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...

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!

Project

Check out this awesome project below:

  • Project: Engaging Community College Student in research: Intestinal host defense mechanism

Will Steffel says he knew nothing about rotorcraft before the summer began, but the Trine University senior learned about them in a big way.

Trine Student

Read the full story below!

NASA Citizen Science

NASA citizen science has come to dominate multiple fields of science. Our 1.5 million+ citizen scientists have discovered:

  • Most of the known comets.
  • Most of the ultracool brown dwarfs.
  • Most of the long period exoplanets.
  • Every known sample of interstellar dust.

Come join new NASA Citizen Science Leaders Series and learn more about this powerful methodology that is

changing how Americans think about science. Register for these Thursday afternoon events https://nasacitsci.gmri.org

The first event is this Thursday at 3:30pm ET, featuring a kickoff presentation by our Chief Scientist, Jim Green.

The series will run every other week from Thursday, February 4 through Thursday, April 29. 

It will bring you inspiring speakers and stories, and introduce you to colleagues and facilitators who can help turn your

new ideas into action.  Let’s make everyone into a NASA scientist!

That’s https://nasacitsci.gmri.org.

We look forward to seeing you on Thursday afternoons, starting February 4.

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!

2021 NASA Planetary Science Summer School Applications Now Due April 1st.

Offered by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA, PSSS is a 3-month long career development experience to learn the development of a hypothesis-driven robotic space mission in a concurrent engineering environment while getting an in-depth, first-hand look at mission design, life cycle, costs, schedule and the trade-offs inherent in each.

Science and engineering doctoral candidates, recent PhDs, postdocs, and junior faculty who are U.S. Citizens or legal permanent residents (and a very limited number of Foreign Nationals from non-designated countries) are eligible. Applicants from diverse backgrounds are particularly encouraged to apply.

Session 1: May 24-Aug 6

Session 2: May 24-Aug 20

With workload of a rigorous 3-hour graduate-level course, participants spend the first 10 weeks in preparatory webinars acting as a science mission team, and spend the final culminating week mentored by JPL’s Advance Project Design Team to refine their planetary science mission concept design and present it to a mock expert review board.  The culminating week is typically at JPL, however in 2021 it is likely to be virtual due to Covid-19 pandemic conditions.

IndianaView

This is an announcement for the IndianaView mini-grant program for 2021. The guidelines are attached.  The guidelines include the instructions on how to submit proposals for the program. The budgets for the projects can be up to $1,500. We will begin reviewing the proposals that we have on hand beginning March 15.

We are looking forward to being able to support two projects that will promote the use of remote sensing and geospatial data in K-16+ education and/or facilitate the use of remote sensing data to monitor state wide issues. Note that these proposals need to be for projects which benefit the state of Indiana in some way. There has been some very interesting work done the last several years which are summarized in the fact sheets available at: https://www.indianaview.org/fact_sheets.html.

Download Information Below!

INSGC Photo Of The Day

Feb 12th, 2021

Explanation: What would it look like to land on Mars? To better monitor the instruments involved in the Entry, Decent, and Landing of the Perseverance Rover on Mars last week, cameras with video capability were included that have now returned their images. The featured 3.5-minute composite video begins with the opening of a huge parachute that dramatically slows the speeding spacecraft as it enters the Martian atmosphere. Next the heat shield is seen separating and falls ahead. As Perseverance descends, Mars looms large and its surface becomes increasingly detailed. At just past 2-minutes into the video, the parachute is released and Perseverance begins to land with dust-scattering rockets. Soon the Sky Crane takes over and puts Perseverance down softly, then quickly jetting away. The robotic Perseverance rover will now begin exploring ancient Jezero Crater, including a search for signs that life once existed on Earth's neighboring planet.

 

 

NASA 2020 Highlights

2020 was historic for NASA. We launched humans to the International Space Station from America again, made progress on our plans to return humans to the Moon and explore Mars, had an unprecedented encounter with an asteroid, and displayed perseverance and resilience in space and on Earth … all, while helping the country deal with a global crisis. Here’s a look back at highlights from those and other things we did this year at NASA.

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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