Students can get dose of space medicine research in NSBRI Summer Internship Program

Application period for 2013 program closes Dec. 31, 2012

HOUSTON – The National Space Biomedical Research Institute (NSBRI) is accepting applications for its 2013 Summer Internship Program. This unique program places college students in NASA laboratories working with scientists on research projects focused on protecting astronaut health during spaceflight.

The NSBRI-sponsored program gives selected students an opportunity to spend nine weeks in laboratories at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Glenn Research Center in Cleveland or Ames Research Center at Moffett Field, Calif. In addition to the laboratory work, interns participate in a week-long Summer Bioastronautics Institute at NSBRI Headquarters in Houston. The Summer Bioastronautics Institute offers workshops focusing specifically on the enhancement of research, presentation and mentoring skills.

“Through the NSBRI Summer Internship Program, students are immersed in the world of biomedical research for long-duration spaceflight,” said Dr. Jeffrey P. Sutton, NSBRI president and CEO. “Interns gain valuable hands-on research experience and knowledge while working side-by-side with NSBRI scientists, engineers and physicians. They also attend education sessions that augment their other studies and help prepare them for their future careers.”

The deadline for the NSBRI Summer Internship program, which is managed by Baylor College of Medicine’s Center for Educational Outreach, is Dec. 31, 2012
General information, program requirements and the application are available at

More than 170 students have participated in this highly competitive program since its inception in 1998.

NSBRI, funded by NASA, is a consortium of institutions studying the health risks related to long-duration spaceflight. The Institute’s science, technology and education projects take place at more than 60 institutions across the United States. NSBRI projects address space health concerns, which include bone and muscle loss, cardiovascular changes, radiation exposure, neurobehavioral and psychosocial factors, remote medical care and research, and habitability and performance issues. Research findings also impact the understanding and treatment of similar medical conditions experienced on Earth.


Brad Thomas