December 28, 2001

An Open Letter


Dear Community:

I am writing you to solicit your help to attract more underrepresented students to NASA's Summer High School Apprenticeship Research Program (SHARP). (

SHARP is sponsored by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and managed by Modern Technology Systems, Inc. (MTSI). SHARP provides traditionally underrepresented rising high school juniors and seniors with an opportunity to develop and strengthen their research techniques as well as their written and oral communication skills, particularly in the fields of science, mathematics, engineering, technology, and geography (SMETG). NASA's top science professionals, while conducting cutting edge research as well as working on state-of-the-art equipment, mentor qualified students selected to participate in SHARP.

To be eligible for the Program, the student must be a U.S. citizen, at least sixteen (16) years of age by the start of the Program in June, and be a permanent resident, living and attending a school within a 50-mile radius of a participating NASA Field Installation. The SHARP research experience is offered at twelve participating NASA Field Installations across the United States.

As MTSI prepares for its year 2002 SHARP promotion and recruitment campaign, we would appreciate any assistance that you could provide in helping us get the word to underrepresented students.

For more information, please visit our web site at If you need additional information, please contact me at 301-985-5191.

For high school students living more than 50 miles from a NASA Field Installation, our sister program, SHARP PLUS, can assist. SHARP PLUS is a university residency program with the same goals as SHARP. Once accepted into the program, students have transportation paid plus a salary to perform research for eight weeks in the summer at one of ten major universities in the United States. The program is managed by the Quality Education for Minorities (QEM) in Washington, DC. The web site for SHARP PLUS is

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James M. Strandquist

NASA SHARP Program Manager

Modern Technology Systems, Inc.