Michael BraukusHeadquarters, Washington, D.C.June 21, 1993(Phone: 202/358-1547)RELEASE: 93-117STUDENTS BEGIN NASA LIFE SCIENCES TRAINING PROGRAMForty college students today started an intensive 6-weekSpace Life Sciences Training Program (SLSTP) at NASA's KennedySpace Center, Fla. The summer residence training program is forcollege students interested in life sciences, bioengineering,ecology or related fields.The SLSTP is designed to attract college students towards acareer in space life sciences research. Selected students workwith NASA researchers in planning flight and ground supportexperiments. In addition to offering research experience, thecurriculum includes lectures, tours and special projects toprovide a complete overview of the field of space life sciences.The special project areas this year will involve plant spacebiology, global environment and monitoring of microbes in theshuttle crew water system. The program will be held from June 21through July 31, 1993.The 40 students were competitively selected from 348applicants. Students in the program must be undergraduatesmajoring in science or engineering and have a minimum cumulativegrade point average of 3.0. More than 288 students haveparticipated in the program since its inception in 1985.The students participating in the program are:Cheryl L. Baird, Wharton, N.J.Richard D. Boyce, Yakima, Wash.