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Academic Initiative

2022 Revolutionary Aerospace Systems Concepts – Academic Linkage (RASC-AL) Competition

  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
  • RASC-AL is managed by the National Institute of Aerospace on behalf of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
  • 03/01/2022
  • https://rascal.nianet.org

Program Overview

Program Benefits

  • In FY22, 13-15 teams may be chosen to compete at the RASC-AL Forum in Cocoa Beach, Florida. Each team will receive a monetary award to facilitate full participation in the RASC-AL Forum. The teams with the top two winning papers will be invited to present their design projects to industry experts at a major aerospace conference, such as 2022 ASCEND (additional travel stipends provided).

Program Contact

  • rascal@nianet.org


  • Southeast
  • United States
  • 1100 Exploration Way, Hampton, VA 23666, USA

Type Of Program


  • Collegiate

  • Faculty

  • Graduate


  • Aerospace Engineering




Research, Roles & Responsibilities

Research Components

  • Funding to attend professional development sessions/coursework

  • Stipend/compensation

Identity & Inclusion

  • RASC-AL projects allow students to incorporate their coursework into real aerospace design concepts and work together in a team environment.
  • n/a

Diversity Groups (Social Identity)

  • N/A

Race/Ethnic Minority Group

  • African American/Black

  • Alaska Natives

  • Asian American

  • European American/White

  • Hispanic/Latino

  • Native American

  • Native Hawaiians

  • Other

  • Pacific Islander

Inclusionary Practices/Activities

  • Development Of Academic Sense Of Belongingness (E.G. Meetings With Doctoral Scholars, Peer Researchers, Exchanges At Academic Conferences)


Mentoring Components

  • Mentees Are Shown Academic Customs, Pitfalls, Departmental Politics And Taboos

  • Mentors Exchange Social Displays Of Scientific Knowledge And Practices

  • Mentors Provide Mentees With Access To Academic Resources

  • Mentors Provide Support With Academic Or Discipline Specific Knowledge Through Direct Teaching

Empowering Activities

  • Academic Recognition (I.E. Research Credibility, Prestige)

  • Feeder Pathways

  • Publication Opportunities


Key Performance Indicators


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