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California Space Grant Consortium (CaSGC)

In 1988, Congress passed the National Space Grant Act to establish a National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program. NASA accepted the Congressional mandate to manage this higher education program, designed to provide activities that increase the understanding, assessment, development, and utilization of aerospace resources and to expand the educational, scientific, and research base of all aerospace-related fields. The CaSGC is one of 52 consortia (representing every state, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia) that administer programs in three areas of university and NASA concern: research, education & workforce development, and public outreach (click here for national link). The University of California, San Diego (UCSD) is the lead institution for the CaSGC. The CaSGC is part of the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE) department at UCSD and provides the administrative leadership for the CaSGC.

News & Events

Women in Aerospace Honors Lynn Cominsky

October 30th, 2014
The Women in Aerospace awards celebrate women’s professional excellence in aerospace, annually recognizing female leaders who have made outstanding contributions to the aerospace community. They recently selected six outstanding women for their contributions to the field and the California Space Grant is proud to count our own Lynn Cominsky as the recipient of the Aerospace Awareness Award. Read the rest of this entry »

NASA Administrator Addresses Orbital-3 Launch Mishap

October 30th, 2014

The following is a message from NASA Administrator Charles Bolden regarding the October 28th launch accident involving Orbital Sciences’ supply mission to the International Space Station.

The remarkable things that NASA does in space and on Earth are not easy.  While we are absolutely committed to ensuring that every mission is successful and all our people are safe, in rare instances, things do not go as expected. Read the rest of this entry »

NASA Education Opportunities

October 30th, 2014

Click here to view NASA Education opportunities.

This Week @ NASA

October 27th, 2014

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Mars Orbiter Shows Comet Nucleus is Small

October 21st, 2014

The High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera on NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter captured views of comet C/2013 A1 Siding Spring while that visitor sped past Mars on Sunday (Oct. 19), yielding information about its nucleus.

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Undergraduate Engineering Seminar 10/15/14 3PM

October 9th, 2014

The California Space Grant Consortium is pleased to announce our Undergraduate Engineering Seminar Series, designed to introduce undergraduate students to funded research opportunities, internships and important information about careers in Engineering. Our first seminar of the 2014-2015 school year promises to provide students with valuable information as they pursue an education in Science and Engineering.

Upcoming seminar will be Wednesday, October 15, 2014 @ 3:00PM

Speaker: Benjamin Martins, Ph.D. Student at UCSD

Where: UC San Diego’s Jacobs Hall, Room 2512, Henry G. Booker Room

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  • “Amazing Space” Family Science Night Application for Middle Schools

    September 30th, 2014

    The California Space Grant Consortium is pleased to announce support for two “Amazing Space” Family Science Night activities at local middle schools. This event is designed to engage and inspire students and their families in space and science and is conducted by the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center. During this event, participants explore hands-on activities based upon stars, galaxies, constellations, the solar system, planets, moons, asteroids, comets, and space travel. The California Space Grant will support up to two middle schools for this activity. Read the rest of this entry »

    NASA Space Technology Research Fellowships Announced

    September 25th, 2014

    NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD) seeks to sponsor U.S. citizen and permanent resident graduate student researchers to contribute to the goal of creating innovative new space technologies for our Nation’s science, exploration, and economic future.

    Fellowships will be awarded as training grants and will be up to $74,000 per year including student stipend and allowances for faculty advisor, visiting technologist, health insurance, tuition & fees.

    Eligibility:

    • Pursuing advanced degrees directly related to space technology;
    • U.S. citizens OR permanent resident aliens of the U.S.;
    • Has a bachelor’s degree;
    • Enrolled in a full-time master’s or doctoral degree program at an accredited U.S. university in fall 2015; and
    • Meets one of the eligibility profiles described in the Table of Eligibility Profiles on Page 6 of the solicitation.

    Due Date: November 13, 2014.

    Solicitation: Please click here.

    NASA Selects U.S. Companies for Astronaut Transport

    September 16th, 2014

    U.S. astronauts once again will travel to and from the International Space Station from the United States on American spacecraft under groundbreaking contracts NASA announced Tuesday. The agency unveiled its selection of Boeing and SpaceX to transport U.S. crews to and from the space station using their CST-100 and Crew Dragon spacecraft, respectively, with a goal of ending the nation’s sole reliance on Russia in 2017. Read the rest of this entry »

    Student Designed Rockets Compete

    September 8th, 2014

    With adventure in their hearts and rocket launchers in hand, the recipients of the CaSGC Student Led Rocket Project awards were able to see all of their hard work pay off with several successful launches this year. Teams of students from six colleges received awards for designing a rocket to be entered into a High Power Rocketry national competition in 2014.

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    Contact Information

    California Space Grant Consortium
    California Space Grant Consortium
    9500 Gilman Drive, Dept. 0411
    La Jolla, CA, 92093-0411 USA
    Tel: 858.822.1597
    Fax: 858.534.7840

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