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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

California Space Grant Wins New NASA Community College Award

December 3rd, 2014

The California Space Grant Consortium (CaSGC) is pleased to announce it has won an award in the National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program Competitive Opportunity for Partnerships with Community Colleges and Technical Schools.

Over the next two years the CaSGC will be working with 12 California community colleges to enhance Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM) preparation and provide a bridge opportunity for 300 community college students to study STEM fields at the university level. Read the rest of this entry »

Summer Undergraduate Experience at USC

December 3rd, 2014

University of Southern California Viterbi School of Engineering announces the 2015 Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE.) This REU program allows students completing their Sophomore or Junior year the opportunity to spend summer break working alongside USC’s world-class faculty on cutting-edge research in engineering and computer science. Read the rest of this entry »

NASA OPENS CUBE QUEST CHALLENGE FOR LARGEST-EVER PRIZE OF $5 MILLION

December 2nd, 2014

Registration now is open for NASA’s Cube Quest Challenge, the agency’s first in-space competition that offers the agency’s largest-ever prize purse. Read the rest of this entry »

Summer Opportunities for Undergraduate and Graduate Students

December 1st, 2014

Summer Undergraduate Research Experience at USC

NASA Langley Aerospace Research Student Scholars (LARSS)…

Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL)…

NASA Kennedy Space Center Pre-Service Teacher Institute (PSTI)…

Caltech’s Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURF)…

2013 Helicopter/UAV Program (CTSGC)

Rock On! 2013 Rocket Workshop (CSGC)

SNC Dream Chaser Intern Position (Sierra Nevada Space Systems)

2013 International Space Apps Challenge (NASA)

2013 NASA Academy


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Beyond Earth Orbit with the Orion Spacecraft

November 17th, 2014

The Orion team invites museums, schools, and home school families to participate in an interactive webcast featuring Lockheed Martin engineer Joe LeBlanc.  You may view the webcast as an individual at your personal computer or set up audio visual equipment in your museum or school for a large group to participate. Read the rest of this entry »

Undergraduate Engineering Seminar 11/19/14 3PM

November 10th, 2014

The California Space Grant Consortium is pleased to announce our Undergraduate Engineering Seminar Series, designed to introduce undergraduate students to funded research opportunities, internships and important information about careers in Engineering. Our next seminar in the series promises to provide students with valuable information as they pursue an education in Science and Engineering.

Upcoming Seminar will be Wednesday, Nov. 19  @ 3:00PM

Speaker: Spencer Ellis, M.S. Student at UCSD

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

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2014-2015 Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program

November 6th, 2014

The California Space Grant Consortium is pleased to announce its 2014-2015 Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP).

  • Scholarships in the amount of $1,000 will be awarded to California students.
  • Application Submission Period: November 6, 2014 – January 2, 2015.
  • Eligibility: Juniors and Seniors attending CaSGC Affiliate Universities and Colleges. Click here to view the affiliate list.

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Dr. Lynn Cominsky Receives Women in Aerospace Award

October 30th, 2014

The Women in Aerospace awards celebrate women’s professional excellence in aerospace, annually recognizing female leaders who have made outstanding contributions to the aerospace community. They recently selected six outstanding women for their contributions to the field and the California Space Grant is proud to count our own Lynn Cominsky as the recipient of the Aerospace Awareness Award. Read the rest of this entry »

NASA Administrator Addresses Orbital-3 Launch Mishap

October 30th, 2014

The following is a message from NASA Administrator Charles Bolden regarding the October 28th launch accident involving Orbital Sciences’ supply mission to the International Space Station.

The remarkable things that NASA does in space and on Earth are not easy.  While we are absolutely committed to ensuring that every mission is successful and all our people are safe, in rare instances, things do not go as expected. Read the rest of this entry »

Mars Orbiter Shows Comet Nucleus is Small

October 21st, 2014

The High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera on NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter captured views of comet C/2013 A1 Siding Spring while that visitor sped past Mars on Sunday (Oct. 19), yielding information about its nucleus.

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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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