VSSEC-NASA Australian Space Prize

Have you ever dreamed of working on a current NASA project?

The VSSEC-NASA Australian Space Prize offers an Australian university student the opportunity to attend one of three 10 week NASA Academy programs, or participate in a NASA affiliated summer program, and work with a lead scientist or engineer on a current NASA project.

VSSEC-NASA Australian Space Prize

The Academy programs at Ames Research Centre, Goddard Flight Center and Marshall Space Flight Center, are intensive select entry programs that provide recent graduates with access to advanced science and engineering R&D, and an awareness of the complex managerial, political, financial, social, and human issues faced by the current and future aerospace programs. Through the awarding of this prize, an Australian university student will participate in a ten week academy program and work directly with scientists and engineers on a current NASA project related to their thesis topic

The VSSEC-NASA Australian Space Prize is open to all Australian undergraduate students completing their final or honors year at an Australian University in 2014.

The competition will be judged based on the student’s final year thesis or honors thesis and a completed application form. If the student’s thesis is not on a space related topic, an additional paper will be required detailing the space application of the thesis. Category winners will then be required to submit a separate application to NASA who will select the final winner.

The competition is divided into five categories:

  1. ENGINEERING - Structural design, orbital dynamics, materials, power systems, rocketry, robotics, etc.*This category incorporates the EA Undergraduate Prize in Space Engineering.  
  2. GEOLOGY AND PLANETARY GEOLOGY - Geology and planetary science, astrobiology, etc.  
  3. BIOLOGY AND HUMAN PHYSIOLOGY - Human physiology, astrobiology, microbiology, etc. 
  4. DATA PROCESSING AND ELECTRONICS - Data processing systems, data management, electronics, control systems, instrument and sensor design and applications using space-derived data.  
  5. SPACE PHYSICS AND ASTROPHYSICS - Space physics, astronomy, astrophysics, theoretical physics, mathematical modelling, space weather, atmospheric science, etc.

The overall winner will attend one of the NASA Academy programs at Ames Research Center, Goddard Flight Center or Marshall Flight Center, or participate in a NASA affiliated summer program in mid 2015.

The other category winners will each receive a $1000 cash prize.

The winner of the VSSEC-NASA Australian Space Prize will be required to work with VSSEC and its education partners to develop an education package based on their research and their experience at the NASA Academy.

For more information please go to: https://www.vssec.vic.edu.au/