Summer Fellowship


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 four week online program includes hands-on GIS training, webinars and a course project (estimated at approximately 50 hours). Upon completion students will receive a certificate, laptop and stipend.


Participants will study under the direction of Dr. May Yuan, Brandt Professor and Edith Kinney Gaylord Presidential Professor and Director of the Center for Spatial Analysis at the University of Oklahoma.


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:

-Complete six online training courses
-Participate in three online webinars
-CompleteGIS project in individual topic area of interest


Participants must:

-Be a US citizen
-Be a sophomore STEM (science, technology, mathematics and engineering) major as of fall semester 2014 OR senior science/math education major as of fall semester 2014
-Have a minimum 3.0 GPA
-Be a current student in good standing OR newly admitted for 2014 / 2015 to an Oklahoma NASA Space Grant Institution (OU, OSU, Southern Nazarene, Cameron, Langston, SOSU, SWOSU, ECU)
-Continue qualified enrollment for the 2014/2015 academic year (spring and summer 2014 graduates not eligible)


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 16th.

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 - April 30th
Selection - May 5th
Official Transcripts and Administrative Forms Due - May 16th
Program Dates - June 2nd - 27th

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 16th 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

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

Week One: Introduction to GIS, lessons due by June 8th

June 2 - Webinar One, The Geospatial Revolution and online introductory meeting (time to be determined)
Lesson 1 - Getting Started with GIS (9 hours)
Lesson 2 – Referencing data to real-world locations (3 hours)

Week Two: Learning GIS, lesson due June 15th

Lesson 3 - Learning ArcGIS Desktop (24 hours)
June 13th - Webinar Two (speaker / topic to be announced, time to be determined)

Week Three: Using GIS – lessons due June 22nd

Lesson 4 - Solving spatial problems (2 hours)
Lesson 5 - Exploring Spatial Patterns (3 hours)
Lesson 6 - Building Models for GIS Analysis (3 hours)
June 27th - Webinar Three (speaker / topic to be announced, time to be determined)

Week Four: Complete a GIS project – due June 29th

Select one of your choice at ArcLessons. (estimated 4 hours).