You may enter your application anytime before the contest deadline of 1 September 2020; however, it is recommended to submit your application by 1 August since the voting period will be enabled then. To submit your application, please enter the following information below:
The Out Astronaut Contest is open to those who identify as part of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) community and are involved in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields. We are looking for individuals who openly embrace their role in the LGBTQ community and want to serve as role models to LGBTQ youth and become representatives of their community as pioneers of astronautical science. Contestants shall also meet the following requirements:
Project PoSSUM has committed a full scholarship for one individual’s tuition to attend the Advanced PoSSUM Academy this September 2020, including lodging and round-trip flight and other travel costs for winning candidate. All finalists will receive an Out Astronaut Project T-Shirt and a Project PoSSUM Scientist-Astronaut Manual. The award winner will receive an all-expense paid trip to attend the September 2020 Advanced PoSSUM Academy Program at Florida Tech in Melbourne, Florida.
Determining the 12 Phase One Finalists: The initial 12 finalists will be determined through a social media contest where your peers will vote on the merit of your video submission. If 12 submissions are not received by 1 August 2020, an alternate selection process will be implemented.
Determining the Contest Winner: the Out Astronaut Project Executive Team and LGBT Advisory Committee will decide the winning contestant based an assessment of the contestants through 1) a personal interview, 2) their experiment design for a Project PoSSUM research campaign, 3) results of public voting contest, and 4) a video submission.