From Student to Scientist
DEVELOP fosters the next generation of leaders and Earth observation users by building their capacity to address environmental and policy concerns through the practical use of NASA Earth observations.
DEVELOP is part of the Capacity Building program area. While it began as a student internship program at NASA, it has grown into a nationwide program that engages over 250 participants and 100 partner organizations every year. (While the name DEVELOP is written in uppercase letters, it’s not an acronym — it’s a proper name that showcases its purpose in developing new scientists.)
After a competitive application process, participants are placed on interdisciplinary teams to conduct research projects under the guidance of a mentor at NASA or a partner organization. These projects partner with organizations that have an interest in integrating Earth observations into their decision making process. Projects cover applications in disasters, food security & agriculture, ecological forecasting, energy, health & air quality, urban development, transportation & infrastructure and water resources.
DEVELOP projects bridge the gap between NASA’s Earth science data and society, addressing environmental concerns and enhancing decision-making to improve life here on Earth.