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Student Support

The NASA Mars Program Office has announced that travel funding will be made available for as many as five students who are U.S. citizens or legal residents, with Mars-related interests, to attend the conference. An application must be submitted by November 15, 2012, to be considered for this funding. NASA Headquarters will make the selections and students will be notified no later than December 13, 2012.

Reimbursable costs include transportation (airfare, mileage to/from airport, parking, rental car) and lodging/per diem allowance. In most cases, actual expenses will exceed the funding provided.

Note:  Students who are depending on travel assistance should not pay the registration fee or make travel arrangements until they have been notified that they have received an award. Failure to comply with this requirement may prohibit reimbursement.

Travel costs up to $900.00 will be reimbursed according to JPL/government-specified allowances. For reference, hotel/per diem rates can be found at www.gsa.gov (see per diem).


  • Students must be U.S. citizens or legal residents.
  • Students must be enrolled at a university at the time of the conference or the semester immediately following the conference (if during break).

Students wishing to apply for this assistance must submit a completed application form to charles.j.budney@jpl.nasa.gov by November 15, 2012.

Interested students with questions are encouraged to contact Charles Budney (Mars Program Office, charles.j.budney@jpl.nasa.gov or 818-354-3981).