The Virginia Space Grant Consortium (VSGC) is a coalition of five Virginia colleges and
universities, NASA, state educational agencies, Virginia's Center for
Innovative Technology, and other institutions representing diverse
aerospace education and research.
The VSGC acts as an umbrella
organization, coordinating and developing aerospace-related and high
technology educational and research efforts throughout the Commonwealth
and connecting Virginia's effort to a national community of shared
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News and Announcements
New Investigator Program
Five faculty members from VSGC-member universities have received the New Investigator Program award of $10,000 each for the 2016-2017 cycle. The New Investigator Program award is designed to strengthen Virginia's research infrastructure and to provide start-up funding for new faculty members who have yet to become established researchers. ¬†Geared to faculty who are conducting research directly aligned with NASA's mission, the program targets those who are in the first five years of their academic career. Faculty who submit a proposal must be qualified to serve as the principal investigator at their respective institutions. ¬†Proposals are reviewed by a panel of VSGC member university representatives and NASA experts.
Since 2009, a total of $330,000 has been awarded to 33 faculty members!
Faculty members for 2016-2017
James T. Burns
University of Virginia Department of Materials Science & Engineering Correlating FIB/TEM and HR-EBSD Representations of the Plasticity Condition in the Near-Crack Tip Region of Structural Materials
Jermiah Still Old Dominion University Psychology Exploring the Influence of Saliency on Visual Search Within Tablet Interfaces
Balsa Terzic Old Dominion University Physics Feasibility Study of Remote Sensing by "Compton Sources"
Shane Davis University of Virginia Astronomy Modeling Emission Spectra from Radiation Magnetohydrodynamic Simulations of Black Hole Accretion
Cody H. Fleming University of Virginia Systems & Information Engineering Towards a Methodology for Safety-Driven Analysis and Integration of Hetrogeneous, Autonomous Decision-Makers in the National Airspace
STEM Takes Flight Press Release
STEM Takes Flight is offering new NASA research experiences for community college students!
The Virginia Space Grant Consortium's Building Leaders for Advancing Science and Technology (BLAST) program received the 2016 Programs That Work award from the Virginia Mathematics & Science Coalition (VMSC). Governor Terry McAuliffe presented the award on January 19 during a reception held at the Library of Virginia in Richmond. This prestigious award recognizes exemplary science and integrated science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) programs evidencing a positive impact on student or teacher learning. The BLAST award was one of twelve presented by the Governor on behalf of the VMSC.
Governor Terry McAuliffe presents the Programs That Work award to Virginia Space Grant Consortium BLAST staff and partners. (L-R): Chris Carter, VSGC Deputy Director, Larry Richards, UVA Engineering Faculty, Brenda Neil, VSGC staff, Governor Terry McAuliffe, Mary Jo Leber, VSGC staff, Ed Murphy, UVA Astronomy Faculty and Kim Lester, VT Center for Enhancement of Engineering Diversity.
STEM Takes Flight
The 2016 STEM Takes Flight Build/Fly/Learn and Individual Student Research Experience Programs application is now available. The deadline is January 30, 2016. Twenty of Virginia's brightest community college students pursuing STEM disciplines will be invited as guest researchers of NASA Langley Research Center and NASA Wallops Flight Facility. They will work alongside NASA researchers on projects in support of the NASA Mission.
STEM Takes Flight with Virginia's Community Colleges WEBSITE
Internship Paves Solid Career Path for Jayla Seward
At the Commonwealth STEM Industry Internship Program (CSIIP), we were fortunate to have Jayla Seward serve her 2015 summer CSIIP internship at the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center (SVHEC), located in South Boston, VA. Not only was she able to gain valuable skills and experience, but she also served as a role model for potential internship candidates.
As a student at Southern Virginia Community College (SVCC), Jayla was one of five CSIIP interns participating through the STEM Takes Flight (STF) program, which was launched in June 2015. Funded by National Space Grant Foundation, STF provides Virginia community college students career-enriching opportunities typically available to undergrads at four-year institutions.
At SVHEC, Jayla was able to tap her studies at SVCC, and apply them to new technologies in robotics and AutoCad Electrical, as well as cutting-edge manufacturing. Jayla is now a junior at Virginia Commonwealth University and based on her CSIIP internship experience, she determined that she definitely wants to major in electrical engineering.
She valued the opportunity so much that she submitted an unsolicited testimonial, praising the experience and its impact on her future career path. She wrote, "Every expectation that I had when starting this internship had been [exceeded]. As I prepare to attend Virginia Commonwealth University... I leave concretely declaring electrical engineering as my major... One day I want to say that I am a graduate of VCU in the field of electrical engineering and this internship set me in the right path. Thanks to everyone involved and I will keep in touch." - Jayla Seward
Scholarships and Fellowships
The Virginia Space Grant Consortium (VSGC) is pleased to announce the 2016 -2017 Scholarship and Fellowship Program.
The Graduate STEM Research Fellowship Program provides $6,000 in support to graduate students actively engaged in a faculty-mentored research project of interest to NASA. The Fellowship is renewable for one year.
Building Leaders for Advancing Science and Technology (BLAST) Program
Photo: BLAST students at Virginia Tech designed, built and tested an earthquake resistant structure.
Some 240 Virginia high school students had a BLAST (Building Leaders for Advancing Science and Technology) at Virginia Tech and the University of Virginia this summer. Rising 9th and 10th grade students experienced innovative, hands-on science, technology, engineering and math activities, demonstrations and tours designed to motivate and inspire them for STEM studies and careers. Students engaged in problem-solving, team-based activities designed to solve engineering and scientific challenges under the guidance of university faculty. BLAST is free of charge to students who are selected to participate. For information, visit www.blast.spacegrant.org.
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The Virginia Space Grant Consortium's summer academies have wrapped up for the summer! The summer kicked off with three weeks of Virginia Aerospace Science and Technology Scholars (VASTS) on June 20th and ended with two weeks of Virginia Space Coast Scholars (VSCS) on August 14th. It's been a busy summer but the on students has been immeasurable.
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VSGC Announces New Initiative for Virginia Community Colleges
The Virginia Space Grant Consortium (VSGC) has launched STEM Takes Flight at Virginia's Community Colleges, which provides a suite of programs for community college students pursuing STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) majors (exclusive of allied health and business) and faculty in STEM disciplines statewide. STEM Takes Flight opportunities include $5,000 mentored scholarships, NASA paid onsite research experiences, paid industry internships, new courses, and a NASA residential faculty professional development workshop. Funded through NASA, the $500,000 grant provides funding for a two-year award period, and seeks to foster enhanced community college retention in STEM academic tracks through graduation or transfer to a four-year institution.
VSGC launched the STEM Takes Flight initiative in partnership with the Virginia Community College System (VCCS), NASA Langley Research Center and NASA Wallops Flight Facility, and with the strong support of the Virginia Governor's office. The initiative directly embrace VCCS goals of increasing access to affordable education and training in preparation for workforce success and tripling the number of students graduating with associate degrees, transferring to a four-year institution and/or receiving a workforce credential.
Virginia Space Grant Consortium Receives 2014 Programs That Work Award from Virginia Mathematics & Science Coalition
The Virginia Aerospace Science and Technology Scholars (VASTS) program, operated by the Virginia Space Grant Consortium (VSGC), has received the prestigious 2014 Programs That Work Award from the Virginia Mathematics & Science Coalition (VMSC). The award recognizes exemplary mathematics, science, and integrated science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) programs for which there is evidence of a positive impact on student or teacher learning.
VASTS, a free program open to qualified high school juniors statewide, offers an exploration-themed, online course based on the exciting work of NASA. Students who perform well in the course are invited to one of three, one-week summer academies at NASA Langley Research Center where they work with science, technology and engineering mentors to design a human mission to Mars. Participants earn up to four college credits upon completion. Since inception in 2008, VASTS has educated 2460 students, who represent 100% of Virginia's legislative districts. The program is a partnership between VSGC and NASA Langley Research Centers with additional funding support from the Commonwealth of Virginia and industry.
Virginia Space Grant Consortium (VSGC) is pleased to announce the upcoming 2014-2016 integrative STEM program (inSTEP) for future STEM teachers. This two-year program serves to increase preservice students' understanding of STEM and how to teach integrative STEM in the classroom. The inSTEP preservice teachers must have demonstrated interest in teaching in grades 4-8, as well as science, technology, engineering, and/or mathematics. The program includes $5000 scholarship, FIRST Lego robotics training, conference travel and registration, travel support to two NASA Centers for innovative STEM training, and MORE!!!
Visit inSTEP to find out more information and apply.
Virginia Space Grant Consortium is funded in part by a NASA training grant.
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