NASA Selects High-Performing Interns As Agency Ambassadors

WASHINGTON -- NASA has selected 101 of its high-performing interns and fellows for the agency's Student Ambassador Program. The students will represent NASA at a variety of education and outreach events at schools and universities to help inspire future students interested in science, engineering, mathematics and technology, or STEM, opportunities.

The new ambassadors represent 31 states and 64 different universities.
This third group of student ambassadors, known as Cohort III, joins
189 other student ambassadors selected in 2009 and 2010. NASA
managers and mentors nominated the ambassadors from hundreds of
current interns and fellows who have participated in various NASA
Education projects.

"The ambassadors have demonstrated their ability to motivate students
to enter the STEM workforce," said Leland Melvin, associate
administrator for education at NASA Headquarters in Washington. "They
play an important role in our effort to develop the next generation
of explorers, because they can engage fellow students in a meaningful
peer-to-peer dialogue. That's something that more traditional
approaches cannot accomplish."

The new student ambassadors will join a virtual web-based community,
which allows them to interact with NASA staff and other ambassadors
to share information and make professional connections. Through the
website, the ambassadors also will have access to the latest NASA
news, cutting-edge research and career resources.

For more information about the NASA Student Ambassadors Virtual
Community and to see an interactive U.S. map with the names and
schools of the 2011 ambassadors, visit:


For more information about NASA's Education programs, visit:


Source: NASA

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