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Arizona Space Grant Consortium Space Grant Opportunities in NASA STEM The NASA Space Grant Program, which is part of the NASA Education Office, supports internships, scholarships and fellowships for STEM students in all 50 states. Our mission is to expand opportunities for Americans to learn about and participate in NASAs programs by supporting and enhancing science and engineering education, research and public programs in Earth and aerospacerelated fields. The Arizona Space Grant Program is administered through the , with support to UoA, ASU, Northern Arizona University, Embry Riddle Aeronautical University as well as Dine College, South Mountain, Glendale Community and Pima Community Colleges. Tom Sharp is an Associate Director of the AZ Space Grant Program at ASU and Co-I on the proposal. Steering Committee member Jenifer Kitchen will also serve as co-I, sharing 50% recognition with Prof. Sharp At ASU, we have used our resources to support undergraduate internships and graduate fellowships as well as groups engineering projects through our research infrastructure program. Our undergraduate interns are selected by our steering committee and most are engaged in ASU research projects in a variety of STEM fields. Typically, we have funding to support ~ 28 undergraduate internships, but we expand our internship support to ~ 50 by split funding students on sponsored projects. Interns work approximately 10 hours per week on their research projects and 20 hours per year on informal education and public outreach projects such as supporting ASU outreach activities. We also support interns to lead group engineering projects, such as ASCEND high altitude balloon satellites, Space Grant Robotics, Daedalus Astronautics, and the Sun Devil Satellite Lab. Interns present the results of their research at a poster session in February and our statewide annual symposium in April. We have also supported our undergraduates to participate in summer internships at NASA centers and with local industries. Graduate fellows are supported to develop and deploy education and outreach activities to promote science and engineering in local schools and the community. Fellows receive a semester stipend of $9k (going to $9.6k), a full tuition waiver and health care. Our fellows have been involved in activities ranging from development and deployment of science curriculum at a youth camp, to developing a web-based system for providing science teaching content centered around current events. Additional funds support the activities of our engineering groups with an equipment budget and travel support for competitions. Additional funds are used for mini grants to help underrepresented student groups get more involved in Space Grant and NASA research. Our program coordinator is Candace Jackson (1.0 FTE) and her administrative assistant (specialist) is Michelle Tanaka (0.5FTE). The associate director primarily leads meetings, events and recruiting efforts. This generally includes speaking about the program at ASU clubs and student organizations as well as in classrooms and faculty meetings. The impact of our program has been great because we engage a large number of students. 95% of AZSGC undergraduates complete their degree programs and 91% go on to NASA, aerospace, STEM academic or STEM workforce positions. 2018 Arizona Space Grant Consortium Arizona Space Grant College Consortium Arizona Space Grant College Consortium- 2019-20 Augmentation
Effective start/end date4/23/1510/22/21


  • NASA: Goddard Space Flight Center: $859,525.00


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