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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 UNITE CubeSat, just shy of 1000 days of continual orbital operations, will likely reenter Thursday morning October 21

Just a heads up that the UNITE CubeSat, just 5 days shy of 1000 days of continual orbital operations, will likely reenter Thursday morning October 21.

The latest estimated reentry time from the 18th Space Control Squadron is reentry at 7:03 a.m. CDT.

Here is a USI news story covering this event:


Spaceflight for Everybody Virtual


The purpose of the Spaceflight for Everybody Symposium is to communicate the current state of NASA spaceflight health knowledge. Speakers will highlight NASA’s operational medicine and biomedical research findings that are establishing how the human body adapts to the space environment during space missions. Additionally, other health and medical topics will be discussed including future goals for spaceflight participation for other nontraditional able-bodied people. Discussion will include how to expand commercial spaceflight activities and opportunities. The end goal of the symposium is a better awareness of how NASA protects the health of all astronauts and the agency’s plans to do so in the future.

Panelists seek to:

·         Educate and excite the public about future possibilities in human spaceflight

·         Demonstrate how precision health and other innovations expand spaceflight opportunities to a more diverse group of space explorers

·         Identify spaceflight health challenges and how we mitigate and counter them

·         Demonstrate how NASA’s partnerships with commercial space providers are enabling increased access to space

·         Highlight efforts to broaden exploration opportunities from the ground up – through
leadership, engineering, science, participants, etc.The symposium will take place virtually, and NASA will provide a live stream including an ASL translator. Scientists, researchers, healthcare workers, especially those interested in space medicine, and other interested parties who would like to be able to contribute to the virtual chat can register to join the WebEx connection for each day. 

More information and registration for each day.

West Lafayette Smart City Challenge webinar on October 20.

You can click here to quickly post a pre-drafted tweet. Additional language for outreach can be found in the media toolkit.

Participants are tasked with developing a scalable IoT solution and/or software application using West Lafayette's IoT infrastructure to improve safety for vulnerable road users in West Lafayette.  This competition is open to start-ups with fewer than 25 employees, and students/faculty at U.S. universities and colleges. Finalists may secure up to $15,000 to develop their idea and prototype.

20th Annual Astronaut Lacy Veach Day of Discovery

We hope you, your family and friends, and colleagues will join us for a day of inspiration, exploration, learning, and fun as we honor the legacy of Astronaut Charles Lacy Veach from Hawai'i. Similarly to last year, this year's Veach Day of Discovery will be a free and virtual experience, allowing participants to watch, and rewatch, from wherever they are.

Promotional video: https://youtu.be/i4OxYWXRhOA

The Stars are Calling Us

  • 20th Annual Astronaut Lacy Veach Day of Discovery sponsored by Hawaiian Electric.
  • Saturday, October 30, 2021
  • 12pm - 1:30pm (Hawai'i standard time) *pre-launch videos start at 11:45am
  • http://www.spacegrant.hawaii.edu/index.php/lacy-veach-day/
  • A 5-question Galaxy Treasure Hunt testing your knowledge from the workshops
  • A Girl Powered Event, featuring women STEM professionals and learn how they contribute to Hawaii's workforce

See attached for the flyer to share. Some highlights from the event include:

  • Welcome message by Astronaut McArthur from the ISS, she's the pilot of the NASA SpaceX Crew 2 mission which launched on April 23, 2021. She was born in 1971 in Honolulu, Hawai'i and grew up in California which she calls home.
  • HECO representatives: Brianna Yamada, a power supply engineer at Hawaiian Electric and the 2021 Hawaii Cherry Blossom Queen. Shelee Kimura, Senior Vice President of Customer Service and Consumer Affairs at Hawaiian Electric, she was recently appointed
  • Governor David Ige and his proclamation proclaiming October 30, 2021 as Astronaut Veach Day of Discovery
  • Dr. Heather Kaluna, Assistant Professor of Astronomy at the University of Hawai'i, Hilo
  • STEM workshops featuring Chaminade University's I am a Scientist Program, Hawai'i Space Flight Lab, Bryan Silver from Kalani HS, Nature Math, and Hawaii Magicians
  • STEM stars: Amber Imai-Hong, Brialyn Onodera, Nicole Yamase, Christianne Izumigawa, Cristina Felicitas
  • Our emcee: Dora Nakafuji, Executive Strategist at Kamehameha Schools
  • Diana Veach, sister of the late Astronaut Lacy Veach

Stay safe and we hope you'll join us on October 30, 2021 for the 20th Annual Lacy Veach Day of Discovery!


The FAA-sponsored Airport Cooperative Research Program’s University Design Competition for Addressing Airport Needs provides an outstanding opportunity for individual students or student teams working under the guidance of faculty advisors to design solutions to real world issues addressing our nation’s airports and the National Air System.

Students win cash prizes ($3,000 for first place, $2,000 for second and $1,000 for third place) in each of four different broad categories:

      • Airport Operations and Maintenance
      • Airport Management
      • Environmental Interactions of Airports
      • Runway Safety/Runway Excursions/Runway Incursions Including Aprons, Ramps, and Taxiway

Airport needs embrace many disciplines including all engineering fields, environmental science, business, data science, computer science, psychology, and many others.

A variety of multidisciplinary topics are suggested, but students can come up with their own relevant topics for their design solution.  The competition is an excellent open-ended design project for capstone courses and is also frequently used in other courses, for independent study, or as a professional society student chapter project.

First place winners present their work at an award ceremony at the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine in Washington,D.C. and also at a relevant national professional conference.  All expenses are covered.

Interaction with airport operators and industry experts is required.  The Competition provides access to experts and to airport operators through its program website.

The Competition runs from August 16, 2021 to May 13, 2022.  Students can work in either or both academic semesters.  Additional information regarding the ACRP University Design Competition can be found at the Competition web site located at www.trb.org/ACRP/ACRPDesignCompetition.aspx.

The updated guidelines for submission are attached and can be found at https://vsgc.odu.edu/acrpdesigncompetition/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2021/08/2021


The Airport Cooperative Research Program is part of the Transportation Research Board of the National Academies.  The Virginia Space Grant Consortium manages the Competition on behalf of the ACRP.

We hope you will consider this opportunity which has provided 2,625 students and 166 faculty advisors from 88 institutions with an outstanding education opportunity immersed in real-world needs and that you will share it with other faculty or students who might have an interest.

Airports are busier, airliners are filling up, and everything associated with air travel is showing signs of recovery after a difficult year. It’s a great time to get out and spread your wings again – even more so with National Aviation Day (Thursday, August 19th)  just around the corner. ‘Spread Your Wings’ is the theme for NASA’s #NationalAviationDay digital campaign this year. We are reaching out to you in hopes that your organization will want to join the online fun and we can all share the same/similar theme around the celebration. The NASA account leading efforts for the day will be the @NASAAero account on Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter. The day will be filled with aeronautics content and encouragement for our audience to join in on the occasion as well. Our feature in preparation for National Aviation Day is now live: https://www.nasa.gov/feature/spread-your-wings-on-national-aviation-day and should you decide to make social media plans or have any questions, please feel to contact our social lead Jessica.Arreola@nasa.gov.

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How to Get an Internship at JPL

By: Kim Orr

Whether you're looking for a career in STEM or space exploration, this three-part series will cover everything you need to know about the world of internships at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the skills and experience hiring managers are looking for, and how you can set yourself on the right trajectory even before you get to college.

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Update: Aug. 5, 2021 – Part two of this series, "Skills for Space Explorers," is now live! Read more below to learn all about the skills and experience JPL hiring managers are looking for.

Whether you're looking for a career in STEM or space exploration, this three-part series will cover everything you need to know about the world of internships at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the skills and experience hiring managers are looking for, and how you can set yourself on the right trajectory even before you get to college.


In a typical year, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory brings in about 1,000 interns from schools across the country to take part in projects that range from building spacecraft to studying climate change to developing software for space exploration. One of 10 NASA centers in the United States, the Southern California laboratory receives thousands of applications. So what can students do to stand out and set themselves on the right trajectory?

We asked interns and the people who bring them to JPL about their tips for students and anyone interested in a STEM career or working at the Laboratory. Over the next few weeks, we'll be sharing their advice in this three-part series.

First up: Learn about the kinds of opportunities available as well as where and how to apply.

The World of JPL Internships

If you found this article, you're probably already somewhat familiar with the work that goes on at JPL. But at a place that employs more than 6,000 people across hundreds of teams, it can be hard to keep track of it all.

JPL Interns

Meet JPL Interns

Read stories from interns pushing the boundaries of space exploration and science at the leading center for robotic exploration of the solar system.

In a broad sense, JPL explores Earth, other planets, and the universe beyond with robotic spacecraft – meaning no humans on board. But along with the engineers and scientists who design and build spacecraft and study the data they return, there are thousands of others working on all the in-between pieces that make Earth and space exploration possible and accessible to all. This includes software developers, machinists, microbiologists, writers, video producers, designers, finance and information technology professionals, and more.

Some of the best ways to learn about the Laboratory's work – and get a sense for the kinds of internships on offer – are to follow JPL news and social media channels, take part in virtual and in-person events such as monthly talks, and keep up on the latest research. There are also a host of articles and videos online about interns and employees and the kinds of work they do.

While STEM internships make up the majority of the Laboratory's offerings, there are a handful of opportunities for students studying other subjects as well. Depending on which camp you fit into, there are different places to apply.


NASA space grant funds research projects

Valparaiso University was awarded over $100,000 from the Indiana Space Grant Consortium (INSGC), a not-for-profit organization consisting of 23 schools and corporate affiliates. This money will fund five research projects for faculty and students over the summer. Since Valpo joined the INSGC in 1996, faculty have applied for grants to conduct research. They apply by submitting proposals relating to NASA’s basic objectives.

“[The proposals] all have to relate in some way to one of NASA's core objectives. So, if you look at the titles of the grants, they may relate to things like the growth of organisms in space or something having to do with that,” said Assistant Director of Student Research Stan Zygmunt.

NASA gave out the grants to develop and train the next generation of scientists in several disciplines.

“And so these are people that NASA wants to support, so that they can build up national infrastructure for American science,” Zygmunt said.

The projects funded through these grants are part of Valpo’s Summer Undergraduate Research Program, a summer internship for students. As the INSGC is a subsidiary of NASA, the program is primarily for students in STEM majors. The internship is paid and provides free summer housing.

More importantly, it gives undergraduate students an opportunity to devote time to research something in which they’re interested.

“Having these experiences for a student, I think is very important, not only for students who want to go on and get a Masters or PhD, but for any student who's interested in learning more deeply about a subject and understanding how research works. Or you just get to know the area in a much deeper level than you would during the year in classes,” Provost Eric Johnson said.

Fourteen undergraduate Valpo students completed the internship this year in subjects such as biology, chemistry, engineering, astronomy and physics. Two students from Ivy Tech Community College in Valparaiso, IN were also accepted to join.

The projects covered a range of topics, with Zygmunt explaining that all of the research revolved around resolving practical issues in space travel. One included creating compounds to combat superbugs on the International Space Station.

“The application of that connection with space was ‘Hey you might be up in the space station for long periods of time and what sorts of odd organisms and bugs might we get up there’. Somebody gets sick, you can't bring your doctor up there all of a sudden to treat it, so you've got to develop resources that could be helpful in those environments,” Zygmunt said.

 For astronomy students, the grants provide half the amount of funding for the Southeastern Association for Research in Astronomy, through which Professor of Physics and Astronomy Todd Hillwig is able to lead students in operating three off-site telescopes, which are shared between multiple universities.

“There’s a telescope in Arizona, there's a telescope in Chile, and another one in the Canary Islands, that Professor Hillwig in our department is able to use to do observations for his research and there's an annual fee for that. The Space Grant gives us partial support to pay that fee,” Zygmunt said.

In addition, researchers attended weekly workshops on various STEM topics. These included “Diversity & Inclusion,” “Oral Presentations,” “Ethics in Research” and “Abstracts & Posters.”

All of the work conducted throughout the internship culminated with the Summer Interdisciplinary Research Symposium on July 23. The symposium allowed students to present their research to a larger audience and also featured guest speaker Dr. Karin Calvinho of startup company RenewCO2.

“The whole purpose is to highlight, to showcase all that you've done over the summer. It gives the students a great opportunity to talk with other faculty, with the administrators about what they did,” Johnson said.

Zygmunt is hoping the internship will be open to a broader range of studies in future years than just STEM disciplines.

“And so, we're always interested and excited about faculty members in other parts of [the] university who want to do research with students in the summers. It's just part of the culture in science and engineering, but [we’re] hoping to see that expand to other areas,” Zygmunt said.

For those interested, the student researchers will be presenting their work at a Fall Symposium. It will take place Oct. 8 at 3 p.m. in the Center for the Sciences.


The Intent to Fly Forms are also available for the NASA Sounding Rocket flight next June and August 2022.  Those can be found here and our due September 8.



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INSGC Photo Of The Day

October 8th, 2021

Explanation: This pretty starfield spans about three full moons (1.5 degrees) across the heroic northern constellation of Perseus. It holds the famous pair of open star clusters, h and Chi Persei. Also cataloged as NGC 869 (top) and NGC 884, both clusters are about 7,000 light-years away and contain stars much younger and hotter than the Sun. Separated by only a few hundred light-years, the clusters are both 13 million years young based on the ages of their individual stars, evidence that they were likely a product of the same star-forming region. Always a rewarding sight in binoculars, the Double Cluster is even visible to the unaided eye from dark locations. But a shroud of guitar strings was used to produce diffraction spikes on the colorful stars imaged in this vibrant telescopic view.

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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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