National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program

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The space-grant colleges are educational institutions in the United States that comprise a network of 52 consortia formed for the purpose of outer space-related research.[1] Each consortium is based in one of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, or Puerto Rico, and each consists of multiple independent space-grant institutions, with one of the institutions acting as the lead.

Similar programs include land-grant colleges (instituted in 1862), sea-grant colleges (instituted in 1966), and sun-grant colleges (instituted in 2003). Unlike in the land-grant program, no economic rights to outer space have been granted in the space-grant program, only money.

Objectives

The program claims the following objectives:[2]

History

The National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program was established in 1988 by the US Congress following the success of similar scholarship opportunities in the oceanic Sea Grant and agricultural Land Grant fields. The catch-all term, “Space Grant” refers back to these previous federal programs. In 1989, the program was given over to NASA, which now administers in the same way that Sea Grant is administered by NOAA. The first meeting of the National Council of Space Grant Directors took place from January 16, 1990 to January 19, 1990 at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Columbia, Maryland [3]. In 2011, an effort was made to begin collecting the history of the council.[4]

Programs

Building Leaders for Advancing Science and Technology (BLAST) BLAST is a three-day summer event that takes place at Virginia’s Old Dominion University. This free, STEM-centered event, is available to 8th and 9th graders with a 2.3 GPA or better [5] BLAST’s purpose is to show the students the interesting aspects of STEM to those who are unsure whether they want to be involved STEM or not.

Nationwide Eclipse Ballooning Project The NEBP is a high-altitude, balloon launching program. [6].

eXploration Systems and Habitation (X- Hab) 2019 Academic Innovation Challenge The eXploration Systems and Habitation (X-Hab) challenge seeks better the academic and technological abilities of university students. It utilizes hands-on training in the implementation of space habitats for deep space missions [7]. There is an Advanced Exploration Systems (AES) Division where university students can compete to win awards worth $15k-$50k for a functional design that the AES finds useful and, or, interesting [8].

John Mather Nobel Scholars Established in 2008, the John Mather Nobel Scholars is a scholarship program open to NASA-Goddard Space Flight [9]. The program provides $3,000 so that a chosen participant can share their research paper with NASA professionals. To be a part of this program, a GPA of 3.5 or higher is necessary along with being a junior or higher.

NASA KSC Higher Education Support Services The NASA/Kennedy Space Center Higher Education Support Services supports college grade Higher Education competitions [10]. Such competitions entail internships, senior design projects, and selective grants.

National Space Grant Distinguished Service Award The National Space Grant Distinguished Service Award was created by Josh Simpson and is awarded to students who will have an impact in a STEM field related to NASA’s mission/goals [11].

Space Grant Support Services The goal of the Space Grant Support Services is to better the Space Grant network. The Space Grant Support Services supports the Space Grant network in many different ways from an economical view to a public view [12] .

Space Systems Engineering Website The Space Systems Engineering Website is a free, six-week, online course that allows students to work and learn with NASA’s engineers [13]. Course materials will always be accessible and students are able to use the learned resources in any way they please.

Virginia Aerospace Science and Technology Program The Virginia Aerospace Science and Technology Program is a one week, online, STEM summer program. The program focuses on NASA-related research provided by NASA’s STEM professionals [14].

Virginia Commonwealth STEM Industry Internship Program (CSIIP) The Virginia Commonwealth STEM Industry Internship Program or CSIIP, provides an online internship application system for STEM majors [15]. This was done for the people to meet the increasing demand for citizens with STEM majors.

Virginia Earth System Science Scholars The Virginia Earth System Science Scholars is a STEM-centered program where participants participate with NASA’s professional researchers [16] The Virginia Space Coast Scholars (VSCS) program is an online, week long, STEM-centered program that focuses on the study of NASA’s missions [17].

William A Hiscock Space Grant Scholarship Fund The William A Hiscock Space Grant Scholarship Fund was created “in memory of William Hiscock, the former director of the Montana Space Grant” [18]. Due to his efforts, many NASA ballooning centered programs were created [19].

Participating institutions

As of 2002, there are over 850 participating institutions.[20]

See also

Notes

  1. ^ "NASA Space Grant Program". Retrieved 12 February 2014. 
  2. ^ National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program(Space Grant) 2010-2014. Retrieved March 24, 2014.
  3. ^ http://national.spacegrant.org/index.php?page=history [1], National Council of NASA Space Grant Directors.
  4. ^ https://ntrs.nasa.gov/archive/nasa/casi.ntrs.nasa.gov/19960014626.pdf [2], NASA.
  5. ^ http://blast.spacegrant.org[3], Building Leaders For Advancing Science and Technology.
  6. ^ https://www.spacegrant.org/ballooning[4], Donate To the Nationwide Eclipse Ballooning Project.
  7. ^ https://www.spacegrant.org/xhab[5], Select Exploration Systems and Habitation (x-hab) 2019 Academic Innovation Challenge.
  8. ^ https://www.spacegrant.org/xhab[6], Select Exploration Systems and Habitation (x-hab) 2019 Academic Innovation Challenge.
  9. ^ https://www.spacegrant.org/mather[7], John Mather Nobel Scholars.
  10. ^ https://www.spacegrant.org/programs[8], Foundation Programs.
  11. ^ https://www.spacegrant.org/nsgdsa[9], Select National Space Grant Distinguished Service Award.
  12. ^ https://www.spacegrant.org/services[10], Space Grant Support Services.
  13. ^ https://spacese.spacegrant.org[11], Space Systems Engineering - Home.
  14. ^ http://vsgc.odu.edu/VASTS/[12], Virginia Aerospace Science and Technology Scholars (vasts).
  15. ^ https://www.spacegrant.org/programs[13], Foundation Programs.
  16. ^ http://vsgc.odu.edu/VESSS/[14], Virginia Space Coast Scholars.
  17. ^ http://vscs.spacegrant.org[15], Virginia Space Grant Scholars.
  18. ^ https://www.spacegrant.org/programs[16], Foundation Programs.
  19. ^ https://www.spacegrant.org/hiscock[17], William A Hiscock Space Grant Scholarship Fund
  20. ^ "Space Grant Program". Retrieved 12 February 2014. 
  21. ^ "Alabama Space Grant Consortium". 
  22. ^ "Arizona Space Grant Consortium". Retrieved 12 February 2014. 
  23. ^ "Arkansas Space Grant Consortium". Retrieved 12 February 2014. 
  24. ^ California Space Grant Consortium » Affiliates. Casgc.ucsd.edu. Retrieved on 2013-07-15.
  25. ^ "Colorado Space Grant Consortium". Retrieved 12 February 2014. 
  26. ^ Connecticut Space Grant Consortium. Retrieved February 12, 2014.
  27. ^ "Florida Space Grant Consortium". Retrieved 12 February 2014. 
  28. ^ "Idaho Space Grant Consortium". Retrieved 12 February 2014. 
  29. ^ Engaging STEM Education for the State of Indiana. INSGC (2013-06-07). Retrieved on 2013-07-15.
  30. ^ NASA Kentucky – Space Grant Consortium and EPSCoR Programs | NASA Kentucky website. Nasa.engr.uky.edu. Retrieved on 2013-07-15.
  31. ^ Maine Space Grant Consortium. www.msgc.org (2015-03-02). Retrieved on 2015-03-02.
  32. ^ Maryland Space Grant Consortium. Md.spacegrant.org (2012-05-15). Retrieved on 2013-07-15.
  33. ^ "Member Institutions". Mississippi Space Grant Consortium. Retrieved 2015-05-21. 
  34. ^ Missouri Space Grant Consortium-Associates and Affiliates Page Retrieved on 2016-01-11
  35. ^ http://njsgc.rutgers.edu New Jersey Space Grant Consortium
  36. ^ New Mexico Space Grant – Home | New Mexico Space Grant Consortium homepage. www.nmspacegrant.com. Retrieved on 2013-12-05.
  37. ^ "New York NASA Space Grant Consortium". Retrieved 12 February 2014. 
  38. ^ "Ohio Space Grant Consortium". Retrieved 12 February 2014. 
  39. ^ "Rhode Island Space Grant Consortium". Retrieved 12 February 2014. 
  40. ^ Utah Space Grant Consortium. www.utahspacegrant.com. Retrieved on 2014-02-12.

External links

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