NASA Pennsylvania Space Grant Consortium

Mini-Grants

The NASA PA Space Grant Consortium (PSGC) currently is requesting qualified proposals from accredited Pennsylvania colleges and universities through a competitive mini-grant program to support projects and programs in three program areas: Higher Education, Research Infrastructure, and Pre-College. The PSGC accepts and reviews proposals on a rolling basis. Award amounts are determined by the breadth and depth of the proposed work at three levels: $6,000, $12,000, and $25,000. Project efforts may begin in winter 2020, spring 2021, or summer 2021 and should be completed within one year.

Remote Operations

As the COVID-19 (coronavirus) situation continues to evolve, the PSGC’s administration office at Penn State University Park is proceeding with normal operations as we function in telework-mode.

The health and well-being of the students, faculty, staff and others who are engaged in PSGC-supported project activities is our highest priority and drives our decision-making. The PSGC will continue to pay stipends, internships, scholarships and fellowships as scheduled and will encourage principal investigators and project leads to be flexible and creative in moving projects forward.

Many PSGC Affiliate institutions and recipients of mini-grants have made changes to their academic schedules to focus on enhancing safety, minimizing travel and lowering the risk of spread of the virus. For the latest updates regarding Penn State’s approach, visit: https://sites.psu.edu/virusinfo/

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the PSGC’s programs or project activities, please do not hesitate to contact us at spacegrant@psu.edu.

Sincerely,

Dr. Christopher House, PSGC Director
Dr. Erin DiMaggio, PSGC PSU Undergraduate Research Programs Director
Carol Kearney High, PSGC Operations/Grants Manager
Kylie Bocklund, PSGC Program Delivery Specialist
Caitlin Teti, PSGC Education Program Assistant

The NASA Pennsylvania Space Grant Consortium administration office location is:
The Pennsylvania State University
Earth and Environmental Systems Institute
2217 Earth-Engineering Sciences Building, Suite 218
University Park, PA 16802-6813

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WMF

Visit the WISER/MURE/FURP undergraduate research internship programs website to learn more about the program and to apply (see Prospective Students tab).
Applications for 2021 cohort will open October 1st, 2020.

WISER:  Women in Science and Engineering Research
Open to all first-year students but focuses on supporting outstanding women interested in pursuing research on campus.

MURE: Minority Undergraduate Research Experience
Supporting underrepresented minority students interested in pursuing research on campus that are in their first-year, sophomore, or junior years. Minority students are defined as African-American, Hispanic, Native American, or Pacific Islander. Students of Asian descent are not considered minority students by NASA.

FURP: First-year Undergraduate Research Program
Open to all first-year students interested in research; those with economic hardship are encouraged to apply.

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Statewide Undergraduate Scholarship Program

The application process for the 2020-2021 academic year is closed. Click here for more information about the program:  https://sites.psu.edu/paspacegrant/opportunities/scholarships/state-wide-undergraduate-scholarships/

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Penn State Graduate Research Fellowship Program

The application process for the 2020-2021 academic year is closed. Click here for more information about the program: https://sites.psu.edu/paspacegrant/opportunities/fellowships-2/graduate-student-fellowships/