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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

2013-2014 Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program

January 8th, 2014

The California Space Grant Consortium is pleased to announce its 2013-2014 Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP).

  • Scholarships in the amount of $1,000 will be awarded to California students.

Student Research Takes Flight

January 8th, 2014

David Salazar

California Space Grant Consortium (CaSGC) student David Salazar was very busy in 2013.  As the recipient of a CaSGC Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program Scholarship, the recent college graduate took a leadership role in an exciting scientific experiment conducted in the Mojave Desert of California. Read the rest of this entry »

NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship Opportunity

November 25th, 2013

NASA has announced a call for graduate fellowship proposals for the NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship (NESSF) Program-2014/2015 Academic Year (proposals due 2/3/14).  Individuals from accredited U.S. Universities who are pursuing Masters or Doctoral degrees in Earth and Space Sciences or related disciplines are invited to apply. The purpose of NESSF is to ensure continued training of a highly qualified workforce in disciplines needed to achieve NASA’s scientific goals. Read the rest of this entry »

2013 NASA Interns

November 21st, 2013

We are proud of our California Space Grant Summer 2013 NASA Interns:

  • Eric Gutierrez, Stanford University (NASA Dryden Aeronautics Academy)
  • Nathan Suppanade, CSU Los Angeles (NASA Dryden Aeronautics Academy)
  • Samira Motiwala, Stanford University (NASA Ames Internship)
  • Noelle Oguri, UC Davis (NASA Academy at Ames Research Center)
  • Darren Sholes, Cal Poly–San Luis Obispo (NASA JPL Space Grant Internship)
  • Paula S. Adhikari, University of Southern California (NASA JPL Space Grant Internship)
  • Alexie Pogue, UC San Diego (NASA Ames Internship)
  • Jeffrey Friesen, UC San Diego (NASA Ames Internship)

These students were able to apply classroom knowledge to exciting real-world projects, gaining experience far beyond any classroom. Through NASA internships, our students become leaders with a deeper understanding of NASA objectives and outstanding real-world aerospace expertise.
For photos and personal statements, click here.

Student Spotlight: Javier Gonzalez-Rocha

November 7th, 2013

Javier Gonzalez-Rocha

Javier Gonzalez-Rocha was taught from a young age to value education as a means to overcoming poverty and achieving a better quality of life. From his early beginnings growing up in a farm worker family, Javier was fascinated with flight and space exploration. Read the rest of this entry »

Undergraduate Engineering Seminar November 19, 2013

October 30th, 2013

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

  • Speaker: Terrance V. Yee, President and CEO Black Sun Planetary Solutions
  • When: Tuesday, November 19 from 3PM to 4PM
  • Where: UC San Diego’s Jacobs Hall, Room 2512, Henry G. Booker Room Read the rest of this entry »

CaSGC UCLA Campus Director Discusses NASA Dawn Mission

October 24th, 2013

Professor Christopher Russell, the California Space Grant Consortium’s campus director for UC Los Angeles, was invited to give a talk at the National Council of Space Grant Directors Fall Meeting in Charleston, South Carolina in October. Supported by the California Space Grant, the presentation was entitled The Dawn Discovery Mission: A Voyage in Space and Time.

Chris Russell (center) with CaSGC Director John Kosmatka and Asst. Director Tehseen Lazzouni

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CaSGC Undergraduate Engineering Seminar

October 24th, 2013

The California Space Grant Consortium is pleased to resume our Undergraduate Engineering Seminars, designed to introduce undergraduate students to funded research opportunities.

Upcoming Seminar will be Wednesday, October 30, 2013 from 3:00 to 4:00.

Speaker: Jeff Friesen, Ph.D Student, UC San Diego

Where: UC San Diego’s Jacobs Hall, Room 2512, Henry G. Booker Room Read the rest of this entry »

Request for Proposals: MESA Community College Program Lab Research Experience

October 23rd, 2013

The California Space Grant Consortium is pleased to announce a new solicitation:

The MESA Community College Laboratory Research Experience

With the objectives of:

  • Encouraging and preparing students in associate degree programs for STEM degrees and careers
  • Increasing participation of underrepresented minorities and females in STEM.

Notices of Intent (Optional and Non-Binding) Due: November 22, 2013
Proposals Due: January 17, 2014
Performance Period: March 1, 2014 through May 31, 2014

Award Amount: $10,000
Number of Awards: Up to two
Click here for the solicitation.

If you have questions please contact Tehseen Lazzouni.

California Space Grant / IDEA Student Center Research Scholarships

October 17th, 2013

IDEA Student Center Scholars

The California Space Grant Consortium and The IDEA Student Center at the University of California, San Diego joined efforts this year to award research scholarships to ten deserving IDEA Scholars. Selected students were awarded $1,000 each and were asked to create a project related to Smart Solar Farms, under the guidance of UCSD Professor Carlos Coimbra.

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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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