Summer Fellowship

Program

The Oklahoma NASA Space Grant Geospatial Summer Fellowship and Symposium Program provides students with opportunities to explore the use of geospatial information science in higher education learning. This six week online program includes hands-on GIS and remote sensing training, webinars and a course project (total time estimate 96 hours). Upon completion students will receive a laptop and stipend.

Instructor

Participants will study under the direction of Melissa Scott, Assistant Director of Research and Education of the Center for Spatial Analysis at the University of Oklahoma.

Fellowship

Twelve fellowships valued at $2000 will be competitively awarded to support student participation. One fellowship will be awarded to a student at each of eight Oklahoma NASA Space Grant Institutions. Four additional at-large fellows will be awarded from the pool of applicants to promote geospatial workforce development and diversity. Women and underrepresented minorities are encouraged to apply.

The fellowship award of $2,000 includes:

-Laptop provided for GIS lessons (will be given to student upon successful completion of the program)
-Student version of ArcGIS software
-$1000 stipend paid to the student upon successful completion

Fellowship recipients are expected to:

-Online GIS and remote sensing training courses
-Online webinars
-Contribute to online community
-Individual GIS project in topic area of interest

Eligibility

Participants must:

-Be a US citizen
-Be classified as a junior as of spring semester 2015
-Major in a STEM discipline (science, technology, mathematics and engineering) OR science/math education
-Have a minimum 3.0 GPA
-Be a current student in good standing OR newly admitted for 2015 / 2016 to an Oklahoma NASA Space Grant Institution (OU, OSU, Southern Nazarene, Cameron, Langston, SOSU, SWOSU, ECU)
-Continue qualified enrollment for the 2015/2015 academic year (spring and summer 2015 graduates not eligible)

Application

Applicants must complete the online application form,  submit transcripts for all previous college or university course work and contact information for three letters of recommendation.

Unofficial transcripts are suitable for applications purposes but upon selection participants will be required to submit official transcripts by May 19th.

Your references will be contacted via email with instructions to submit the recommendation online. A sample of the form can be viewed online. 

Important Dates

Application Deadline – May 5th
Selection - May 8th
Official Transcripts and Administrative Forms due - May 19th
Program Dates - June 1st - July 12th

Additional Information

Upon selection fellows will be required to sign a letter of agreement, a photo release and scholarship/fellowship acknowledgement form for submission by May 19th along with official transcripts. These forms are available for reference on the FAQs page.  Questions regarding any of these items can be directed to Melissa Scott at mscott@ou.edu

Complete and full participation is required to receive the laptop and fellowship stipend. Students who do not complete the program requirements will be required to return the laptop to the Space Grant representative at their home institution.

Course Schedule

To be announced. Assignments and activities will average 16 hours per week over a period of 6 weeks June 1st – July 12th. Students will complete weekly assignments on their own schedule each week.