Spaceflight and Life Sciences Training Program
The Spaceflight and Life Sciences Training Program (SLSTP) is an investment in tomorrow. It is an intense, academically challenging, six-week summer program at the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Florida for undergraduate college students interested in learning how to successfully design and conduct biological research and operations in space and how to assess the environmental impacts of a launch site.
2004 Diversity by Academic Institution
This year, KSC hosted 30 outstanding students from across the U.S. and Canada. One of the unique aspects of SLSTP is the diversity encompassed in the program. The 2004 class was diverse in respect to geographic location (shown in the map above), ethnicity, gender, academic institutions, majors and academic classification.
The trainees spent 60% of their time in the lab/field conducting research with KSC scientists and engineers, 30% of their time attending lectures by invited speakers from KSC and other NASA centers, academia and other government agencies. The remaining 10% of the trainees' time was spent on tours of KSC facilities, Epcot, SeaWorld, the Enchanted Forest, an Indian River Boat tour and a beach cleanup service project. The trainees conduct research in one of three emphasis research groups, Controlled Biological Systems, Environmental Monitoring or Flight Experiments.
SLSTP is sponsored and implemented by NASA, the KSC Life Science Services Contract, NASA's SLSTP Academic Partner Alliance (NSAPA) and the USDA. NSAPA is comprised of Tuskegee University, South Mountain Community College and Dine' College.
Above: SLSTP class of 2004.
Visit SLSTP on the web at http://slstp.nasa.gov to obtain more program information.