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California Space Grant Consortium (CaSGC)

In 1988, Congress passed the National Space Grant Act to establish a National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program. NASA accepted the Congressional mandate to manage this higher education program, designed to provide activities that increase the understanding, assessment, development, and utilization of aerospace resources and to expand the educational, scientific, and research base of all aerospace-related fields. The CaSGC is one of 52 consortia (representing every state, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia) that administer programs in three areas of university and NASA concern: research, education & workforce development, and public outreach (click here for national link). The University of California, San Diego (UCSD) is the lead institution for the CaSGC. The CaSGC is part of the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE) department at UCSD and provides the administrative leadership for the CaSGC.

News & Events

CaSGC Southern California Affiliate Meeting

April 20th, 2014

On Friday, April 18, 2014 the California Space Grant Consortium (CaSGC) held its Southern California affiliate meeting at University of California, Los Angeles. The meeting was attended by staff from NASA / Jet Propulsion Laboratory, NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center, affiliates, partners, and students from the Los Angeles metropolitan area, San Diego, and Sacramento, and CaSGC Headquarters staff.

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CaSGC Undergraduate Engineering Seminar 5/21/14

April 19th, 2014

The California Space Grant Consortium is pleased to announce the eighth in a series of  Undergraduate Engineering Seminars, designed to introduce undergraduate students to funded research opportunities.

Upcoming seminar will be Wednesday, May 21, 2014 @ 3:00PM

Speaker: Phuong Truong, Structural Engineering,  UCSD

Where: UC San Diego’s Jacobs Hall, Room 2512, Henry G. Booker Room

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  • NASA Scholarship Opportunities-Apply Now

    April 17th, 2014

    The NASA Office of Education Scholarship and  NASA Aeronautics Scholarship have been announced. Students are invited to apply for these exciting opportunities now. Applications are due by May 16, 2014. Read the rest of this entry »

    CaSGC Bay Area Affiliate Meeting

    March 30th, 2014

    On Friday, March 28, 2014 the California Space Grant Consortium (CaSGC) held its affiliate meeting at NASA Ames Research Center. The meeting was attended by NASA Ames Office of Education staff, affiliates and partners from the Bay Area, Central Valley, and Southern California along with their students, and CaSGC Headquarters staff.

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    Be a Mentor and Make a Difference

    March 11th, 2014

    The California Space Grant Consortium is proud to assist the community of Clairemont in recruiting college students to act as mentors for The Students Spaceflight Experiment Program offered through the National Center for Earth and Space Science Education.

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    New NASA Online Systems Engineering Course

    February 21st, 2014

    Space Systems Engineering, a new massive open online course or MOOC from NASA and the Saylor Foundation, launches on Monday, March 3, 2014. The six-week general-audience course is available to the public at no cost and provides a unique opportunity to learn from and alongside NASA’s engineers. Students who participate can earn a free certificate.

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    CaSGC 2014 Rocket Project Solicitation

    February 7th, 2014

    The California Space Grant Consortium (CaSGC) is pleased to announce the 2014 Rocket Project Solicitation. Student teams may apply for funding for participation in national High Power Rocketry (HPR) competitions. Up to $10,000 has been allocated to support up to five student teams at $2,000 per team. The objectives of this funding are to:

    • Encourage the formation of student led rocket teams that participate in national rocket competitions and
    • Support high-quality hands-on interdisciplinary Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) team projects.

    Proposals are to be submitted by student teams and their faculty advisors by March 17, 2014.

    Please click here for solicitation and contact tlazzouni@ucsd.edu with any questions.

    NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts Symposium

    January 13th, 2014

    The NASA Space Technology Mission Directorate would like to invite you to the 2014 NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts Symposium at Stanford University February 4-6. Read the rest of this entry »

    AggieMentors at UC Davis

    January 10th, 2014

    California Space Grant Consortium affiliate UC Davis runs AggieMentors, a college-access program that is part of EnvironMentors, a national program of the National Council for Science and the Environment.

    The primary goal of AggieMentors is to prepare socio-economically challenged high school students for university degree programs and opportunities in Environmental Sciences, Resource Management and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math). Read the rest of this entry »

    RockOn 2014 Registration Now Open

    January 8th, 2014

    RockOn 2014 is a hands on workshop held at NASA Wallops Flight Facility. During the workshop, teams of three build a sounding rocket payload from a kit and launch it into space. Since 2008, more than 240 people have participated in this exciting opportunity.  Click here to learn more.

    Contact Information

    California Space Grant Consortium
    California Space Grant Consortium
    9500 Gilman Drive, Dept. 0411
    La Jolla, CA, 92093-0411 USA
    Tel: 858.822.1597
    Fax: 858.534.7840

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