Overview | Apprenticeship Experience | Eligibility | NASA's Education Vision | Ames


SHARP Overview:

Each year the Summer High School Apprenticeship Research Program (SHARP) offers a select group of approximately 200 high school students the opportunity to participate in an intensive science and engineering apprenticeship program. The students are selected on the basis of having shown the aptitude for and interest in science and engineering careers. The Program operates during the summer months for approximately eight weeks at a participating National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Center or Facility.

Apprenticeship Experience:

As apprentices, the students learn and earn. After participating in an orientation program, the apprentices are assigned to work with a NASA mentor in a specific area of science or technology. During the apprenticeship, students have the opportunity to:
  • Conduct meaningful research
  • Interact with students from different racial and ethnic backgrounds
  • Participate in a variety of enrichment activities that provide:
    • Opportunities to develop oral and written communications and computer and leadership skills
    • Multicultural experiences
Apprentices also prepare written final reports and abstracts of their research studies.

SHARP is specifically designed to attract and increase underrepresented students' participation and success rates in mathematics and science courses, as well as to encourage career paths that help build a pool of underrepresented science and engineering professionals in the workplace.

Talented high school students are encouraged to apply for SHARP with the understanding that:
  • The Program is for underrepresented students.
  • The Program is not available for more than two years.
  • The Program is not available to the sons and daughters of NASA employees.
This Program is for groups underrepresented in math, science, or technology - African American, Native Alaskan, Native American, Hispanic, Pacific Islander (Natives of the Philippines, Guam, American Samoa, or Micronesia) - including persons with disabilities that limit a major life function.

SHARP Eligibility Requirements:

To become participants, applicants must meet the following eligibility requirements:
  • Be a U.S. citizen who will be at least 16 years old by the time the Program starts in June.
  • Demonstrate a strong interest in and aptitude for a career in mathematics, engineering, or the sciences.
  • Be a permanent resident within commuting distance to a NASA Center or Facility and be available every day on a full-time basis. (If you do not meet this requirement, please consider the SHARP Plus Program).
  • Be willing to participate in a formal interview, if chosen as a finalist, as part of the placement process.
NASA's Education Vision:

NASA's Education Vision is to promote excellence in America's education system by enhancing and expanding scientific and technological competence. NASA's elementary and secondary programs seek to demostrate the application of science, mathematics, and technology to capture students' interests in these fields.

Ames Research Center:

The Ames Research Center specializes in research geared toward creating new knowledge and new technology. Ames is NASA's Center of Excellence in Information Systems technologies, encompassing research in supercomputing, networking, numerical computing softward, artificial intelligence, and human factors to enable bold advances in aeronautics and space. In aeronautics, Ames is the agency lead center in airspace operations systems, including air traffic control and human factors, and the lead cetner for rotorcraft technology. In space activities, Ames is the lead NASA center for understanding the effects of gravity on living things, and is home of the NASA Astrobiology Institute and the Center for Mars Exploration. The study of Earth Systems is supported by Ames' research in atmospheric and ecosystems science. Finally, Ames is the lead center in providing the thermal protection systems that are critical for future access to space and planetary atmospheric entry vehicles.

Ames is home to three national wind tunnel facilities, including the world's largest; several advanced flight simulators; an air traffic control tower simulator; a variety of supercomputers, including some fo the world's fastest; a suite of centrifuges that serve as a national resource; several research rotorcraft; and the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) aircraft.

Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA 94035
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