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Chaffey College Student Selected to Visit JPL this October

Published on Thursday, September 10, 2015 | 5:00 pm

Suleman Jalal, student of Chaffey College in Rancho Cucamonga has been selected to travel to NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory this fall to participate in the NASA Community College Aerospace Scholars project (NCAS).

Jalal has been selected as one of 160 community college students from across the U.S. to be part of NCAS.

Jalal was selected as a Scholar to participate in an intensive five week online course with NASA. With a score of 99% in the course, he was one of the few selected to move on to participate in a four day event with other top scholars for on-site experience working with JPL engineers at JPL with all travel expenses paid for.

The five-week scholars program culminates with a four-day on-site event at Jet Propulsion Laboratory and offers students the opportunity to interact with JPL engineers and others as they learn more about careers in science and engineering. While at JPL, students form teams and establish fictional companies interested in Mars exploration. Each team is responsible for developing and testing a prototype rover, forming a company infrastructure, managing a budget, and developing communications and outreach.

The on-site experience at JPL includes a tour of facilities and briefings by JPL subject matter experts.

NASA Community College Aerospace Scholars is a project funded by the Minority University Research and Education Program, or MUREP, which is committed to the recruitment of underrepresented and underserved students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) to sustain a diverse workforce.

With this project, JPL continues the agency’s tradition of investing in the nation’s educational programs. It is directly tied to the agency’s major education goal of attracting and retaining students in STEM disciplines critical to NASA’s future missions, which include missions to Mars and beyond.

For additional information, please contact National Community College Aerospace Scholars by email at or by phone at 281-483-0493.

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