Subject: Participate in Mission 11 of the Student Spaceflight Experiments
Are you interested in designing an experiment that will fly to space?
Participate in Mission 11 of the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program
We are seeking freshmen, sophomores and juniors interested in research. No
previous background in research is required. Students will be selected on a
first-come, first-served basis.
You will be part of the UMD SSEP Community, where student teams will compete
by writing experiment proposals to test the effect of microgravity on a
biological system. Only one proposal will be selected for flight. This is a
real scientific competition!
The winning student group will set up their proposed experiment in the lab
and ship it to be taken to low Earth orbit on the International Space
Station. The experiment will spend 4-6 weeks in microgravity and return to
the students for analysis.
Student groups are made up of 2-4 students. Feel free to create your own
group and apply, or apply as an individual and we will assign a group to you.
Each group will be assigned a research mentor who will give weekly advice
from Day 1 on proposal writing and experiment design.
September 15, 2016: Program start date. Student groups are briefed about the
details of the experiment + proposal and meet with their mentor for the first
time. Groups begin working on their experiment proposals.
October 13, 2016: Optional mid-program meeting
November 8, 2016: Student proposals are due for review
November 16, 2016: Three UMD proposals are selected as finalists to be
reviewed by National Center for Earth and Space Science Education (NCESSE)
Mid-December, 2016: One proposal is selected to fly to ISS
Winter/Spring 2017: Winning proposal has time to optimize the experiment for
flight to ISS
Spring 2017 (barring launch delays): Experiment due for ferry to ISS
Launch + 4-6 weeks (Summer 2016-2017): Experiment returns and winning student
group analyses the results
July 2017: Winning team may attend the SSEP conference in Washington, D.C.
and present results
What is my time commitment?
FOR ALL PARTICIPANTS
Fall 2016: Write the 8-page experiment proposal between September 15 and
November 8. Meet weekly with research mentor. Perform preliminary experiments
in the lab -optional, to make your proposal stronger. [~2 months]
ONLY FOR THE THREE SEMI-FINALISTS
November 15: Revise your proposal based on reviewers’ comments before
sending it to NCESSE for selection [1 day].
ONLY FOR THE WINNING TEAM
Mid-December 2016: Revise your proposal based on reviewers’ comments.
Depending on your experiment, you might have to optimize quantities and other
aspects of your proposed experiment [~1-2 weeks].
Winter/Spring 2017: Set up your experiment in the lab and ship it for flight
to ISS [~ 1 month]
Summer 2017: Receive your experiment from space and analyze and report
results [~1-2 months].
Find out more from UMD Program Director Daniel Serrano !
(deadline for expression of interest: September 14, 2016)
Contact Person: Daniel Serrano
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