Dear Science Students!


Here is an opportunity to win a $1500 scholarship for the 2005-2006 academic year:

NASA Vermont Space Grant Undergraduate Scholarships

This is open only to VT residents attending college in Vermont – studying in fields relevant to NASA’s interests.

We have had good success in past competitions with St. Michael's students sometimes winning between 4 and 6 of the ten scholarships offered!

See the website for details -- and to download an application form.

Applications are due March 1.

The application is pretty simple, but an important component of the application is the essay explaining how your career goals have "relevance to the US aerospace industry and the goals of NASA”. -- "Relevance" is a broad term, so various types of research and possibly even teaching can qualify, but you do have to write a brief essay explaining the relevance. You should read the application form carefully, and perhaps check out the NASA website ( to find out more about the many varied goals of NASA.

Letters of Recommendation are also needed -- it would be good to request those as soon as possible.

If you have any questions about the application process, feel free to contact me.

I'm sure most science/math/cs faculty would be happy to advise you on essays as well.

Good luck!

Zsuzsanna M Kadas

Professor of Mathematics

Saint Michael's College


P.S. Current SMC students who have held VT Spacegrant scholarships are: Jessica Rabideau (Engineering) and Karoline Godburn (Biochemistry)



To apply for a Vermont Space Grant Undergraduate Scholarship, an applicant should be:

A Vermont resident and United States citizen,

A graduating senior in a Vermont high school, or a current undergraduate enrolled in a degree program in a Vermont institution of higher education, with a GPA of 3.0 or above.

Planning to pursue a professional career which has direct relevance to the United States aerospace industry and the goals of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Such as studies in Astronomy, Biology, Engineering, Mathematics, Physics, and other basic sciences, including earth sciences and Medicine. Cross-disciplinary and other areas of study may also apply