Climate Change Research Initiative for Educators

Climate Change Research Initiative
The NASA GISS Climate Change Research Initiative (CCRI) is a year-long STEM engagement opportunity for STEM educators to work directly with NASA scientists, lead research teams, and develop STEM curricula for their current classes. Educators participating in this opportunity will become associate researchers at the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies and STEM education experts who will integrate NASA education resources and content into their classrooms while improving STEM education within their communities.
During the fall and spring terms of CCRI, the research team will consist of NASA Principal Investigators who will lead graduate level interns and high school educators to become immersed in a NASA science research area related to climate change. High school and undergraduate students will join the teams during the summer session.
Participating high school STEM educators will develop an Applied Research STEM Curriculum Unit Portfolio that integrates components of their research into a comprehensive unit plan that utilizes NASA education resources and aligns NASA Science and STEM curricula to the Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards. The teachers will then incorporate the STEM curriculum into their classrooms and also provide community outreach STEM engagement events related to their NASA research study. The fall and spring term will not conflict with the educators’ primary schedule, roles or responsibilities at their school sites.
For graduate student interns, this opportunity will not conflict with coursework and class schedules during the fall and spring. It is considered to be a part-time position that supports the graduate student’s major area of study that will not exceed 10 hours per week
During the summer session, the primary research team will add an undergraduate intern and high school intern to the CCRI research team. The entire team will work collaboratively on a full-time basis to complete the research project, deliver a PowerPoint presentation, and create a scientific poster that will be presented at the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies and the CUNY CREST Summer STEM Symposium. The final symposium will include participants from other government agencies, such as the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the United States Department of Education (USDE), and the United States Department of Defense (DoD).
CCRI Research Opportunities for 2017-2018
I. Volcanoes Impact Climate on Local to Global Scale Through Their Emissions
Location: NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies
Dr. Allegra LeGrande
II. Climate Change in the Hudson Estuary — Past, Present, and Future
Location: Columbia Univ. Lamont–Doherty Earth Observatory (Palisades, NY) and NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies
Dr. Dorothy Peteet
III. West African Monsoon Climate Modeling
Location: NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies
Dr. Matthew Fulakeza
IV. Urban Climate Adaptation Research: New Technologies, Materials & Thinking
Location: NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies
Dr. Stuart Gaffin
Applicants should reside within a 50-mile radius of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, located at 2880 Broadway, New York, NY 10025.
Educators:: Please submit the following materials in your application to Mr. Matthew Pearce at the address listed below:
+ Completed application form.
+ Resumé including cover letter and curriculum vitae. Also, indicate the research opportunities for which you would like to be considered.
+ Two letters of recommendation from a supervisor (Principal, Assistant Principal, Department Chair).
+ Copy of State or Federal Photo ID
Educator applicants must be currently employed as full time STEM educators and also be US citizens in order to participate in this opportunity. The closing date for applications is September 21, 2017.
For more information, please dowload and read the educator recruitment posting (PDF).
Graduate Students: To review specific details about the research opportunity and to submit applications, visit the NASA OSSI: One Stop Shopping Initiative website at (On the OSSI site, click on the Search Opportunities tab and select GISS in the Center/Facility location field.)
Grad student applicants must be currently enrolled in a graduate level program of study or higher that aligns with the research project they are applying to. Travel, housing and relocation expenses are not provided.
Applications are evaluated upon receipt, and applicants are encouraged to apply early. The closing date for applications is September 21, 2017.
For more information, please download and read the grad srtudent recruitment posting (PDF).
High School and Undergraduate Students: Application information for high school and undergraduate student interns to participate in the CCRI summer 2018 session will be posted on the NASA OSSI website when it becomes available during winter 2017-18.
Please address all inquiries about the Climate Change Research Initiative to:
Matthew Pearce
Education Program Specialist
NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies
2880 Broadway
New York, NY 10025

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