Frequently Asked Questions

Application Process (8)

Q: How do I apply to BLAST?
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Complete instructions to apply to BLAST are located on the Application Instructions page.

http://www.blast.spacegrant.org/students/instructions

http://www.blast.spacegrant.org/apply-here

Q: Do I have to be a Virginia resident in order to apply?
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Yes, all applicants must be residents of Virginia.

Q: Do I need to be a rising high school freshman or sophomore to participate in BLAST?
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All students who apply to BLAST should currently be in the 8th or 9th grade, which means by the beginning of the 2017-2018 school year they will be rising freshmen or sophomores. http://www.blast.spacegrant.org/about

Q: How do I upload a copy of my grades as a PDF file?
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If you have a copy of a document that is not in an electronic format, you will need to scan and save the document. With some operating systems, you can save that file as (Save As) a .PDF file. If you do not have that capability, there are several free online programs to allow you to convert the file to a .PDF document. Your school guidance office or computer lab should have a scanner that you may use. Another option is to go to your local library or an office supply store, and they usually offer scanning services for a small fee. If you have problems, ask your teacher or school office for help.
http://www.blast.spacegrant.org/students/instructions

Q: How will I know when my application is complete?
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An email will be sent to the student's email confirming the student's application is complete.

Q: Will I be notified once my teacher submits my recommendation?
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An email will be sent to the teacher as well as the student indicating they recommendation has been submitted. It is the students' responsibility to follow-up with the teacher or counselor to make sure the recommendation is submitted by the required date.

Q: What if I do not receive an email concerning the program by the end of March?
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You may contact the BLAST program using the following email if you do not receive correspondence by the end of March: blast@spacegrant.org

Q: When will I know if I've been officially accepted into the program?
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Official notification will be sent via email by the end of March. You will also receive an official letter after the email to be used for your records.

General Information (3)

Q: What if I have a medical condition that requires I take medicine during the day?
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Just bring your medication with you during the day and please let us know about your requirement on your Medical Release Form that will be sent to you. If you have medicine that needs refrigeration and you must take it during the day, we can make arrangements as long as we know ahead of time.

Q: How are students selected for the summer program?
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Students must complete and submit the online application, provide letter of recommendation, contact information for a teacher or guidance counselor, meet grade criteria, and complete an essay as the application requires. Geographic and demographic diversity are taken into consideration as well as students who have not had previous access to STEM enrichment experiences. Previous BLAST participants are not eligible to apply.

http://www.blast.spacegrant.org/about

Q: Where will I stay during the summer program?
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Students will be housed at a university dormitory and will share a room with another student. All meals will be provided, and you will be chaperoned at all times by licensed Virginia teachers.

http://www.blast.spacegrant.org/about