Broadcast 638 (Special Edition)

The Space Foundation Conference

15 Dec 2006 Jonathan Gleason, Amber Richards, Amanda Ross
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NASA DEVELOP Project Students Amanda Ross, Jonathan Gleason and Amber Richards were the guest for this Space Show program to discuss the DEVELOP Program. Listeners can follow along with this discussion by visiting the DEVELOP Program website at http://develop.larc.nasa.gov. Amanda, Jonathan and Amber each told us about their respective interest in space studies, how they heard about DEVELOP and what they do as part of the Develop team. They described the DEVELOP Program in detail, answered many listener questions about it, and talked about a variety of the ongoing projects. We learned of the many DEVELOP locations, that this is a paid internship even for high school students, and that many disciplines are represented, not just the sciences and engineering. For example, there are DEVELOP participants from business school, the humanities, and non-space related fields. The three participants explained how DEVELOP integrates with other NASA programs and NASA architecture and how their work has a direct application to benefiting society. The application process was explained in detail they let us know the GPA and other academic requirements for the program. Students are encouraged to apply for DEVELOP and not be put off by the rather detailed and somewhat long application which is on the DEVELOP website. In fact, the application is very similar to a university application. The program is diverse and the students find it of enormous value both for career development and in continuing with their academic studies. For those interested, the spring program has an application deadline coming up in early January so check it out on the DEVELOP website. If you have questions about the program, you can send your email to develop@larc.nasa.gov and one of the students will reply. If you have a follow up question or comment for Amanda, Jonathan or Amber, please send it to me at drspace@thespaceshow.com and I will forward it to the student you designate or all three per your instructions.

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