Nineteen Maryland students were competitively selected to participate in the prestigious NASA Goddard High school Internship Program (HIP) at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md.

HIP is a research intensive program that allows interns to explore “real- time” applications of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines. By the end of the summer, interns will complete eight weeks worth of research on a project related to NASA’s goals and deliver an oral technical presentation where they will share the results of their research with NASA management, personnel and fellow interns.

Each HIP student is assigned a NASA scientist or engineer as a mentor and assists the mentor with his or her current project. The interns conduct research and use data for the projects, and the mentors guide the students and help them learn as much as possible from their experience at NASA Goddard.

For example, this year, some students test web interfaces to allow access to data and models.

The eight-week program runs from June 26 through Aug. 18.

“It is critical for the Center to maintain programs that will allow students prior to entering college to be exposed to NASA research activities,” said Dr. Dillard Menchan, for NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. “This affords the Center the opportunity to influence the academic choices of participants.”

With this program, NASA continues the agency’s tradition of investing in the nation’s education programs. It is directly tied to the agency’s major education goal of attracting and retaining students in STEM disciplines. To compete effectively for the minds, imaginations and career ambitions of America’s young people, NASA is focused on engaging and retaining students in STEM education programs to encourage their pursuit of educational disciplines critical to NASA’s future engineering, scientific and technical missions.