Tuesday, May 15, 2012

End of an adventure...

Woke up this morning to the following email: 
Dear HI-SEAS applicant,

I am sorry to say you have not been selected to be on the first HI-SEAS crew. Frankly, all of the interviewees were very highly qualified, and all would have made excellent crewmembers. Our final selection was driven by the need for a range of backgrounds and skill sets – and even so, it was a very difficult decision to make. We would be delighted if you would let us keep your data on file for future missions.

If you would like your project to be considered for the “opportunistic research” project pool, please send me a 1-2 page description (cut-and-pasted from your application is fine).

Also, if you have applied to be a NASA Astronaut candidate this year, and would like feedback on your HI-SEAS application and interview, I’d be happy to chat on the phone, with the caveat that it might not be all that helpful or relevant.

Thanks again for applying, and I hope to work with you in the future.

Have sat here for about five minutes thinking about what I want to say, and the only quote that came come to mind is "Well that sucks." When I first applied I certainly thought I had a good chance of being selected due to my wide ranging background and my experiment.

Of the 90-odd job applications I've sent this semester and been rejected for, this one certainly hurts the most. There seemed to be no better time in my life to go on an adventure like this that requires so much time off than right after I get out of school and am unemployed.

Unfortunately it appears the other applicants were more qualified. I would wager the others had more professional experience, or had experiments backed by larger Universities / organizations. Though for someone to have a wider range of backgrounds and skill-sets than me, they would need to be a real life MacGyver.

Those two points (limited professional experience and lack of independent funding) were the major weaknesses in my application. I also had 1-2 weak answers in my interview, as mentioned in my blog post on that subject.

I will submit my experiment to HISEAS for further consideration, but being unemployed at the moment there is little chance I can fund-raise the money to go out to Hawaii to run it without being a crew member.

Back to applying for full time jobs...


  1. Seems like one of the crew members is this journalist (according to her Twitter feed):

  2. Morning, Josh.

    I got the same email. However, this would not really have been a resume builder for me. I'm a little beyond that. It would have been really cool, though.

    All the best.


  3. Ah, sorry about that. I was looking forward to following your progress through the study. I share your frustration. I too, have a very diverse scientific and life experience background, but am not "attached" to any organization since I retired. I had hoped to be the scientific journalist on this "mission".

    1. Terry,

      They seem to have picked Kate Greene as the crew journalist. She's an ex-editor for the MIT Technology review, and "contributor" to several other publications.

      I'm slightly disappointed that they picked someone who has not written a single blog, tweet, or article about HI-SEAS during the application process. First mention of @Hi_Seas on her Twitter feed was her announcement that she was selected.

      And she has a very low number of Twitter followers for a Journalist:

  4. Good luck on future endeavors Josh, they are missing out on a very capable crew member, you. Stay motivated!


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