NASA Opportunity for MSIs

Exciting STEM Professional Development Opportunity at a NASA Center in Summer 2018

Funding from NASA Minority University Research and Education Project (MUREP) provides the opportunity for Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) to participate in a 5-day MUREP Educator Institute at   a NASA Center. 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 candidates in 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

2018 MEI Event Dates

Ames Research Center
Moffett Field, CA
     ·  June 4-8, 2018

Armstrong Flight Research Center
Palmdale, CA
· June 18-22, 2018

Glenn Research Center
Cleveland, OH
· June 4-8, 2018

Goddard Space Flight Center
Greenbelt, MD
· June 11-15, 2018

Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Pasadena, CA
· June 25-29, 2018
· July 23-27, 2018

Johnson Space Center
Houston, TX
· June 4-8, 2018
· June 11-15, 2018

Kennedy Space Center
Kennedy Space Center, FL
· June 18-22, 2018
· June 25-29, 2018

Langley Research Center
Hampton, VA
· June 4-8, 2018

Marshall Space Flight Center
Huntsville, AL
· June 4-8, 2018

Stennis Space Center
Stennis Space Center, MS
· June 11-15, 2018

To request an application please email Michelle Berry, NASA MEI Coordinator, at


2018 External Evaluation of MEI


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What do I need to do to organize a team to participate in the 2018 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 December 1st 2017.

Where do I submit the team member names and addresses?

Contact Michelle Berry at 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 or (512) 716-4568.

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

Download a 2018 MEI Institute flyer by clicking on this link.

Video Highlights MEI Events

NASA MEI – MUREP Educator Institutes

Glenn Research Center

Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Comments from MEI Participants

MEI team at Jet Propulsion Laboratory
"This is one of the best professional development events I've ever attended. They were highly knowledgeable about all areas, always patient with all our questions, and very well organized. You could tell they wanted the teams attending to have a truly layered and engaging learning experience."Catherine LussierFaculty sponsor member from University of California, Riverside
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This material is based upon work supported by NASA under cooperative agreement award number NNX15AU89A.