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SEARCH FOR LAVC JPL Undergraduate Scholar  

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 2015, JPLUS seeks to serve 30 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)


Submit the following to Lynda Tovar @ MS 112A by May 22, 2015

  • 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
  • If chosen, participating students are required to complete the following:
    • JPLUS Orientation at JPL – Friday, June 19th (1:30 to 4:30 pm)
    • JPLUS Workshops at JPL – Fridays, 2pm-4pm (7/17, 8/14, 9/11, 10/23).
    • Workshops will cover topics such as resume building, the preparation of scientific project, plans/proposals, searching for research opportunities, interviewing, careers in STEM and more.
    • JPLUS Student Recognition Event at JPL– Friday, Nov. 20th, 2pm-4:30pm
  • Students are also strongly encouraged to participate in the following optional activities:
    • “Wednesday Seminars” at Cal Tech (June-August, 12-1pm)
    • Whitney Professional Development Seminars at Cal Tech (Tuesdays, June-August, 6:30-7:30pm)
    • Cal Tech SURF Day (student research symposium – Thursday, Aug 20th)
    • JPL Student Speaker Series (Thursdays, June – August, 12 – 1 pm)
    • NASA Community College Aerospace Scholars (NCAS) – Fall/Spring 
    • JPL Open House Weekend – October 10th and 11th (students are encouraged to invite family members, friends, and classmates)

Successful candidate will be informed of selection by June 5, 2015.


For any questions,

please email Dr.Luz Shin or call (818) 947-2393.


PDF Downloads

Student info Sheet

    JPLUS Fact Sheet    




Apply for Fall 2015 NCAS!

NCAS students

LAVC Students! NASA is currently seeking community college STEM majors for its Spring NCAS program!  NCAS participants are engaged in a rich STEM learning experience through interactions with NASA scientists and engineers, web-based activities and a three-day onsite experience at a regional NASA Center.  Community college students from across the nation are chosen to participate through a competitive process. Selected students are U.S. citizens (or LPR in CA) currently pursuing their initial undergraduate degrees at a community college who have an interest and aptitude for mathematics, science, engineering or computer science.


If you are an interested student and meet the following criteria, please apply by the June 24th deadline!:

  • U.S. citizen OR Lawful Permanent Resident (CA students only)
  • High school graduate and at least 18 years of age
  • Must be a registered community college student (at the time of application, and during Fall 2015)
  • Concurrent enrollment or completion of 9+ hours of STEM coursework (can be any courses)
  • Able to commit to a 5 week online session and a four-day onsite experience at a NASA Center
  • Internet access

Apply online:

 * Travel, housing, and meals will be paid by NASA for the four-day experience


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