Student Opportunity: Participate on the UH Team Proposing to NASA’s Undergraduate Student Instrumentation Project

NSM and Engineering Colleges Organizing Team to Submit Proposal to Study the Aurora Borealis and Upper Atmosphere

Balloon Launch

The NASA Science Mission Directorate (SMD) has released an Undergraduate Student Instrument Project (USIP) Educational Flight Opportunity (EFO) to solicit U.S. university proposals to develop an Earth or space science payload that will fly on a NASA suborbital vehicle, such as a sounding rocket, balloon, aircraft, or commercial suborbital reusable launch vehicle.

The College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics and the Cullen College of Engineering at UH are organizing a team to submit a proposal to study the aurora borealis and the upper atmosphere using multiple payloads and hand launched balloons. A select number of students will be able to travel to Alaska to launch the experiments.

Students interested in participating should attend an information session that will be held on Wednesday, October 21, 2015, 5:30 PM in room 410 of S&R I. This meeting will be repeated in ENGR 102D at 4:00 pm on Friday, Oct 30, 2015. If you came to the first meeting, you do not need to come to the second.

The student team will be multidisciplinary and include undergraduate students from all disciplines including engineering, science, humanities, business, art, and other fields. Proposals to NASA are due November 20, 2015 with selections announced by December 31, 2015 and project initiation in January, 2016. The chosen experiments are planned to be flown starting August 2016.

Additional information or questions can be obtained by sending email to one of the contacts below:

Prof. Edgar Bering,

Prof. Robert Talbot, rtalbot@Central.UH.EDU

Prof. Deborah Rodrigues,

Prof. Julius Marpaung, mjulius@Central.UH.EDU

Prof John Glover,

Prof Jinghong Chen, jchen70@Central.UH.EDU

Apply Now!

To apply to be a member of the proposal team, please download and fill out this form. Return it by e-mail to Prof. Edgar Bering, by November 5, 2015.

There will be an organizational meeting for the students who have already applied on Monday, November 2 in Room 634 SR I at 5:30pm. The topics to be covered will include interactive instructions on preparing your part of the proposal and details of how to enroll in the required Engineering and NSM courses for next semester. If you have applied, you should come to this meeting.

Launch Scene