SNU receives NASA grant from Oklahoma Space Grant Consortium

Once again, Southern Nazarene University (SNU) has been granted several thousand dollars for the 2007-08 school year to assist current students interested in aerospace-related careers in industry or government.

“Seven years ago, through the leadership and advocacy of SNU math professor, Dr. Kenny Wantz, SNU became the only private university affiliate member among Oklahoma state universities to be involved in a NASA Spacegrant Consortium and Workforce Development, chaired by its State Director, Dr. Victoria Duca-Snowden of the University of Oklahoma in Norman,” said Miriam Key, Director of the SNU Career Services Office.

The money will be awarded through student fellowships and internship arrangements which satisfy the following criteria as outlined in the Oklahoma NASA Consortium’s proposal:

“The Aerospace Workforce Development awards will be targeted for experiential activities that will help students make a seamless transition into the workforce: internships, site visits to companies in which they may have a demonstrated interest, visits to NASA Centers, or other activities defined by the affiliates that will motivate diverse students to pursue degrees that will support NASA’s workforce requirements.”

Additionally, a small portion of the funds will go to SNU’s Career Services personnel for site visits to industry and/or NASA sites in order to more ably inform and channel students who are interested in locating internships, summer employment opportunities, or a career in the aeronautical industry.

The funds received from the Oklahoma NASA Space Grant Consortium for this program are available to ALL MAJORS and are not limited to science and technology fields.

For more information, contact Miriam Key, Career Services Director, at 405.717.6226 or by e-mail: mrkey@snu.edu.