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...

Family Discovery Day – Space

Each quarter, the State Museum hosts a Family Discovery Day, each with a different theme. For our Summer date, they have chosen space.

There will be activities and demonstrations themed specifically around space for families to enjoy.  This year they will have hands-on activities for all ages that include studying and observing the physics of orbiting objects, interpreting rover data, engineering a craft, and more.

The purpose of this event is to energize the community regarding space and space research, give the visitors an opportunity to engage with the subject in different formats (hands-on activities, open exploration, etc.), and speak directly to the experts – you!

As a community partner, we can offer the following

  • Provide a platform to share your mission, expertise, provide demonstrations
  • A table to staff, provide marketing collateral, set up demos or hands-on activities
  • Promotion in the State Museum’s marketing (email newsletter, social media)
  • Free onsite parking for event
  • Complimentary free admission vouchers for a return visit
  • Special accommodations can be arranged with prior notice – just ask!

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!

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Open Now: 2021 NASA Teams Engaging Affiliated Museums and Informal Institutions (TEAM II) Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO)

The NASA Office of STEM Engagement invites proposals from museums, science centers, planetariums, NASA Visitor Centers, youth-serving organizations, libraries, and other eligible nonprofit institutions via the 2021 NASA Teams Engaging Affiliated Museums and Informal Institutions (TEAM II) Notice of Funding Opportunity, NH21ZHA002N.

The 2021 TEAM II NOFO is an omnibus solicitation, offering distinct program elements to which eligible IEIs may propose, issued as appendices to the NOFO.  Initially, two program elements are offered, Standard Awards for TEAM II (STAT) which is analogous to previous TEAM II NOFOs, and Community Anchor Awards for TEAM II (CAAT). 

 Community Anchor Awards for TEAM II (CAAT)

2021 TEAM II NOFO pre-proposal webinar (optional overview):  May 4, 2021

2021 TEAM II CAAT pre-proposal webinar (optional in-depth walk-through): May 5, 2021

Full proposals are due: June 17, 2021

Individual award range: $20K – $25K

Period of Performance: 1 – 2 years

Standard Awards for TEAM II (STAT)

2021 TEAM II NOFO pre-proposal webinar (optional overview):  May 4, 2021

Notices of Intent Due (optional but strongly encouraged):  May 26, 2021

Full proposals are due: July 19, 2021

Individual award range: $500K – $800K

Period of Performance: 2 – 4 years

For general inquiries, contact: TEAMII@jpl.nasa.gov.

For more information regarding these opportunities and scheduled information sessions, please visit the 2021 NASA TEAM II NOFO landing page  on the NASA Solicitation and Proposal Integrated Review and Evaluation System (NSPIRES) website and click on ‘List of Open Program Elements’.

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

Evansville Museum of Arts, History and Science (Intern)

A collaboration between the Director Mitch Luman at the Evansville Museum of Arts, History and Science and Indiana Space Grant Consortium, has provided a wonderful 10 week summer internship for an outstanding Purdue University student. Carlisle Wishard, a graduate student working toward her Ph.D. in planetary sciences, is the newest intern at the Evansville Museum of Arts, History and Science. Ms. Wishard has a deep interest in the intersection of science research and community engagement and will be presenting programs & working on projects in the Museum’s  Koch Immersive Theater and Planetarium. According to Mitch Luman, mentor and INSGC Affiliate Director, “Carlisle’s past museum experience and research interests are a perfect fit to contributing to education in a planetarium environment”.  Support for internship is made possible by the Indiana Space Grant Consortium.

 

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Trine recognizes distinguished students for Class of 2021

ANGOLA — Trine University has named Alexander Pessell, a biomedical engineering major from Arcadia, Ohio, as the winner of its Robert B. Stewart Award for its Class of 2021.

The university also has named Distinguished Students from each of its academic schools.

Alexander Pessell

The Robert B. Stewart Award is presented to the graduate who most clearly exemplifies the traditions and values of Trine University through achievement in scholarship, leadership and citizenship. Each academic school at Trine nominates a graduating senior for this award; Pessell represented the Allen School of Engineering and Computing.

Pessell maintained a 4.0 grade point average during his time at Trine. He completed a research experience for undergraduates during the summer of 2019 at the University of Maryland, and has been involved with research for Blaire Biomedical, a local company developing a handheld device that performs blood tests when linked to a smartphone.

He also was part of a group at Trine that worked on a research project funded by the Indiana Space Grant Consortium. Pessell wrote the application that was accepted for the grant funding.

He has presented research posters at Trine University’s STEM Symposium, the Biomedical Engineering Society national conference, the International Conference on Miniaturized Systems for Chemistry and Life Sciences, and the Food and Drug Administration.

Pessell has served as a resident director and resident assistant at Trine. He is part of the Tau Beta Pi engineering honor society, is past social media chair for Trine’s chapter of the Biomedical Engineering Society, serves on the Recruitment and Selection and Immersion Excursion committees for the Ehinger Fellows, and serves as president of Trine’s Alpha Eta Mu Beta biomedical engineering honor society, which he founded.

He serves as treasurer for Skull and Bones and vice president of Trine Thunder Ultimate Frisbee. He also played baseball at Trine for three years.

Off-campus, he volunteers at Cameron Memorial Community Hospital.

He was recently selected for the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program. The oldest science, technology, engineering and mathematics fellowship program in the United States, the GRFP, through a competitive selection process, recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students pursuing research-based master’s and doctoral degrees.

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.

 

  • Virtual GLENN Research Events

    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.

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.

Overview:

  • 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.

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

March 13th, 2021

Explanation: Closest to the Sun on March 1, and closest to planet Earth on April 23, this Comet ATLAS (C/2020 R4) shows a faint greenish coma and short tail in this pretty, telescopic field of view. Captured at its position on May 5, the comet was within the boundaries of northern constellation Canes Venatici (the Hunting Dogs), and near the line-of-sight to intriguing background galaxies popularly known as the Whale and the Hockey Stick. Cetacean in appearance but Milky Way sized, NGC 4631 is a spiral galaxy seen edge-on at the top right, some 25 million light-years away. NGC 4656/7 sports the bent-stick shape of interacting galaxies below and left of NGC 4631. In fact, the distortions and mingling trails of gas detected at other wavelengths suggest the cosmic Whale and Hockey Stick have had close encounters with each other in their distant past. Outbound and only about 7 light-minutes from Earth this Comet ATLAS should revisit the inner solar system in just under 1,000 years.

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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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