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Sponsored by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the Summer High School Apprenticeship Research Program (NASA SHARP) is designed for students who have demonstrated a strong interest in and aptitude for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). One of NASA SHARP's objectives is to encourage the career paths of pre-college students who have been traditionally underrepresented in STEM fields. The following groups are traditionally underrepresented in STEM: Blacks or African Americans, American Indians or Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians or other Pacific Islanders, Hispanics or Latinos, females and persons with disabilities. NASA SHARP Commuter Component is conducted at thirteen participating NASA Field Installations, while the NASA SHARP Residential Component is conducted at universities throughout the United States, and the NASA SHARP Nonresidential University Site is conducted at Georgia Tech.
Each year, approximately 400 students will be selected to participate in NASA SHARP for a minimum of eight weeks during the summer. Students will work with mentors on NASA-related content at NASA Field Installations and universities. NASA's ultimate goal is to contribute to strengthening the Agency's and the nation's ability to recruit and sustain a more diverse workforce by preparing students for careers in STEM fields through successful programs like NASA SHARP.
While a NASA SHARP Apprentice, students have the opportunity to:
Conduct meaningful research
Earn a salary for their services
Develop and enhance their oral and written communication skills
Expand their computer skills
Develop their leadership skills
Develop and prepare written technical reports and abstracts
Interact with students from diverse cultural backgrounds
Participate in numerous enrichment activities (e.g., seminars, visits to scientific organizations, visits to major colleges and universities, etc.) NASASHARP