The NASA National Space Grant College & Fellowship Program

NASA initiated the National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program, also known as Space Grant, in 1989. Space Grant is a national network of colleges and universities. These institutions are working to expand opportunities for Americans to understand and participate in NASA's aeronautics and space projects by supporting and enhancing science and engineering education, research and public outreach efforts. The Space Grant national network includes over 850 affiliates from universities, colleges, industry, museums, science centers, and state and local agencies. These affiliates belong to one of 52 consortia in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

The 52 consortia fund fellowships and scholarships for students pursuing careers in science, mathematics, engineering and technology, or STEM, as well as curriculum enhancement and faculty development. Member colleges and universities also administer pre-college and public service education projects in their states.

The Oklahoma Space Grant Consortium represents a statewide partnership of four charter institutional affiliates (The University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma State University, Cameron University, Langston University), four regional institutional affiliates (East Central University, Southeastern Oklahoma State University, Southern Nazarene University, and Southwestern Oklahoma State University), two academic affiliates (Application Engineering Program, Center for Spatial Analysis), two industrial affiliates (Frontier Electronic Systems Corporation, Science Applications International Corporation), one city government affiliate (Norman Economic Development Coalition), and five informal science education affiliates (Kirkpatrick Air and Space Museum at Omniplex, STARBASE Oklahoma, Inc., K20 Center, Space Explorers, Inc., Tom Stafford Air and Space Museum) working to enhance opportunities for Oklahomans to understand and participate in NASA’s mission directorates by supporting programs in science, mathematics, engineering, technology, education, geography, and other aeronautics and space related disciplines throughout the state.

Dr. Mark Micozzi, Associate Professor in the Department of Cartography and Geography, is the institutional representative for East Central University. Under the National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program, funding for undergraduate research and scholarship, campus and community projects, conference travel, visits to NASA Centers of Excellence, and financial assistance are a few examples in which funds may benefit undergraduates at ECU. For more information, please contact Dr. Micozzi at 580-559-5398. For more information about the Fellowship Program visit http://calspace.ucsd.edu/spacegrant.

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E-mail Dr. Mark Micozzi if you have any questions or comments.