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October 31, 2011  
Volume 4, Number 4

In This Issue:

~This Newsletter

~From a New Scholar's Point of View

~NASA Education

~Free & Cheap Online Tutoring Sites

~Community Outreach Websites and Resources

~Suggestion Box


More Information:

~Aida's Website

~Aida's Symposium video

~HeadLine video


Career Links:

Find government posted jobs.

STEM related job search website.


NASA Links:

NASA MUST Program Information

Up to date information on how to become a MUST Scholar.


Information on how to, when, and what they are look for in applying for NASA.

NASA One-Stop Shopping Initiative

A innovation solution to support the STEM Workforce of tomorrow.


Contact Us

Vanessa Webbs

MUST Project Manager

NASA Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field


Holly Triska

Hispanic College Fund



Anthony Dixon

Hispanic College Fund




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MUST Newsletter

All our dreams can come true... if we have the courage to pursue them."
-- Walt Disney

The NASA Motivating Undergraduate in Science and Technology project publish a newsletter that offers valuable information on how to develop your skills and workforce readiness. The newsletter will include dates of important events, NASA information and opportunities, important links, scholars' highlights, professional development materials, and more. Please feel free to contact a MUST staff member directly if you have ideas for future newsletters, or any comments, questions.


MUST Scholar Spotlight

It's been five months since selecting 51 new scholars to the NASA Motivating Undergraduates in Science and Technology project. As each scholar brings something to the NASA program, I had the opportunity to speak with Aida Yoguely Cortes-Pena, a sophomore at Georgia Tech, studying Mechanical Engineering.

Aida was born in Columbia and later moved to Puerto Rico with her parents and two siblings. In grade school she attended an art and music school where her passion for music played a big role in the early stages of her life. She learned how to play the electric bass and have cool jam sessions with friends. Later, she formed a band in high school called the "HeadLine." According to Ms. Cortes-Pena, the name sounded important. (Click the link to view a music video). www.youtube.com/

While she was enthusiastic about music, the love of math and science would be her ultimate passion. Aida's father is a professor in Math and Computer Science. Growing up, Aida's father would leave her problems daily for her to solve. In 5th grade, a NASA educational film crew from Langley Research Center chose her elementary school as the filming site for a project they were conducting in PR. With her talent and training, she was offered a part in the film presenting how to measure distances.

Her experiences with NASA would not stop there. In high school, she completed two internships with the NASA Inspire project

(For more information about this program visit: www.nasa.gov/offices/education/
) at John F. Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

Endeavor Space Shuttle, Aida's internship at Kennedy Space Center in Florida

Space Station Processing Facility, Aida's internship at Kennedy Space Center in Florida

What is your overall experience with MUST thus far? Amazing! I really liked this year's MUST Orientation and 21st Century Leadership Symposium held by NASA in Baltimore, MD. I could feel the energy from other MUST scholars, NASA staff, and positive speakers.

Of her own initiative, Aida composed a video about her experiences at the symposium. (Please check it out at www.youtube.com/yoguely).

Click play to view symposium video!

What projects are you involved in at your university or personally? I am affiliated with several organizations, including the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE), the Hispanic Recruitment Team at Georgia Tech (HRT - Student Organization), and the Society of Women Engineers (SWE).

Space Shuttle Lanuch Pad

Through these organizations, I have tutored K-12 grade students in math and science at an afterschool program in Peachtree Presbyterian Church called La Amistad. (Visit the link for more information www.peachtreepres.org/Mission
). I served as a mentor to Tech High Charter school students through Georgia Tech RoboJackets's student design experimentation/ competition in robotics. (Click the link for more information www.robojackets.org/) . I also participated with Georgia Aviation Day with the Boys and Girls Scouts of America showing and explaining to middle school students how a plane works. "Being a mentor for the project was exciting. I didn't have programs like that in Puerto Rico."

After the symposium, I wrote a message to myself to view each day:

"Good Morning Dr. Aida. Challenge yourself. Step out of what you know and do something different. Shape the world."

This is my fifth story I have written and the one thing that they all have in common (besides being a MUST scholar, loving the symposium, and studying in the STEM field) is their activism. They are being present in their community and having the willingness to help others. As the world changes and times are getting a little hard for others, never stop striving for greatness.

"Everybody can be great...because anybody can serve." - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Click to view Aida's personal website.

Free & Cheap Online Tutoring Sites

Spread the Word!

2012 CanSat Competition

Applications currently are being accepted for the 2012 CanSat Competition.

This annual competition is open to university and college students from the United States, Canada, Mexico and Europe. Teams of three to 10 students must design and build a space-type system called a CanSat. Each CanSat is the size of a soda can and must be built according to the specifications released by the competition organizing committee.

All teams entering the CanSat competition are required to have a faculty adviser. The faculty adviser will oversee and be responsible for the conduct of the team at all times during the competition. The advisor is strongly encouraged to accompany the team to the competition.

Applications are due Nov. 30, 2011.

For more information about the competition and to download the application, visit www.cansatcompetition.com

Dear Student: 2012 NASA High-Altitude Student Platform Opportunity

NASA is accepting applications from students at U.S. colleges and universities who want to send experiments to the edge of space on a high-flying scientific balloon.

The annual NASA project provides near-space access for 12 undergraduate and graduate student experiments to be carried by a NASA high-altitude research balloon. The flights typically last 15 to 20 hours and reach an altitude of 23 miles. Experiments may include compact satellites or prototypes.

The experiments are flown aboard the High Altitude Student Platform, or HASP, a balloon-born instrument stack launched from the Columbia Scientific Balloon Facility's remote site in Fort Sumner, N.M. The goals of the project are to provide a space test platform to encourage student research and stimulate the development of student satellite payloads and other space-engineering products.

HASP seeks to enhance the technical skills and research abilities of students in critical science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines. The project is a joint effort between NASA and the Louisiana Space Grant Consortium.

The deadline for applications is Dec. 16, 2011.

For application information and technical details about the program, visit http://laspace.lsu.edu/hasp.

Questions about the High-Altitude Student Platform opportunity should be directed to T. Gregory Guzik at guzik@phunds.phys.lsu.edu.