NASA/WSU Jump Start Program

NASA JSP Background

Wichita State University (WSU) has a proud heritage of working with NASA. Furthermore, our research activities have always included opportunities for students. The WSU/NASA Jump Start Program (JSP) is designed to facilitate student involvement in NASA relevant projects.
Specific JSP goals include:

  • Engaging, highly motivated and qualified, students in NASA relevant projects
  • Facilitating opportunities for students to learn by doing
  • Helping researchers discover and support good students
  • Cultivating students for continued academic and research involvement
  • Supporting a friendly environment - particularly for women, underrepresented, and disabled students - to learn and grow
  • Supporting current and future NASA workforce development goals

NASA JSP Details

The JSP supports select students to work with WSU or industry researchers on NASA or NASA-relevant projects. Numerous opportunities reside in the WSU Aerospace Engineering department and the National Institute for Aviation Research (NIAR).
Important NASA JSP guidelines and information are as follows:

  • Applicants are selected competitively based principally on maturity, motivation, and potential
  • Only US citizens (a NASA requirement) and full-time undergraduate students are eligible (preference is given to new or transfer students)
  • Applicants must be engineering, science, or mathematics majors
  • JSP award numbers vary with available funding and research sponsors
  • Participants work 10-20 hours per week, for at least $10.00/hr.
  • JSP students assume the responsibility to find an approved researcher to work with (i.e., we provide some funding and you find a “NASA in Kansas” approved researcher to work with)

NASA JSP Application

Click here to download application and related information. Click here to download a JSP flyer, for posting.

Submissions are normally due by the 1st Friday of each new semester. However, we are offering a special mid-semester opportunity, due November 21, 2017.

(Note: University researchers are invited to visit the “NASA in Kansas” office for additional information or to potentially engage JSP Fellows in their research.)

Page last updated: Oct. 31, 2017