SHARP PLUS: A Program of the Education Division of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration Summer High School Apprenticeship Research Program (NASA SHARP PLUS)

The NASA SHARP PLUS Program is no longer administered by the Quality Education for Minorities (QEM) Network. Please visit the webpage for information on NASA Education Programs for students in Grades 9-12.

The QEM Network expresses its sincerest appreciation to the thousands of students, teachers, and parents as well as the 30 host universities and their faculty and staff who helped to make the ten-year period during which QEM developed and administered the SHARP PLUS Program a tremendous success. Since the Program's inception in 1993 through Summer 2002, NASA support enabled QEM to offer 2,348 eight-week, residential SHARP PLUS apprenticeships. Ninety eight (98) percent, or 2,312, of these apprenticeships were successfully completed. We are very proud of this record of accomplishment. Additional details on the ten-year period can be found in the SHARP PLUS Program Overview at the following link

. NASA SHARP PLUS - QEM Network Historical Overview

QEM applauds the student recipients of these apprenticeships as well as the thousands of other eligible students to whom we were unable to offer apprenticeships, due to funding limitations, for their high academic achievement in mathematics and science. We strongly encourage these students to continue to take the most challenging courses and to stay on the pathway to rewarding careers in science and engineering.

Administering the SHARP PLUS Program enabled the QEM SHARP PLUS Program staff to interact with some of the Nation's most talented students from all racial and ethnic backgrounds. Our visits with them at their apprenticeship sites where we learned about their research projects as well as the letters/e-mails of appreciation we continue to receive from former apprentices have made this a truly rewarding experience for the QEM staff. It is reassuring to know that our country's future science and engineering workforce will be enhanced and enriched by these outstanding young people.

Shirley M. McBay
President, QEM Network
August 2002                   BALL Go to Home Page

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