Scholarships and Awards


Congratulations to Arash Darafsheh recipient of the NASA LARSS Scholarship!

Arash Darafsheh

Arash Darafsheh joined the Ph.D. program in Optical Science and Engineering at the UNC Charlotte in 2008 and joined Mesophotonics Lab directed by Prof. Vasily Astratov in summer of 2009. His research interests include microscopy, spectroscopy, and numerical modeling of photonic structures and devices. During the 2010-2012 period, he co-authored 3 journal articles published in Applied Physics Letters, Optics Letters, and Optics Express. He is also a co-author of 12 referred proceedings of international conferences such as CLEO, Photonics West, and ICTON.

The NASA LARSS Scholarship


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Home of the Langley Aerospace Research Student Scholars (LARSS) program.

The Langley Aerospace Research Student Scholars (LARSS) Program is a paid, unique, highly competitive, year round (3 sessions -- fall, spring, and summer) research internship program for undergraduate and graduate students pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). For 25 years, the LARSS program and the NASA Langley Research Center have helped preserve U.S. leadership in engineering and science by providing exceptional students the opportunity to work with Langley researchers on some of the Nation’s most important, difficult, and challenging problems that require multi-disciplinary and collaborative solutions. LARSS is also a nationally ranked internship program. In 2011, the staff of Vault-Career Intelligence reviewed over 800 national internships and named LARSS one of its top 10 best internship programs. Eligibility requirements include U.S. citizenship; full-time student status at an accredited U.S. college or university; classification as a rising undergraduate junior or senior, or graduate student (master’s or doctoral level) by the start of the summer session; and a cumulative 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale.

The 10-week summer session begins on Monday, June 4, and ends Friday, August 10, 2012. Students participate in a variety of tours, lectures, and social events designed to achieve the “outcomes” established for the LARSS program. The summer session culminates with students presenting the results of their research in a variety of forums to various audiences.