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

Student Project

2021 Aircraft Test Flight 1 (3/7/2021)

Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics

Purdue University | Class of '23
Team Captain, Purdue Aerial Robotics

mopdyke@purdue.edu | (914)-642-3514

Carbon Fiber Layup and Vacuum Bagging (Timelapse) - April 2021


Here's why the Space Grant is important!


Evansville Museum of Arts, History and Science (Intern)

Carlisle Wishard – cwishard@purdue.edu

Internship Experience at the Evansville Museum of Arts, History, and Science

Internship Overview

With the support of the Indiana Space Grant Consortium, I (Carlisle Wishard) completed a

roughly 170-hour internship at the Evansville Museum in Evansville, Indiana. This internship

covered the dates defined in the schedule below and included both traditional business hours

during which the museum was open and outreach events that occurred after museum closing. The

overseer of this internship was Mitch Luman, the Dorothy and George Eykamp Director of Science

Experiences at the Evansville Museum.

During my internship, I received training and experience creating and presenting live

planetarium shows using Digistar5, learned about exhibit development and production, attended a

virtual meeting of the Great Lakes Planetarium Association, meet with the museum curatorial staff

to discuss museum progress, drafted social media posts to promote the museum and planetarium,

and conducted outreach activities using the Unistellar eVscope telescope. I also enjoyed many

discussions with Mitch Luman about museum curation, content creation, exhibit loans and

partnerships with sister organizations, budgeting and capital campaigns, strategic plans, and visitor

experiences. I was given free range of the museum after a tour of the entire museum facility,

including off site storage, curatorial workspaces, and storage vaults. Lastly, I lead a discussion at

a local bar and restaurant about my PhD research as a part of the Evansville Museum’s Science

with a Twist program.


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NASA Glenn Research Center 80th Anniversary


  • 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.


  • Virtual GLENN Research Events

    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.

Human Exploration Rover Challenge (HERC)

The safety and protection of the Human Exploration Rover Challenge(HERC) student teams, our NASA workforce, and all those supporting the competition is NASA’s top priority. According to guidance of the Center for Disease Control and other federal agencies, traveling and gathering in large groups are heavily discouraged at this time. In an effort to comply with guidance and help restrict the spread of COVID-19, we regret that we must not hold the in-person component of this year’s competition. However, most awards will still be given, to reward the work that teams have and will complete.

For more than 25 years, the annual NASA Human Exploration Rover Challenge and its sponsors have encouraged student teams from the United States and around the world to push the limits of innovation and imagine what it will take to explore the Moon, Mars, and other worlds in the universe. While we are disappointed we will not to be able to host all of the teams for excursions this year, we know that the students have gained significant value from the engineering, teamwork, project tasks they have already completed. We look forward to welcoming the teams back to Huntsville in 2022.


  • HERC will conduct an optional virtual Awards Ceremony on April 16, 2021 .  Teams will be able to join as a group or from individual locations. Details will be distributed at a later time.
  • Teams who have submitted deliverables by the due dates outlined in the guidebook will be eligible for awards.
    • Overall Winner
    • Project Review Award
    • Social Media Award
    • Rookie of the Year Award
    • Task Challenge Award
    • STEM Engagement Award
  • Please be sure to cancel any hotel reservations and travel plans for attending an in-person event.

INSGC Photo Of The Day

July 28th

Explanation: The rim of the large blue galaxy at the right is an immense ring-like structure 150,000 light years in diameter composed of newly formed, extremely bright, massive stars. AM 0644-741 is known as a ring galaxy and was caused by an immense galaxy collision. When galaxies collide, they pass through each other and their individual stars rarely come into contact. The large galaxy's ring-like shape is the result of the gravitational disruption caused by a small intruder galaxy passing through it. When this happens, interstellar gas and dust become compressed, causing a wave of star formation to move out from the impact point like a ripple across the surface of a pond. Other galaxies in the field of view are background galaxies, not interacting with AM 0644-741. Foreground spiky stars are within our own Milky Way. But the smaller intruder galaxy is caught above and right, near the top of the frame taken by the Hubble Space Telescope. Ring galaxy AM 0644-741 lies about 300 million light years away toward the southern constellation Volans.




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.

Need Funding?

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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