NASA MEI

NASA Opportunity for MSIs

Exciting STEM Professional Development Opportunity at a NASA Center in Summer 2017

MEI Flyer

Funding from NASA Minority University Research and Education Project (MUREP) provides the opportunity for Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) to participate in 5-day MUREP Educator Institutes at each of the 10 NASA Centers starting Summer 2017. Institutes are comprised of student-centered classroom activities that utilize NASA assets and resources and will help educators develop instructional practices that will enhance STEM instruction for all students.

  • Eligible participants are U.S. citizens enrolled in pre-service or alternate route teacher preparation programs at Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs).
  • MSIs are encouraged to send a team of up to 5 teacher candidates (elementary and/or secondary STEM fields) and a faculty sponsor.
  • Participants engage in Pre-Institute online instruction, a 5-day on-site Institute experience at a NASA Center, and on-line Post-Institute instruction.
  • Participants are provided with lodging, breakfasts and lunches, and a $500 stipend.

Plan to attend the Institute nearest you

2017 MEI Event Dates

Ames Research Center
Moffett Field, CA
     ·  July 31 – August 4, 2017

Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Pasadena, CA
     ·  June 26 – 30, 2017

Marshall Space Flight Center
Huntsville, AL
     ·  June 5 – 9, 2017

Armstrong Flight Research Center
Palmdale, CA
     ·  July 17 – 21, 2017

Johnson Space Center
Houston, TX
     ·  June 12 – 16, 2017
     ·  June 19 – 23, 2017

Glenn Research Center
Cleveland, OH
     ·  July 10 – 14, 2017

Kennedy Space Center
Kennedy Space Center, FL
     ·  June 12 – 16, 2017
     ·  June 19 – 23, 2017

Goddard Space Flight Center
Greenbelt, MD
     ·  June 12 – 16, 2017

Langley Research Center
Hampton, VA
     ·  May 22 – 26 , 2017

Stennis Space Center
Stennis Space Center, MS
     ·  June 12 – 16, 2017

To request an application please email Michelle Berry, NASA MEI Coordinator, at mb54@txstate.edu.


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What do I need to do to organize a team to participate in the 2017 NASA MUREP Educator Institute?

The MEI team from your institution should include a faculty sponsor and up to 5 teacher education students. The team organizer will need to submit the names and email addresses of each team member.

What is the deadline for submitting team member names and email addresses?

Deadline for submitting team member names and email addresses TBA.

Where do I submit the team member names and addresses?

Contact Michelle Berry at mb54@txstate.edu for the submission link.

How will team members be contacted after their name has been submitted?

Team members will be contacted by Michelle Berry, MEI Project Coordinator.

What are the requirements for student team members?

Recruit student team members that reflect the diversity of your university and the public schools in which your graduates are likely to teach. Student team members, elementary or secondary students preparing to teach in a STEM field, must be enrolled in your institution’s teacher education program and should be reliable,responsible and dedicated students who will represent your institution well. Student team members must agree to participate in ALL days of the Institute and be willing to complete all online professional development activities.

Who should be a faculty sponsor for the student team?

The faculty team member must be actively involved in the institution’s preparation program for STEM teachers at the secondary or elementary levels and must be available to participate in ALL days of the Institute and be willing to support students in completing their online professional development activities.

What MEI costs are covered by the NASA MUREP?

Institute participants (students and faculty sponsor) will receive a $500 stipend and will have their lodging expenses and two meals per day (breakfast & lunch) covered by funding provided by NASA Minority University Research & Education Project (MUREP). There is no funding to support transportation costs.

What happens at the 5-day Institutes?

The five-day MUREP Educator Institutes will consist of engaging classroom activities that utilize NASA assets and resources and will help educators develop instructional practices that will enhance STEM instruction for all students.

What is expected of participants?

All student and faculty participants will participate in the 5-day Institute beginning with lunch on Monday and concluding with lunch on Friday. All student participants are required to complete 8 hours of online professional development prior to the Institute and an additional 8 hours of online professional development following the Institute. Faculty sponsors will participate in designated online events and will help monitor student progress in completing the online requirements. The dates and times of the online professional development sessions will be communicated directly to participants by the Project Coordinator, Michelle Berry.

What is the role of the MUREP MEI Project Coordinator?

The MUREP MEI Project Coordinator, Michelle Berry, will contact the team members with instructions for completing their part of the application process and will commuicate with them directly about online professional development, lodging arrangements, etc. Team organizers and and faculty sponsors will be copied on these communications.

Which Institute should my team plan to attend?

Typically institutions should attend the Institute at the NASA Center closest to your university. You may request to attend a different Institute if there is space available. There is no funding to support transportation costs.

Who should I contact if I have questions or need additional information?

Contact the project coordinator, Michelle Berry at mb54@txstate.edu or (512) 716-4568.

Is there I flyer that I can share with others who may be interested in participating?

Download a 2017 MEI Institute flyer by clicking on this link.
Video Highlights from 2016 MEI Events

Glenn Research Center

Jet Propulsion Laboratory


Comments from 2016 MEI Participants

MEI activity at Johnson Space Center
"The tours of the Center helped me realize a lot of detailed information that I didn't know and the activities made me realize how interesting NASA really is and how much children would love to be engaged in something like that."

Jennifer Cecena-Ruiz
Student from University of the Incarnate Word

 

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This material is based upon work supported by NASA under cooperative agreement award number NNX15AU89A.