What Is INSGC?

Indiana Space Grant Consortium is one of the 52 Consortia part of the National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program. In the state of Indiana, INSGC is a source of NASA-related information, awards and programs.

The consortium works to carry out education, research, and public outreach activities in science, mathematics, engineering, and technology (STEM) related to space, aeronautics, aviation, and Earth system science, all while advocating increased financial and government support for Space Grant Consortia.

Consisting of 26 different affiliates including colleges, universities, businesses, and other private and public sector institutions, INSGC promotes aerospace education and career training by

    1. Supporting STEM students through various scholarship, internship and fellowship opportunities
    2. Assisting faculty and students in their development of skills in STEM related fields
    3. Offering experiential training aligned with NASA Strategic Enterprises, and
    4. Inspiring public interest in aerospace-related disciplines and lifelong learning through partnerships with educators at all levels...

NASA Prepares for First Helicopter Flight Test on Mars

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  • The flight is scheduled to be sometime next week. April 19th - 24th. You will be able to click a link right here to watch the flight live. Check back in once the official flight date is set into place.

OSTEM Highlights 2020

Hey, #Artemis Generation!

We are now one-month away from our summer 2021 application deadline!

If you haven't applied yet, check out the NASA twitter page or you can view the internships online.

Remember, each session you're allowed to apply up to 15 projects!

Here's why the Space Grant is important!

ANNOUNCEMENT!

2021-22 Indiana Space Grant Consortium Fellowship Awardees

  • G. Burrell (M) PFW
  • B. Kimesey-Miller (M) IU
  • I. Marrs (M) IU
  • C. Toorongian (M) PNW

 

  • E. Beilke (PhD) ISU
  • R. Salvador (PhD) PU
  • L. Organski (PhD) PU
  • A. Meyer (PhD) PU
  • A. Depoian-Baxter (PhD) PU
  • M. Smith (PhD) IU
  • L. Gray (PhD) IU

NASA Glenn Research Center 80th Anniversary

  • NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland is celebrating its 80th anniversary with dozens of virtual activities and events for students from kindergarten through 12th grade.

 

  • The Glenn Office of STEM Engagement launched a website that features 80 hands-on activities that teach science, technology, engineering and math under three themes: aeronautics, space and research and engineering, according to a news release from the center. Some of the experiments include designing a lunar habitat, programming a rover, and making paper aircraft.

 

  • Students in grades four to 12 have until March 31 to submit an essay on one of three topics: Glenn’s missions, people or future, the release states. Winners will have the chance to participate in a virtual recognition event, a virtual Q&A session with STEM professionals and virtual facility tours.

    Virtual GLENN Research Events

    April 16 from 10 a.m. to noon

    High school students, grades nine to 12, are invited to virtually explore career opportunities in STEM as well as business. The event features scientists and engineers working in STEM fields at NASA, virtual STEM activities, and virtual facility tours.

    May 13 or 14 from 10 a.m. to noon

    Middle school students, grades six to eight, are invited to TECH Day to learn about the different aspects of engineering. TECH Day features a virtual tour by NASA engineers and participation in a live STEM activity.

    Girls In STEM

    July 16 from 10 a.m. to noon

    Middle school students, grades six to eight, are invited for an opportunity to see women excelling in STEM careers. This event features a virtual tour, an online presentation from a female engineer, and participation in a live STEM activity.

    Aviation Day

    August 26 from 10 a.m. to noon

    Students, grades six to 12 are invited to learn about aviation exploration. This event features a virtual tour of a NASA laboratory, a presentation from a NASA scientist or engineer, and a live STEM activity.

Axiom Space announces Axiom STARS: Axiom Space Technology And Research Scholarship

Three $1,000 scholarships will be awarded.

Learn more here: https://www.axiomspace.com/news/axiom-space-announces-stars-scholarship

Axiom Space is building the first-ever commercial space station, which will launch into Low Earth Orbit in 2024 and serve as a state-of-the-art orbital laboratory for conducting research, manufacturing products, and capturing Earth observation data.

This makes us wonder how the space-based platforms like Axiom Station will change our lives.

Why space? Because there is no place on Earth where prolonged exposure to weightlessness is possible. This can occur only in space, in a fast-moving spacecraft in freefall. On Earth, all organisms are under the influence of gravity for their entire lives. But, when the effect of gravity is eliminated, behavior of biological systems is altered at even the most fundamental level, the gene, in all living organisms (for example animals, plants, yeast, bacteria, viruses).

How will you use the microgravity platform to understand biology or cure disease?

When you take gravity out of the equation, the physical properties of materials change. While on Earth, objects fall to the ground or heavier materials sink to the bottom of a container due to gravity. But, in a weightless environment, materials mix more evenly.

What new material will you create or discover as a result of lack of gravity?

How will the weightless environment inspire you to re-design everyday things you might take for granted on Earth (like a coffee cup, a hot shower, a washing machine, or oven-baked cookies)?

What will you discover in the unique space environment?

What inventions will those discoveries lead to?

Axiom Space is supporting ASGSR in its mission to encourage exchange of ideas by bringing together a diverse group of individuals to translate basic research into applied technologies for space. All this so that we can build a thriving home for humanity in space.

The Axiom Space STARS Scholarship will open in April 2021.

In the meantime, RSVP to express your interest in Axiom STARS.

We’ll send you an email when the application launches on April 1.
Start thinking about a space-based entrepreneurial idea.

Anyone is welcome to submit an entrepreneurial idea. However, to be eligible to receive the scholarship prize, you must confirm:

  • You are at least 18 years of age and an undergraduate or graduate student enrolled in a degree program in November 2021.
  • Your proposal is original. You developed the concept and authored the proposal.
  • You are a member of ASGSR in good standing.
  • You are a citizen of the world (US citizenship is not a requirement).
  • You are Visionary. Imaginative. Passionate.

*If the ASGSR membership fee is prohibitive due to financial hardship, contact us at stars@axiomspace.com

Axiom

2021 Seed Grant Call Proposals

Space@Hopkins is happy to announce its 2021 Seed Grant Call for Proposals. The proposals are due by 5 p.m. on May 14, 2021. 

The Seed Grant will award up to $25,000 for 1-year innovative space-related projects. The project topics may include (but are not limited to) astronaut health, planetary sciences, solar physics, Earth science, spacecraft engineering and use, sensors, and astrophysics.

The full announcement has been published on the JHU HUB.

The full details of the proposal request and submission instructions are on the Space@Hopkins website.

Eligible applicants are:

  • Johns Hopkins faculty and research staff, who are permitted to serve as Principal and Co-Investigators on external grants
  • Applicants must not have received funding for the same project currently or in the past.

If you are a student or a post-doc with an idea for a proposal, partner with a faculty or research staff member who can serve as a PI.

Please contact Carolina Núñez at spacestudies@jhu.edu with any questions about the proposal process, and sign up for the Space@Hopkins initiative to receive announcements about all our future events.

We are looking forward to receiving your applications!

INSGC Photo Of The Day

April 15, 2021

Explanation: Bright elliptical galaxy Messier 87 (M87) is home to the supermassive black hole captured by planet Earth's Event Horizon Telescope in the first ever image of a black hole. Giant of the Virgo galaxy cluster about 55 million light-years away, M87 is the large galaxy rendered in blue hues in this infrared image from the Spitzer Space telescope. Though M87 appears mostly featureless and cloud-like, the Spitzer image does record details of relativistic jets blasting from the galaxy's central region. Shown in the inset at top right, the jets themselves span thousands of light-years. The brighter jet seen on the right is approaching and close to our line of sight. Opposite, the shock created by the otherwise unseen receding jet lights up a fainter arc of material. Inset at bottom right, the historic black hole image is shown in context, at the center of giant galaxy and relativistic jets. Completely unresolved in the Spitzer image, the supermassive black hole surrounded by infalling material is the source of enormous energy driving the relativistic jets from the center of active galaxy M87.

 

April 15th

The Mars Helicopter Quick Facts

Name: Ingenuity
Main Job: A technology demonstration to test the first powered flight on Mars. The helicopter rode to Mars attached to the belly of the Perseverance rover.
Launch July 30, 2020, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida
Landed Feb. 18, 2021, Jezero Crater, Mars
Length of Mission A 30-day period, with one or more test flights

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Funding

Funding source for INSGC Fellowships, Internships; Research and Outreach Project funding for Higher Education, K-12, and Informal Education through INSGC affiliates.

Academic

Research funding available for undergraduates, graduates and faculty.

Industry

Collaboration opportunities with industries for internships and skill set training.

Outreach

Funding for projects that create public awareness of INSGC and NASA.

Need Funding?

Browse through the opportunities we offer and apply today!

K-12

Indiana Space Grant Consortium supports K-12 education by offering space based resources to excite children about STEM and NASA education. You can find these resources below.

Educational Resources

Teacher Resources

Educational Programs

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Higher Education

INSGC higher education affiliates throughout Indiana with eligible students, must be a US citizen, enrolled full-time as a collegiate student, be involved in STEM related research or STEM education project, are eligible to apply for scholarship/fellowship.

Undergraduate

Beginning in 2020, INSGC no longer offers UG Scholarships. Instead INSGC offers Undergraduate Research Internships.

Students will not directly apply for this funding from INSGC. Faculty members (PI) who are supervising a research activity will apply for the award for the number of students planning to participate in the project. UG students will be paid an hourly rate for research.

 

Graduate

Fellowships, Masters/Ph.D are available for graduate students pursuing research projects with any INSGC affiliate. New for 2020, applicants must specify a NASA Center and/or a Mission Directorate alignment.

Faculty

Research awarded to be conducted by faculty who submit project proposals that help NASA achieve national research objectives

New for 2020. All proposals must specify a NASA Center and/or Mission Directorate with which it is aligned.

Informal Education

Information, resources, and funding for Professional Development for informal educators relating to science, technology, engineering, and math.

Outreach

INSGC outreach affiliates may apply for grant funding that engages K-12 students in STEM curriculum and hands-on learning.

New for 2020. All proposals must specify a NASA Center and/or Mission Directorate with which it is aligned.

View our Academic pages for more information.

Looking For Career Opportunities?

INSGC currently has a career page with information 

and a few valuable resources!

The INSGC twitter page is linked above. There will also be a link to our INSGC Facebook page shortly.

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