the sidebar and select "Yes" to submit. You will not be able to submit your application if any of the required sections are not complete. You may want to consider asking your advisor to review your application before it is submitted. With the exception of the contact information and references sections, you cannot change any of your responses after you have submitted your application. You may update your contact information after you submit the application to ensure that you can be reached. You may also edit, add, or delete references after you submit your application, and monitor the status of received reference forms, transcripts, and GRE scores.
This information can be edited at any time, even after you submit your application. Simply login and select "Contact Information," then enter and save the updated information.
Please be sure to keep your contact information current so that announcements will reach you.
All applicants must be U.S. citizens or nationals. A U.S. national is an individual who, though not a citizen of the U.S., owes permanent allegiance to the United States. Individuals who are citizens of U.S. territories such as American Samoa and Swain's Island are U.S. nationals. The term does not refer to permanent residents. Permanent residents are not eligible. An individual with dual citizenship may need to renounce their non US citizenship.
Gender, Ethnicity, Race, and Disability - This information will not be provided to evaluators, and does not impact your eligibility in any way. It is used to determine the degree to which members of diverse sections of the eligible population are aware of and apply for this program. See the ASEE Privacy Act Statement.
Current Academic Status - Enter your current academic status (all possible choices are listed in the drop box under academic status) and the name of your current academic advisor. If you are not currently enrolled in an academic institution, select the highest level completed in your academic career.
Schools - Add a new school and enter information about it, or edit information already entered. Saved schools will display information about whether a transcript from that institution is required or not. This information will also be reflected on the "Overall Status" page.
Proposed Discipline and Area of Specialization - Select your proposed discipline from the drop-down list provided. Next, specify your area of research within that discipline.
Proposed Academic Program - Indicate the degree for which you seek funding; your estimated date of completion of the degree for which you seek funding; and whether you are currently enrolled in the degree program for which you seek funding.
Proposed Academic Institution - Select or enter the name and location of the institution at which you propose to earn your degree. The academic institution must be a regionally accredited U.S. college or university. If you are undecided, enter "Undecided."
Publications & Presentations- Enter all relevant publications and presentations pertaining to your field since entering college. These may include articles, journal submissions, and conference proceedings.
Enter all scholarships, academic honors, scientific or engineering student leadership roles, honorary societies, and any other recognition relevant to your field since entering college. All awards and honors granted by the U.S. Government should have the "Federal Award" box checked, with the agency granting the award specified in the description, such as NASA or the NSF. It is strongly recommended that you group similar awards together. For example, list together all awards that directly derive from your grade point average such as Dean's List recognition.
In a concise statement, provide a summary of your current educational program objectives and your long-range professional goals.
As part of this statement, we are interested in your ideas about the kinds of research in which you have engaged and in which you would like to engage during your studies as well as during your expected tenure with the NASA Aeronautics Scholarship Program. Please address how you think your current program fits with the field of Aeronautics. You should discuss specific research questions that interest you and how you became interested in them. Please discuss these research interests in sufficient detail for an expert who is technically competent in your field to judge your understanding of the questions to be addressed.
Enter your Personal Statement in the text box on this application page. The response bust be a minimum of 1,500 and a maximum of 3,000 characters, including spaces. You may prepare your Personal Statement in a word processor (i.e., to utilize spell-check and grammar-check features) and copy the text into the text box.
In this section, you must provide an essay describing what you consider to be the greatest technical challenges in aeronautics for the next 20-25 years, and why. You can pick one challenge or several. You should address what types of research will be required to address the challenge(s), and what ideas or concepts you think might help to solve them. You will need to explain the challenge(s) and your proposed concepts in sufficient technical depth to demonstrate your technical understanding, and you will also need to clearly explain why the challenge(s) is/are so important.
You should enter the essay in the text box provided. There is a 10,000 character maximum in this section. You may prepare your Personal Statement in a word processor (i.e., to utilize spell-check and grammar-check features) and copy the text into the text box, if you choose.
Enter contact information for three references in order to send a request to each. References should be scientists, engineers, or faculty members who have current or recent knowledge of your academic accomplishments or your professional experiences. They will be contacted electronically and asked to fill out a brief form and attach a reference letter in pdf format.
Three references must be added for you to be able to submit your application. You should confirm the references' information with them prior to adding them to your list. When you click "Add new reference," the information you will need is:
When you click the "Save this reference" button, the reference will automatically be notified via e-mail and sent a link to fill out a reference form.
If you wish to send a reminder email to a reference, click on "Send reminder email" underneath the reference to who you wish to send a reminder. If you wish to edit or delete a reference, click on the appropriate link underneath the reference you wish to edit or delete, and then either edit the information or confirm deletion. You will not be able to change their email address.
You are responsible for ensuring that three reference forms are submitted to ASEE by your references prior to the application deadline. You may login and monitor which references have been received at any time, though you will not be able to review the contents of the materials received.
Indicate how you learned about the NASA Aeronautics Scholarship Program.
The How Did You Hear About NASA Aeronautics Scholarship? This section of the application is voluntary. Information on how applicants learn of the NASA Aeronautics Scholarship Program is collected in this section of the application in order to determine the effectiveness of the outreach campaign in reaching diverse sections of the eligible population.
The NASA Aeronautics Scholarship Program will determine which transcripts are required based on the information you provide in the "Academic Background" section of the application. You can view the transcripts needed to complete your application in the "Academic Background" section as well as in the "Overall Status" section of your application.
It is recommended that you request transcripts immediately upon deciding to apply. Allow at least four weeks for most institutions to respond to a request for transcripts. Transcripts must show completed coursework as of the application opening date of September 2012; if you started at your current school in Fall 2012, therefore, transcripts are not required. It is highly recommended that students do not wait until January to send in their transcripts. Please ensure that your transcripts are submitted as soon as possible.
High school seniors and freshman please note that we will need an official copy of your high school transcript to evaluate your academic credentials for the scholarship.
As ASEE receives your transcripts, the "Overall Status" page on your application will be updated, which you can use to monitor transcript status even after you submit your application.
We accept only official transcripts. It is highly advised to submit transcripts well in advance of the deadline.
Transcripts should be mailed to:
NASA Aeronautics Scholarship Program
Administered by: American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE)