University of North Dakota Faculty/Staff Newsletter

ND Space Grant Consortium receives award

The North Dakota Space Grant Consortium (NDSGC) recently received $860,000 from NASA's Department of Education to promote STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) North Dakota colleges through "hands on" student projects, scholarships and fellowships for students, summer internships at NASA centers and seed research.

ND Space Grant is a statewide program and all colleges and universities in NDUS are members of the consortium. The grant program for NASA was created to guarantee space-related studies and exploration in the United States and to use the varying opportunities awaiting students in space-related fields.

NDSGC hopes to encourage college students in North Dakota to become involved in NASA research.

All students at the state’s tribal colleges, public colleges and universities are eligible to participate. The space grant provides money for projects pertaining to five Research Focus Areas: small satellite development; astronomical/planetary sciences; earth sciences; materials sciences; and human spaceflight development.

North Dakota originally became affiliated with NASA when it received a Space Grant College Capability Enhancement Grant from NASA in 1990. Currently, UND Space Studies is home to the headquarters of the North Dakota Space Grant Program.

-- David L. Dodds, media relations/writer and editor, University Relations, 777.5529,

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