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NASA SELECTS "SHARP" STUDENTS TO LAUNCH ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE



Submitted by Arthur - N1ORC

Gretchen Cook-Anderson
Headquarters, Washington                  July 15, 2003
(Phone: 202/358-0836)

Pamela Piper
Modern Technology Systems, Inc., Riverdale, Md.
(Phone: 301/985-5171)

RELEASE: 03-240

NASA SELECTS "SHARP" STUDENTS TO LAUNCH ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE

     NASA launched the 2003 Summer High School Apprenticeship 
Research Program (SHARP) after competitively selecting 340 
students representing nearly every state, Puerto Rico, and 
St. Croix.

In June, NASA SHARP participants, chosen from a pool of more 
than 2,400 applicants, became apprentices to scientists and 
engineers at agency centers and universities around the 
country.

NASA SHARP, which began in October 2002, is a research-based 
program focusing on the agency's mission, facilities, human 
resources and programs. The program advances NASA's goal to 
involve under represented students in academic, workplace and 
social experiences and research opportunities to support the 
educational excellence of the nation.

NASA SHARP is the unified version of the former SHARP, a 
commuting program conducted at most agency field centers, and 
SHARP PLUS, a residential program conducted at host 
universities. 

"NASA strives to use its unique resources to heighten 
awareness of the world of mathematics and science for 
students with limited opportunities," said Deborah Glasco, 
NASA's elementary and secondary education program manager. 
"Programs such as this improve our nation's scientific 
literacy and provide motivation for potential future 
scientists and engineers," she said.

Modern Technology Systems Inc. administers NASA SHARP with 
support from the Center for Educational Technologies.

For information about NASA, on the Internet, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov


For information about NASA Education programs on the 
Internet, visit:

http://education.nasa.gov

For a list of NASA SHARP 2003 participants visit:

http://www.mtsibase.com/sharp/Apprenticelist


For information about NASA SHARP on the Internet, visit:

http://www.nasasharp.com/


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