The Out Astronaut Contest is now accepting submissions till Jan. 31.
Out Astronaut is an annual competitors hosted by the Out Astronaut Challenge in partnership with the nonprofit analysis and schooling group Challenge PoSSUM (Polar Suborbital Science within the Higher Mesosphere) “to encourage LGBTQ-identified people within the STEM [Science, Technology, Engineering and Math] fields to share their tales publicly and in doing so create visibility and illustration,” the competition’s web site reads.Challenge PoSSUM, which facilitates higher atmospheric and house expertise analysis, will award the winner of the competition a full scholarship to attend the subsequent Superior PoSSUM Academy on the Florida Institute of Know-how in Melbourne. The scholarship will embrace housing and journey prices.
To use for Out Astronaut, try the competition web site right here.
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The competitors consists of three phases and goals to pick out candidates who’re each part of the LGBTQ neighborhood and concerned in STEM fields to “function function fashions to LGBTQ youth, and turn into representatives of their neighborhood as pioneers of astronautical science,” based on the web site.
Candidates should meet a handful of extra necessities. They should be between 18 and 39 years outdated; be a resident of the U.S., Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean or Central America; have earned a bachelor’s diploma or be presently enrolled in an accredited diploma program; and be capable to acquire a U.S. Federal Aviation Administration Class III Flight Bodily (or equal), based on the web site.
Beforehand, Out Astronaut selected its first winner: 2018 Brooke Owens Fellow Shannon Gatta, an informatics pupil on the College of Washington who identifies as pansexual.
“That is an unimaginable honor to be chosen to be the primary astronaut candidate beneath the Out Astronaut group,” Gatta mentioned about successful in an announcement. “Because of them, I will serve brazenly and with out apology as a queer girl whereas coaching for a analysis mission to house. I plan to indicate the world that figuring out brazenly as LGBTQ+ shouldn’t be seen as a limitation to success, and crossing the frontiers of house will encourage the neighborhood to realize authentically, and for the world to just accept us as we’re.”
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