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. The program includes hands-on online training, customized lessons and participation in the Geospatial Summer Fellowship Symposium to be held at the University of Oklahoma featuring a keynote address by David DiBiase, Director of Education, Industry Solutions at ESRI and lead author of The Geographic Information Science and Technology Body of Knowledge. 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:
-Dell Latitude laptop provided for GIS lessons (will be given to student upon successful completion of the program)
-Student version of ArcGIS software
-Introduction to ArcGIS online course
-Additional learning materials on a topic of interest
-Lodging and participation in the Geospatial Summer Fellowship Symposium August 23, 2013
-$1000 stipend paid to the student upon successful completion
Fellowship recipients are expected to:
-Complete Introduction to ArcGIS online training and submit their certificate of completion
-Provide instructor with a topic area of interest for futher GIS study
-Complete additional GIS training in the topic area of interest
-Attend the Geospatial Fellowship Symposium on August 23, 2013 at the University of Oklahoma
-Give a symposium presentation - STEM majors will give a presentation on GIS in STEM learning, education majors will present on using GIS in STEM lesson development
-Be a US citizen
-Be a sophomore STEM (science, technology, mathematics and engineering) major as of fall semester 2013 OR senior science/math education major as of fall semester 2013
-Have a minimum 3.0 GPA
-Be a current student in good standing OR newly admitted for 2013 / 2014 to an Oklahoma NASA Space Grant Institution (OU, OSU, Southern Nazarene, Cameron, Langston, SOSU, SWOSU, ECU)
-Continue qualified enrollment for the 2013/2014 academic year (spring and summer 2013 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 15th.
Your references will be contacted via email with instructions to submit the recommendation online. A sample of the form can be viewed online.
Application Deadline - April 29th
Selection - May 3rd
Official Transcripts and Administrative Forms Due - May 15th
Guided Study Begins - May 15th
Geospatial Symposium - August 23rd
Upon selection fellows will be required to sign a letter of agreement, a photo release and scholarship/fellowship acknowledgement form for submission by May 15th 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 email@example.com
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.
More information regarding the symposium, lodging and logistics can be found on the FAQs page.