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...

OSTEM Highlights 2020

Here's why the Space Grant is important!


September 21st, 2021

A $15,000 grant from the Indiana Space Grant Consortium (INSGC) will fund an undergraduate research project at Trine University that seeks to help understand the impact of spacewalks on astronauts.

Trine University biomedical engineering seniors Madison Howard of Pleasant Lake, Michigan, and Ashley Spirrison of Fishers, Indiana, will lead the project, titled “Developing Microfluidic Technology to Model the Vascular Health of Astronauts.” Max Gong, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Bock Department of Biomedical Engineering, will serve as advisor.

The project seeks to help address concerns NASA has regarding the safety of its astronauts while completing missions outside of Earth’s atmosphere, Gong said.

During missions, astronauts execute Extravehicular Activities (EVAs), commonly referred to as spacewalks, to repair and complete quality checks of spacecraft, and for research and exploration purposes. Prior to an EVA, astronauts must be exposed to 100% hyperoxia (a state of excess supply of oxygen in tissues and organs) for approximately five to eight hours, with repeats of the protocol two to three times each week.

This increase in blood oxygenation has been linked to DNA damage to lung tissue, overproduction of nitric oxide, cell damage from lipid peroxidation, and increased pulmonary fibrosis, Gong said.

Hyperoxia also causes blood vessels to narrow and abnormalities in the architecture of organs, limiting blood flow or fluid transfer through organs.

The Trine students will develop microfluidic vasculature-on-a-chip models, engineered models that mimic living tissues, of blood and lymphatic vessels to investigate the relationship between hyperoxia and its negative health effects. Such models have been used to better understand vascular health in diseases, such as atherosclerosis, Gong said, and can be applied to studying and improving the health of astronauts.

The Indiana Space Grant Consortium was created in 1991 under NASA’s National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program. The Space Grant national network includes organizations working to expand opportunities for Americans to learn about and participate in NASA’s aeronautics and space projects by supporting and enhancing science and engineering education, research and public outreach efforts.

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NASA Seeks Student Experiments to Soar in Second TechRise Challenge

NASA is calling on middle and high school students to join the second NASA TechRise Student Challenge, which invites student teams to develop, build, and launch science and technology experiments on high-altitude balloons.

Students in grades six to 12 attending U.S. public, private, or charter schools – including those in U.S. territories – are challenged to team up with their schoolmates to design an experiment under the guidance of an educator. Administered by Future Engineers, the NASA TechRise Student Challenge offers hands-on insight into the design and test process used by NASA-supported researchers. It aims to inspire a deeper understanding of Earth’s atmosphere, surface features, and climate, as well as space exploration, coding, electronics, and the value of test data. Teams should submit their experiment ideas by Oct. 24, 2022.  

“We are thrilled to offer the second NASA TechRise Student Challenge,” said NASA Administrator Bill Nelson. “The quality of the experiments and the creativity we saw from students in the last challenge are exactly the kinds of problem-solving and hands-on learning NASA hopes to inspire. We’re eager to see what innovative ideas pour in from students around the nation this year.”

A total of 60 winning teams will be selected to turn their proposed experiment idea into reality and launch their technology on a suborbital flight test. The winning teams will each receive $1,500 to build their experiment and an assigned spot on a NASA-sponsored high-altitude balloon flight operated by one of two commercial providers: Aerostar of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, or World View based in Tucson, Arizona. Both high-altitude balloons provide exposure to the stratosphere at altitudes of approximately 9-19 miles (15-30 kilometers) and variable duration of flight time of hours to days. The challenge is led by NASA’s Flight Opportunities program, which rapidly demonstrates technologies for space exploration and the expansion of space commerce through suborbital testing with industry flight providers.

The winning teams will also receive technical support and mentorship from Future Engineers, including the opportunity to learn or improve technology skills such as soldering, coding, and 3D design. NASA encourages students and their instructors to submit experiment ideas even if they have no prior experience with these activities.

“We could not do a project like this in our classroom without the support of NASA TechRise,” said Jill Davis, Superintendent-Director of the Greater Lowell Technical High School in Tyngsborough, Massachusetts, which had one of the winning teams in last year’s challenge. “It is something that is truly out of this world! This challenge helped students develop their own unique ideas for future inventions, which adds a new layer of meaning to what they learn.”

To enter the competition, teams will propose their experiment idea online using the design guidelines and proposal template on the competition site. NASA plans to announce the competition winners in January 2023. The selected student teams will build their payloads from January to May, and the final experiments will take flight in summer 2023.

Educators interested in TechRise are strongly encouraged to join the virtual educator workshop on Saturday, Aug. 27, to learn more about the challenge, high-altitude balloons, and how to develop a NASA TechRise proposal. Attendees will also have an opportunity to ask questions of TechRise educators who recently participated in the winner build experience.

NASA also is seeking volunteers to help judge the entries anticipated from across the country. U.S. residents with expertise in engineering, space, and/or atmospheric research who are interested in reviewing NASA TechRise Student Challenge submissions can apply to be a judge on the Future Engineers website.

NASA’s Flight Opportunities program, based at the agency’s Armstrong Flight Research Center in Edwards, California, and part of NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD), is leading the NASA TechRise Challenge, with support from the NASA Tournament Lab, also part of STMD.

Aerospace Project Management

October 25-26, 2022 | Online | Central Time

This introductory course to project management in the aerospace industry will be comprised of three modules. The first module will provide a general overview about project management processes from project initialization phase to the closing phase of a project. The second module will provide case studies and examples that will explain in detail why some projects are successful while others are set for failure right at the start. The third module will investigate the present and future of the fast-changing world of project management.


On completion of this course, attendees will:

  • Identify the elements of the PM life cycle, including plan, execution, control, and closure
  • Review the established processes and procedures
  • Establish the project-selection method and create a business-case cost-benefit analysis
  • Identify and understand possible risks of any project in the early planning stage
  • Describe the career paths in the PM profession in the aerospace industry
  • Analyze future projects in the space business and how they may have an impact on human civilization

Course Instructor: Bojan Garvan

Aerospace Program Manager at EnerSys


Call us at 720-617-1319 to Register

October 25-26th, 2022 | Online | Central TimeGroup Discounts Available

Group Deals

We are now also offering package rates that can be used either by event or by bundle (you/your company can purchase a package of events for the future and receive a discount for each. Note: Applies to new registrations only and cannot be combined with additional discounts, valid for group pricing events only).

  • 5 packs (20% disc. off all group priced events)
  • 10 packs (30% disc. off all group priced events)
  • 20 or more (40% disc. off all group priced events)
  • Call us at 1-720-617-1319 to learn more.

Call for Speakers & Instructors

EUCI is actively searching for knowledge leaders in the Electric, Oil & Gas, Water/Wastewater, Infrastructure and Aerospace industries to share their experiences at upcoming conferences and courses and develop new events. If interested, please send a brief bio to Laxmi Mrig, CEO, at lmrig@euci.com


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2022-23 INSGC Awards




L.Li Purdue NASA Summer Internship
K.Keeyan Purdue NASA Summer Internship
K.Richardson Ball State NASA Summer Internship
S. Black Indiana University Masters Fellowship
E. Dalton Indiana University PhD Fellowship
B.Herrin Indiana University PhD Fellowship
L. Hunter Indiana University PhD Fellowship
H. Howard Indiana State University Masters Fellowship
C. Huebner Purdue Ft. Wayne Masters Fellowship
J.McFadden Purdue University PhD Fellowship
M.Mijju Purdue University PhD Fellowship
D. Zepp Jensen Purdue Ft. Wayne Masters Fellowship
G. Gallagher Ball State University Masters Fellowship
M.Shepley Ball State University Masters Fellowship
I. Zachara Valparaiso University Masters Fellowship
T. Bachman Purdue University Gus Grissom Scholarship
I. Hopf Purdue University Gus Grissom Scholarship
A. Knies Purdue University Gus Grissom Scholarship
R. deRuyter Indiana University Project-Foundations in Science and Math
Gribskov Purdue University The 2022 Summer Science Program in Genomics at Purdue University
C. Nyquist Purdue University Purdue Space Day
H.Abramowitz Purdue Northwest 2022 Materials Camp for Teachers
H.Abramowitz Purdue Northwest The NASA Human Exploration Rover Challenge 2023
M.Zimmer Purdue Northwest Undergraduate research in STEM disciplines at Purdue University Northwest
M.Fisher Science Central 2022-23 Coding Club
M. Fisher Science Central Mission to Mars Summer Camp
P.Startiz Taylor University Tools and Methods for Improved 3d Printing of Martian Structures - Part II
J.Canino Trine University  AIAA Design, Build, Fly 2023
T.Jenkins Trine University  Team Designs a Human Powered Rover Vehicle 2023
J. Lofton University of Evansville  Student Launch Initiative 2022-23
P. Bouyer Valpariaso University Effect of environmental factors on fungal morphological and gut clearance
T.Hillwig Valpariaso University UGR in Observational Astronomy Using the SARA Telescopes in Arizona, Chile, and the Canary Islands
M. Watters Valpariaso University Impact of Environmental Factors on Fungal Morphology:  Neurospora crassa
M. Gong Trine University Developing an Organotypic Lymphatic System for Modeling Astronaut Health
C.Brinton Purdue University Purdue Aerial Robotics Team (PART)
C. Iceman Valparaiso University Drone technologies for aerosol sampling
P. Smith Valparaiso University An Interdisciplinary Approach to Energy Storage From Chemicals Dissolved in Water
J.Stone Indiana State University Unraveling past hydroclimate dynamics in a high-altitude Sierra Nevada lake
M. Skoby Ball State University Particle Identification in Relativistic Heavy Ion Collisions at STAR
M.Nakamoto Valparaiso University Role of microgravity and altered day-and-night cycle on vertebrate brain development
P. Staritz Taylor University Low Power Radiation Resistent Martian Greenhouse
Z. Bi Purdue Ft. Wayne Affection Qualification for Democratic Human Machine Interaction (D-HMI) In Teleoperation of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UASs)
A.Malefyt Trine University Plasmid design and production of a cancer-targeting monoclonal antibody in mammalian cells for future microgravity applications
M. Fisher Science Central Community Interships 2022-23
M. Hammond Purdue Ft. Wayne iSTEM
R. Henry Terre Hauts Childrens Museum 2022-23 STEM Program Internships
M. Voss Near Space Launch Countdown to 2024 Total Solar Eclipse STEM Ground-to-Space (GTS) Learning

INSGC Photo Of The Day

August 12th, 2022

Explanation: A star cluster around 2 million years young surrounded by natal clouds of dust and glowing gas, Messier 16 (M16) is also known as The Eagle Nebula. This beautifully detailed image of the region adopts the colorful Hubble palette and includes cosmic sculptures made famous in Hubble Space Telescope close-ups of the starforming complex. Described as elephant trunks or Pillars of Creation, dense, dusty columns rising near the center are light-years in length but are gravitationally contracting to form stars. Energetic radiation from the cluster stars erodes material near the tips, eventually exposing the embedded new stars. Extending from the ridge of bright emission left of center is another dusty starforming column known as the Fairy of Eagle Nebula. M16 lies about 7,000 light-years away, an easy target for binoculars or small telescopes in a nebula rich part of the sky toward the split constellation Serpens Cauda (the tail of the snake). As framed, this telescopic portrait of the Eagle Nebula is about 70 light-years across.



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


Research funding available for undergraduates, graduates and faculty.


Collaboration opportunities with industries for internships and skill set training.


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

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Browse through the opportunities we offer and apply today!


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


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.


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.



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.


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.


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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