Climate Change Research Initiative (CCRI)

The NASA GISS Climate Change Research Initiative — CCRI — is a summer internship opportunity for high school and undergraduate students as well as a year-long STEM engagement opportunity for educators and graduate students. Students and educators work directly with NASA scientists on NASA research projects associated with the science related to climate change.

Academic Year Component
During the fall and spring term of CCRI, the research team will consist of NASA Principal Investigators who will lead graduate level interns and high school educators to become immersed in a NASA science research area of study related to climate change. During the spring semester the graduate level intern and high school educator will continue to perform NASA research. Additionally, the high school STEM educator will develop an Applied Research STEM Curriculum Unit Portfolio, which will integrate components of their research into a comprehensive unit plan that utilizes NASA education resources while aligning instruction of NASA Science and STEM curriculum to the Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards.

Summer Research Institute Component
During the summer session the primary research team will add an undergraduate intern and high school intern to the CCRI research team. The high school intern works for 40 hours per week for a period of six weeks and the undergraduate student works full time for eight weeks to complete the research project. The team will work collaboratively on a full time basis to complete the research project, finishing with a PowerPoint presentation and a scientific poster that will be presented at the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies and the CUNY CREST Summer STEM Symposium. The final symposium will include participants from other government agencies, such as the National Science Foundation (NSF), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the United States Department of Education (USDE) and the United States Department of Defense (DoD).