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NASA Space Grant Consortium

Summary

Project: NASA Space Grant Consortium

Principal Investigator: Robert Eves

Funding Type: State

Funding Source: Utah Space Grant Consortium

Funding Amount: $10,000

College: Walter Maxwell Gibson College of Science & Engineering

Department: Physical Science

A state level grant from NASA provides funding to Southern Utah University for the development of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) programs.

The National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program consists of state-based, university-led Space Grant Consortia; each state receives annual funds to develop and implement outreach activities and scholarships aimed towards attracting and retaining student and teachers in the STEM disciplines who have interest and knowledge of the subject material.

For the 2015-16 year, the Utah Space Grant aims to provide 19 scholarships at the undergraduate level, providing financial support to undergraduate students pursuing STEM degrees. 12 fellowships are to be awarded at the graduate student level; applicants will develop research plans that contribute to NASA’s current and future science and technology goals. In addition, 4 students will be awarded with internships at NASA Centers with a stipend. Awardees will have the opportunity to develop research papers and present their work at the Utah Space Grant Consortium held in May of each year. This year’s 21st annual Fellowship Symposium of the Utah NASA Space Grant Consortium will be held on May 12, 2015, where students will be able to learn, network, and collaborate with other students, major professors, and affiliate members of the United Nations System and Global Challenges (UNSGC).

The Space Grant program targets underrepresented groups in the fields, such as women and minority groups. Over the years, a collaborative effort of Utah higher education institutions such as SUU, University of Utah, and BYU produced successful teacher workshops to schools with underrepresented groups and involvement in several Native American-focused programs and K-12 activities. Outreach to diverse population encourages success and development in STEM fields to these groups and increases diversity in the program.

$102,000 has been budgeted for higher education projects for the 2015-16 year. Included among these projects are SUU’s Science Olympiad, the Regional Science and Engineering Fair, and the sponsorship and development of STEM-related meetings and activities. These events and activities emphasize problem solving and hands-on experiences and allows students to participate in critical thinking and research processes. The projects’ aim is to encourage K-12 students within the community to continue their education in a STEM field and fostering educational growth in the community, developing a technologically literate workforce for the future.

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