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The search for a LAVC JPL Undergraduate Scholarship recipient is open to all LAVC students majoring in a STEM field.  Apply today!

The JPL Undergraduate Scholars (JPLUS) activity was established in 1997 in response to the limited number of community college students applying to and being competitive applicants for local JPL, NASA, and other competitive internship opportunities. The purpose of the activity is to recognize the achievement and potential of community college students in the region by giving them the knowledge, skills, and confidence to become competitive candidates for research internships. JPLUS includes activities and experiences that help students become accustomed to the research environment, explore STEM fields, demystify NASA science and engineering careers, and gain an understanding of the internship process.

JPLUS is by design, small in scale, as the priority has been to serve local two-year institutions within a radius that is practical for regular student participation. Over 300 students from 30 regional community colleges have participated in JPLUS since its inception. For 2016, JPLUS seeks to serve 40 students from partner campuses in Southern California.


• Must be a STEM Major

• Must be a U.S. Citizen or Legal Permanent Resident

• Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA (on a scale of 4.0) or higher

• Must be able to fulfill JPLUS requirements (see below)

• Enrolled in community college for Spring 2016, with plans to continue in community college

   for Fall 2016 OR plans to transfer in Fall 2016 to a four-year institution in Los Angeles,

   Orange, Riverside or San Bernardino counties


Submit the following to Lynda Tovar @ MS 112A by May 27, 2016

• JPLUS Student Information Sheet

• Personal Statement on how preparing for a research internship through JPLUS will align with

  future plans

• Resume

• Most recent transcript available at the time of application (unofficial copy is sufficient)

• STEM Faculty Recommendation

                                            Download "JPLUS Search - Fact Sheet" Below for additional info.

Downloadable Documents

JPLUS Student Information Sheet

JPLUS Search – Fact Sheet

JPL Student Independent Research Intern

The Student Independent Research Intern, or SIRI, program offers academic-term internships at JPL for students enrolled in an independent study course at participating Los Angeles and Orange County area colleges and universities.(See program "requirements" for a list of participating colleges.)

As part of their internships, students are partnered with JPL scientists or engineers, who serve as the students' mentors. Students complete designated projects outlined by their mentors, gaining educational experience in their fields of study while also contributing to NASA and JPL missions and science. Students will also have the opportunity to participate in a number of enrichment activities, including tours, lectures and career advisement, arranged by the JPL Education Office.


- Students majoring in science, engineering or mathematics who are enrolled as undergraduates at the following colleges (subject to change):

- Students must have a faculty sponsor (download instructions for faculty sponsors) at one of the participating colleges who can nominate the student for the program and approve academic credit for the internship. Students may identify their own faculty sponsors or contact JPL Program Coordinator Roslyn Soto to obtain the name of a faculty sponsor for a particular campus.

- Students must receive independent study credit for this experience from their faculty sponsor.

- Minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA

- Open to U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents (LPRs) only

- Students must be over the age of 18

- Students must be available 10 to 15 hours per week during the internship period (approximately one academic term)


- Participants receive course credit. (This is an unpaid internship.)

- Housing and travel allowances are not provided

- Program participants have access to JPL parking facilities for no charge. Public transportation options are also available.

- This program is designed for a one-semester/quarter experience only.

The deadline to apply for Fall 2016 is May 20.

How to Apply:

- Review the list of open opportunities for Fall 2016 (XLSX)

- Download instructions for students (PDF)

- Download instructions for faculty mentors (PDF)

Contact Info:

Program Coordinator:
Roslyn Soto

For general inquiries, contact:
JPL Education Office
(818) 354-1260


Do something for your future TODAY and join the FALL 2016 Session of

NASA Community College Aerospace Scholars.

Scholars learn about NASA space exploration in a 5-week online session beginning summer 2016.  Scholars who successfully complete the web-based activities may be eligible for a 4-day workshop at NASA, where they will:

• Work on a team project directed by NASA engineers
• Attend briefings by NASA engineers and scientists
• Tour NASA facilities
• Open the door to a world of career possibilities at NASA!

Visit the NCAS website for additional details:
and attend one of our upcoming info sessions!
Please contact the NCAS team with additional questions at

Applications due JUNE 1, 2015 by 2pm CST.

    Download NCAS Fall 2016 Recruitment Flyer

Attend an NCAS Information Session

Attend a one-hour online* presentation to learn more about project requirements and benefits. Students and faculty welcome.

To connect to our online session, follow this link When prompted for your name please enter your first and last name and the college you attend. For example: Clark Kent-Smallville Community College.

NCAS Information Sessions are scheduled on the following dates for one (1) hour:

*Download the free Blackboard Collaborate Mobile App from your App store to attend via smartphone or tablet. View the hardware and software pre-requisites for using Blackboard Collaborate





Grant Outline


Los Angeles Valley College was awarded a Title III Accelerated Pathways to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) and Articulation Grant from the U.S. Department of Education, for a total of $ 4.35 million over five years (October 1, 2011 to September 30, 2016).


The grant activities will be geared towards increasing the number of Hispanic and other low-income students obtaining degrees in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics; decrease the amount of time in the mathematics pipeline; increase student interest, success and confidence in math and STEM-related fields; develop model articulation agreements with primary transfer institutions; and use high quality, timely data to improve participation outcomes in order to increase enrollment, persistence and completion in STEM degrees and transfer to four-year institutions.


  1. Redesign of STEM-critical mathematics curricula and development of Summer Bridge programs to decrease the time through the math sequence, increase math success, and the number of STEM degree completers and transfers into baccalaureate STEM programs, particularly among Hispanic and low-income students
  2. Curricular infusion of instructional technology, Supplemental Instruction, collaborative learning, and STEM advising across all mathematics course levels
  3. Development of model articulation/transfer agreements with LAVC's primary transfer institutions, California State University Northridge (CSUN) and California State University Los Angeles (CSULA); development of transfer resources and course-embedded STEM advising
  4. Continuous tracking, analysis and use of high-quality, timely data to improve program participant outcomes in the areas of enrollment, persistence, and completion, to make data-driven decisions and modify project components as needed to ensure the maximum impact of new initiatives
  5. Provide more professional development for faculty members in the use of technology and best practices in Foundational and Pre-Transfer mathematics instruction