The Minority Innovation Challenges Institute (MICI) provides a virtual training ground to engage minority undergraduate students in spectrum of NASA educational and career opportunities. Participation in such opportunities increases the likelihood that students will (a) complete their STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) degree and (b) transition into the NASA pipeline in terms of an eventual career with NASA or a NASA contractor
The program is open to ANY student currently enrolled at ANY university or college in the United States or its territories. This includes both two and four year schools, as well a graduate programs.
This NASA funded initiative, which is managed by Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University (FAMU), provides a year-round virtual conference platform where students can participate in free interactive educational sessions of their choosing. Sessions focus on:
* How to enter specific NASA technical competitions including rocket launches, robot development, mini-satellite construction, and aviation designs.
* How to enter NASA technical paper competitions
* How to apply for a NASA internship or Co-op
* Discussions with astronauts
* Discussions with scientists and engineers
MICI also hosts Virtual career Fairs which allow students to meet one-on-one via web cam with representatives from NASA and different aerospace companies.
To learn more about MICI explore this site. Students and faculty members who want to access MICI's free content should register now!
In order to successfully compete in a NASA challenge, it is not enough for a University or College to master the technical and engineering obstacles. The team must also raise the funding necessary for equipment, supplies, and travel. MICI has surveyed teams that have been successful in fundraising and is convening a panel of fundraising experts on September 10, 2014 for a live online presentation. Sign up to attend this free event by visiting the Upcoming Sessions page.