Opportunities

The MN Space Grant offers a variety of opportunities to faculty and students at MnSGC affiliate institutions and beyond. Here are some of them.

  • Scholarship support (limited to full-time students at MnSGC affiliate institutions majoring in areas of interest to NASA). To learn more, write to the MnSGC faculty contact at your school. As part of your application process you will be asked to complete a MnSGC Student Information Form. (MS Word version, PDF version). (Note: U of MN – Twin Cities scholarship application deadline for spring 2018 is January 23, 2018. Application instructions posted here.)
  • All MnSGC affiliate institutions offer on-campus activities for their students, often involving doing research and/or building aerospace hardware (like high-power rockets, stratospheric spacecraft (for weather balloon missions), and CubeSats (nano-satellites). To learn more, write to the MnSGC faculty contact at your school.
  • Grant support for NASA-themed programming (limited to MnSGC affiliate institutions). Faculty from non-affiliate higher education institutions may use the “Contact Us” page to inquire about ongoing affiliate programming, in case collaboration might be in order. Note that all awards must be matched at least 1-to-1 by institutional funds and/or by in-kind value of faculty effort. This is one way Space Grant makes its funds go farther.
  • Support for students attending MN higher education institutions (not limited to MnSGC affiliate institutions) who are selected by NASA Center mentors for summer internships. To apply for NASA summer internships (between 10/18/2017 and 3/1/2018), go to https://intern.nasa.gov/ossi/web/public/main/
  • Professional development / workshops for higher education faculty and/or in-service pre-college teachers on NASA topics. Past workshops have included ones on stratospheric ballooning, high-power rocketry, microcontrollers, Curiosity Rover on Mars, basic aerospace lessons for K-12, and more. Use the “Contact Us” page to inquire about upcoming faculty/teacher workshops.
  • The MnSGC can sometimes arrange visits to pre-college schools for classroom visits, assemblies, exhibits, demonstrations, and/or activities. Potential topics include “Hovercraft Astronauts” (with rideable hovercraft), model rocketry, presentations about astronomy (including NASA spacecraft and how they have revolutionized our understanding of the universe), and more. Use the “Contact Us” page to inquire about possible options for your school.
  • High-power rocketry (for college age and up, only). The MnSGC runs an annual Space Grant Midwest High-Power Rocket Competition for college student teams from around the nation. Read more at http://www.aem.umn.edu/msgc/Space_Grant_Midwest_Rocketry_Competition_2017_2018/ The MnSGC also offers video-lessons on high-power rocketry to help MN college student teams get started. Use the “Contact Us” page to inquire about getting involved.
  • Build a Balloon-Borne Stratospheric Spacecraft (BABBSS) is a project in which faculty, teachers, and students from college age down through elementary school can build a miniature spacecraft which the MnSGC Stratospheric Ballooning Team at the U of MN – Twin Cities will then carry into the stratosphere (above 80,000 feet!) on a weather balloon mission. Use the “Contact Us” page to inquire about getting involved.