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NASA SaSa at Hampton University

Student Airborne Science Activation at Hampton University

 

  • WELCOME TO SASA

    We recognize that to increase the diversity of the STEM workforce, the change needs to begin at the onset of a minority student’s career. To help foster more effective, sustainable, and efficient use of the NASA science content, we will build student research opportunities as part of the existing courses and research programs at partner minority-serving institutions.

    HU Students preparing a rawinsonde launch in June 2019.
  • LEARN ABOUT US

    Summary of the program

    The NASA Science Activation Program invites highly motivated rising college freshman and sophomores to participate in the SaSa summer internship program. SaSa is funded by the NASA Science Activation Program and will draw on NASA Science Mission Directorate’s unique aircraft, instruments, and experts.This 8-week, full-time paid internship includes a competitive stipend, housing, and travel. Participants will gain hands-on research experience in all components of a research campaign, including flying onboard the NASA P-3 research aircraft to collect data. See SaSa Video Here.

    Goals of the program:

    • Create a student geoscience learning ecosystem to enable effective student engagement with NASA scientists & engineers, academic advisors, peers, and the local communities.
    • Provide students with new skills to work with NASA science equipment and real data from field/airborne campaigns and satellites.
    • Provide students with problem solving skills in the areas of instrument development, operation and mathematical tools and methods to analyze field data.
    • Provide research, mentoring, and networking opportunities for early-career undergraduates to address the shortage of individuals from historically underrepresented groups graduating with STEM degrees from Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) and a need to prepare these students to enter STEM graduate programs as well as the NASA and research workforce.
  • PEOPLE & RESEARCH MENTORS

    SaSa Faculty Mentors @HU

    Dr. John Anderson (link to bio)

     


    Dr. Jia Su (link to bio)
  • WHAT THE PROGRAM OFFERS

    • 8-week program at 6 Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) and 2 NASA centers
    • Receive a competitive stipend, travel and housing expenses covered
    • Gain hands-on research experience with the guidance of faculty and NASA research mentors
    • Fly onboard NASA research aircraft
    • Gain practical training in scientific research, data collection, and experimentation
    • Opportunity to present at national Geoscience conferences
    • Access to ongoing professional development activities, workshops, mentoring, and the SaSa community network
  • PROJECTS

    Hampton University’s Department of Atmospheric and Planetary Science

    Hampton University, a private, non-profit, non-sectarian, co-educational institution was founded 1868 in Hampton, Virginia. Hampton University is a Historically Black College and University (HBCU) dedicated to the promotion of learning, character building, and preparation of promising students for the positions of leadership and service. The Department of Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences’ (DAPS) faculty members are actively engaged in related research sponsored by the National Aeronautics Space Administration (NASA), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the Department of Defense (DoD) and the National Science Foundation (NSF), and have significant experience in remote sensing. In particular, department personnel have considerable experience with NASA scientific spacecraft-based remote sensor developments and scientific leadership of missions. Master’s and PhD degrees are granted in atmospheric and planetary sciences by DAPS. The DAPS has produced 21 Ph.D.’s and 15 M.S.’s since the program’s inception in 2007. The DAPS faculty members currently serve as Principal Investigator (PI) on three satellite experiments in orbit including one, the Aeronomy on Ice in the Mesosphere (AIM) satellite, for which the university has total mission responsibility. In addition, HU is a NOAA NWS Weather Ready Nation Ambassador.

    Current research topics by the faculty of DAPS include characterization of the nearby coastal Planetary Boundary Layer (PBL) including winds, temperature, water vapor, aerosol and a number of gaseous species like ozone and most recently NO2and atmospheric ducting.

  • INSTRUMENTS

    The following instruments (and what they measure) will be used to support student research projects
    in the SaSa summer program:

    Hampton University Instrument

    Measurement Capabilities

    Satellite Direct Broadcast Receiving System multi-band imagery and hyperspectral soundings from ~12 polar orbiting satellites
    48” Lidar system with tunable OPO laser (90 nm to 2 microns) SO2, NO2, O3, and Aerosol profiles, AOD, Temperature (Raman), Water Vapor, PBL height, Cloud properties (<30 km)
    Scanning Multi-Wavelength Lidar PBL height, Aerosol profile, Cloud properties, Water Vapor profile (<5 km)
    Micro-pulse Lidar PBL height, Aerosol profile and AOD, Cloud height (<12 km)
    ASSIST Spectroradiometer (Procured) Temperature and Water Vapor profiles
    AERONET Sun Photometer AOD, Column size distributions, Single Scatter Albedo, Asymmetry Factor, Precipitable Water
    Pandora Spectrometer Column SO2, NO2, O3
    Sonde Launches (Met and ozone) PBL height, Water Vapor, Temperature, Wind, and Ozone profiles
    Luftt Ceilometer
    Mixing Layer Height, Aerosols, and clouds
  • WHO IS ELIGIBLE

    REQUIREMENTS

      • To participate in the program, you must:
      • Be enrolled full-time in one of the MSI partner universities
      • Status as a first- or second-year undergraduate student
      • Good academic standing with a GPA of 3.0 or greater (out of 4.0)
      • Interest in pursuing a STEM-related degree and career
      • Interest in the Earth, Ocean, and/or Atmospheric Sciences
      • U.S. citizen or non-citizen national
  • APPLICATION

    Apply online at https://www.nasa.gov/content/sasa. The application portal is open beginning November 1, 2021.

    The applicant must submit the entire application package, including statement of interest, 1-2 letters of recommendation, unofficial transcript, by the January 31, 2022 deadline for full consideration.

  • FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

    DO YOU ACCEPT UNOFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTS?

    Yes, unofficial transcripts are accepted if they are downloaded from your university website. Scanned copies of official transcripts are also acceptable; please upload your scanned transcripts as a PDF to your application. Remove or cover any Social Security numbers.

    WHAT IF MY GPA IS LESS THAN 3.0?

    Students with a GPA of 3.0 or greater are encouraged to apply. Consideration will be given based on the level of difficulty of your courses, the remarks of your recommenders, and your personal statement, including extenuating circumstances that are described.

    I HAVE OTHER OBLIGATIONS DURING THE SUMMER PROGRAM. CAN I JOIN FOR PART OF THE PROGRAM?

    No, we require that students attend the full 8-week program to make the most of the research experience.

    MY FALL 2021 GRADES WILL NOT BE FINALIZED BY JANUARY 31, 2022. WHAT SHOULD I DO?

    If your Fall 2021 grades are not finalized on your transcript by the application deadline of January 31, 2022, due to your institution’s academic calendar, exam period, or other exceptional circumstances, you may submit your transcripts after January 31. If you submit after the application deadline, please upload your transcript as a PDF and notify us of the reason for the delay by emailing us at arc-sasa@mail.nasa.gov before the January 31 deadline.

  • CONTACT US

    Visit us at https://www.nasa.gov/content/sasa/ for application information.Questions about the application or SaSa program? Email us at arc-sasa@mail.nasa.gov