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Stem Enhancement in Earth Science (SEES) High School Summer Intern Program

ABOUT SEES

ELIGIBILITY

PROJECT CHOICES

HOW TO APPLY

FAQ

PAST PRESENTATIONS

 

 

 

PROGRAM CONTACTS

Margaret Baguio
Program Manager Education and Outreach
baguio@tsgc.utexas.edu

voice: 512-471-6922
fax: 512-471-3585

3925 West Braker Lane, Suite 200
Austin, Texas 78759

toll-free switchboard:
1-800-248-8742


Celena Miller
Senior Outreach Program Coordinator
cmiller@tsgc.utexas.edu

voice: 512-232-6895
fax: 512-471-3585

3925 West Braker Lane, Suite 200
Austin, Texas 78759

toll-free switchboard:
1-800-248-8742


The SEES High School Summer Intern Program is in partnership with NASA Cooperative Agreement Notice NNH15ZDA004C Award NNX16AB89A.

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT THE SEES SUMMER HIGH SCHOOL INTERN PROGRAM

BASIC INFO

A: The 2021 SEES internship will:
  May 1 - July 1 Online coursework
July 1 - 15 Remote project work with mentors
July 17 - 31 On-site residential program
July 1 - 31 Virtual projects
August 2 - 4 SEES Virtual Science Symposium

Deadline to apply is February 22, 2021.

A: The SEES internship is held at the University of Texas at Austin if the pandemic allows. Students are housed on the main campus and transported daily to the UT Center for Space Research at the north engineering campus.

A: SEES is for high school students that are current Sophomores and Juniors 16 and older (will be rising Juniors and Seniors) with an interest in STEM. Must be 16 by July 1, 2021. Students must be U.S. citizens.

A: The SEES program is funded by NASA and managed by the Texas Space Grant Consortium with the University of Texas at Austin Center for Space Research.

A: We suggest signing up for one of the virtual projects which you can do from your home, working with NASA Subject Matter Experts, while still contributing to NASA research.


APPLICATION

A: A student’s application is best positioned with good grades and application answers that demonstrate teamwork experience and a strong interest in STEM.

A: No. SEES also considers past STEM experiences and projected impact (scholarly need).

A: SEES considers STEM experiences on both ends of the spectrum – listing many past experiences promotes teamwork & STEM skills, while a lack of experiences might suggest a scholarly need. Both aptitude and need are weighed in the application process.

A: SEES will accept interns who are 16 or older by July 1, 2021.

A: SEES will accept only current sophomores and juniors.

A: SEES only allows one onsite internship per person. We welcome you as an ambassador of the program as part of the SEES Alumni group. SEES students that were selected for a virtual internship may apply for the onsite internship provided you are a current sophomore or junior.

A: The CSR internship program began in 2010 with mostly local (central Texas) students. The current SEES program, drawing students from all over the U.S., was first funded by NASA in 2016.

A: In previous years we have received over 500 applications annually. The SEES program can accommodate approximately 60 students on-site and many additional interns virtually.

A: You can fill out SEES application here.


INTRODUCTION VIDEO

A: The video is your way to introduce yourself to the science mentors. 3-5 minutes is the ideal timeframe.

A: No. The link to your video should be included in your application with the deadline of February 22, 2021.

A: Tell us who you are, where you are from, and why you're interested in becoming a NASA high school intern in under 5 minutes.

A: No. You must submit a link to your unlisted video with your online application. Please refer to our video requirements under section 4. Submitting a video.


RECOMMENDATION FORM

GUIDELINES:

  • The Recommendation Form is a standard form to be completed and submitted. You may access an example here.
  • Ask your recommender if they are willing to submit the form.
  • Input the correct email address into your application.
  • Provide the deadline to the recommender. Deadline: March 1, 2021.

A: No. Please provide the name and email address of your teacher, counselor, youth program leader, or principal when submitting your application. An email will be sent to that address where they will be able to submit a recommendation on your behalf.

A: It will be the applicant's responsibility to follow-up with the individual submitting the Recommendation to see if it has been submitted on your behalf. Please make sure the address you provide is correct and has no typos. You will receive confirmation when the recommendation has been submitted.

A: All Letter of Recommendations must be received by March 1, 2021.


COST

A: The only costs are for your transportation to/from Austin and any incidentals. SEES provides transportation to/from the airport and dorm, dorm costs, meals, and activities. We do have travel scholarships for students in need. Requesting a travel scholarship has no bearing on acceptance into the program.

A: SEES has a limited number of scholarships for transportation. Please note that need on the appropriate question on the application. The need for a travel scholarship has no bearing on acceptance into the program.


LOGISTICS

A: Yes. This will be provided when accepted into the program.

A: Hot. Bring shorts for outside, and a sweater/sweatshirt for inside (the computer labs are kept cold).

A: It is not required but highly recommended. SEES has a limited number of extra computers on-site. Connectivity is required for all virtual internships and distance learning events.

A: Yes. All interns will have access to the University of Texas wi-fi network while on-site.

A: Margaret Baguio, Program Manager for the Texas Space Grant Consortium and coordinator for the SEES program. Her contact information is: email: baguio@tsgc.utexas.edu and phone numbers: Office: 512-471-6922 or Cell: 512-423-4039. Celena Miller is Senior Outreach Coordinator for Texas Space Grant Consortium and SEES. Her contact information is: email: cmiller@tsgc.utexas.edu and phone numbers: Office: 512-232-6895 and Cell: 956-681-0274.

A: SEES immerses students into the program from the first to the last day. No days may be missed. (Emergency requests are examined on a case-by-case basis).


HOUSING

A: All interns flying into Austin (Austin Bergstrom International Airport) are met by our staff and shuttled to the UT dormitory. Students arriving via car should go directly to the dormitory.

A: All interns flying out of Austin (Austin Bergstrom International Airport) will be shuttled to the airport by our staff. Students leaving the dormitory by car should have an adult check out with a staff member.

A: The dorm is on The University of Texas at Austin campus. Details will be provided to all accepted into the SEES program. All rooms are double occupancy.

A: Yes. SEES dorm residents monitors will check on the interns.

A: SEES staff are with the interns while they are on campus.

A: Yes. All SEES staff have completed youth protection training class and a background check.

A: A family member or friend may visit with prior parent/guardian and SEES approval. Most evenings and weekends will be scheduled with supplementary SEES activities.

A: SEES events are for interns only. The final SEES Science Symposium will be virtual on August 2-4, 2021. All are invited.


FOOD & MEDICINE

A: SEES provides three meals per day and snacks. Students are responsible for any extra food costs. Students attending the on-site internship will be allowed to purchase an All-Sports Pass to go to the university gym for sports, swimming, and games.

A: SEES will do our best to accommodate special food requests as long as they are known before arrival. Vegetarian meals are provided.

A: Margaret Baguio, Texas Space Grant Program Manager for Education and Outreach is the emergency contact. Her information is: Email: baguio@tsgc.utexas.edu, Phones: Office: 512-471-6922 and Cell: 512-423-4039. Celena Miller, Texas Space Grant Senior Outreach Coordinator is the secondary emergency contact. Her information is: Email: cmiller@tsgc.utexas.edu, Phones: Office: 512-232-6895 and Cell: 956-681-0274.


PROGRAM

Important Dates to Remember

February 22 Applications Due
March 1 Recommendation Forms Due
May 1 Approximate date of notifications
May 1 – July 1 Earth and Space Distance Learning Module Available
May 1 – July 1 Python Distance Learning Module Available (notification provided if project requires, otherwise optional)
July 1 Earth and Space Science/Python Modules Due
July 1 - 15 Project Specific Online Work with Project Mentors
July 17 - 31 On-site Projects at UT
July 31 All students on-site return home
July 1 - 31 Virtual Projects
August 2 - 4 SEES Virtual Science Symposium


A: SEES interns are sorted into project groups when selected for the program. All interns must complete the Earth and Space Science Module by July 1. The Python course is required for some projects and optional for others. Each student will be notified. Both Earth and Space Science and Python modules must be completed by July 1. July 1 -15 interns will be working remotely with NASA subject matter experts to provide the background needed to complete the internship. Internship work will be daily July 17-31, 2021. The virtual SEES Science Symposium will be August 2-4, 2021.

A: The SEES research program at CSR runs all day M-F. Most evenings and some weekends have supplementary events scheduled. The SEES program includes a variety of tours.

A: The SEES interns will visit NASA Johnson Space Center. Additionally, other trips may be taken during evenings and weekends.

A: No course credit is given but each participant receives a NASA certificate of completion.