Category Archives: News and Announcements

Launching 2 Learn Opportunity

NASA is pleased to offer the Launching 2 Learn program this summer.  This opportunity is available for rising college freshmen and sophomores majoring in a STEM degree. There are 15 slots available for students to learn how to build and launch level 1 and level 2 high powered rockets, and learn all the math and science involved.  Continue reading

Congratulations to UCSD’s TEAM REKK for NASA’s 2016 Micro-g NExT Competition

With support from CaSGC, congratulations to UC San Diego’s Team REKK (UCSD students Richard Valle, Euan Tan, Kristine Khieu, and Kyle Gillespie) for their winning entry, the RECC (Rock Extraction Chipping Container), for NASA ‘s 2016 Micro-g NExT  Competition held at the NASA Johnson Space Bouyancy Laboratory (NBL) in April 2016. Team REKK focused on mining an asteroid and developed a tool capable of safely chipping through regolith and collecting samples from four different sites while preventing cross contamination. Their design proposal was selected in December 2015, and the team was invited to build and test their tool design at NBL. In addition, Team REKK conducts community outreach targeting the under-served youth of San Diego with Space Day 2016 at the San Diego Air and Space Museum as their most recent event held May 14, 2016. At the event, Team REKK taught kids about microgravity conditions though a neutral buoyancy experiment. For more information on Team REKK, please visit their website at:

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Micro-g Neutral Buoyancy Experiment Design Teams (Micro-g NExT) program challenges undergraduate students to design build, and test a tool or device that addresses an authentic, current space exploration problem. The overall experience includes hands-on engineering design, test operations, and educational/public outreach. Test operations are conducted in the simulated microgravity environment of the NASA Johnson Space Center Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory (NBL).

Teams will propose design and prototyping of a tool or simulant identified by NASA engineers as necessary in space exploration missions. Professional NBL divers will test the tools and students will direct the divers from the Test Conductor Room of the NBL facility. For more information , please visit:

2 CaSGC Affiliates are Award Recipients of the NASA USIP Student Flight Research Opportunities

Congratulations to our two affiliates, Sonoma State University and UC San Diego, for each winning  one of the Undergraduate Student Instrument Project (USIP) Student Flight Research Opportunities.

NASA will award more than $8 million through the competitively selected USIP to 47 teams of undergraduate students to conduct hands-on flight research.

Through the USIP program, NASA seeks to build science, technical, leadership and project skills among undergraduate students by offering them real-world experience in developing and flying science or technology experiments that are relevant to NASA’s missions.

89 proposals were received in response to a joint solicitation from NASA’s Office of Education, working through the National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program, and the agency’s Science Mission Directorate (SMD) in Washington. The 47 selected projects will fly on suborbital and orbital vehicle platforms, such as CubeSats, aircraft, sounding rockets, balloons and other commercial platforms. NASA will cover launch and flight costs, and each award has a two-year period of performance. Award amounts depend on the project and range from $50,000 to $200,000.

Congratulations again to Sonoma State University and Dr. Lynn Cominksy for the project entitled, EdgeCube: A 1U Global Monitor for Earth’s Ecosystems, and UC San Diego and Dr. John Kosmatka for the project entitled, Solar-Powered Unmanned Aircraft System for Long-Endurance Enviromental Monitoring.

NASA Press Release, April 6, 2016



WEBINAR: How to Apply for NASA Opportunities

Do you want to do something really exciting this summer?

OSSI (One Stop Shop Initiative) is a NASA-wide system for the recruitment, application, selection and career development of undergraduate and graduate students primarily in science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines. The California Space Grant and NASA will present a really informative webinar that will teach you how to find and apply for some of the most desirable internships and programs available to students interested in science. Continue reading

Space Life Sciences Program Accepting Applications

The Space Life Sciences Training Program (SLSTP) is seeking student applications for the 2016 summer program, which will run from June 13 to August 19, 2016 at NASA Ames Research Center. The Space Life Sciences Training Program (SLSTP) provides undergraduate students entering their junior or senior years with professional experience in space life science disciplines. The primary goal of the program is to train the next generation of scientists and engineers, enabling NASA to meet future research and development challenges in the space life sciences.

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Undergraduate Research Opportunity Announcement

2016 Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program

The California Space Grant Consortium is pleased to announce its 2016 Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP).  Scholarships in the amount of $1,000 will be awarded to eligible California students who are selected. If you are a Junior or a Senior in college attending a CaSGC Affiliate University please apply during the January 11, 2016 through March 4, 2016 application period.

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NASA/JPL Paid Summer Internships

NASA is excited to announce a great opportunity for students to apply for a paid summer internship at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.  The JPL Summer Internship Program offers 10-week, full-time summer opportunities to undergraduate and graduate students pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering or mathematics. Continue reading

NASA Academy 2016

The 2016 NASA Academy is being offered at three locations: NASA’s Ames Research Center in California, NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Ohio, and NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Alabama. Applications are being solicited for this 10-week summer experience for college students with emphasis on immersive and integrated multidisciplinary exposure and training. Activities include laboratory research, a group project, lectures, meetings with experts and administrators, visits to NASA centers and space-related industries, and technical presentations. Continue reading