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The Virginia Space Grant Consortium (VSGC) is a coalition of five Virginia colleges and universities, NASA, state educational agencies, Virginia's Center for Innovative Technology, and other institutions representing diverse aerospace education and research.

The VSGC acts as an umbrella organization, coordinating and developing aerospace-related and high technology educational and research efforts throughout the Commonwealth and connecting Virginia's effort to national community of shared aerospace interests.

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News and Announcements

Free Technology Exploration Saturdays for 7th and 8th graders

The Virginia Space Grant Consortium is offering free Technology Exploration Saturdays for Peninsula 7th and 8th graders. For a printable (pdf) flier, click here.

Applications can be found here.

 

HRCyber Workforce and Economic Development Summit

The HRCyber Workforce and Development Summit will be held on Friday, October 27 at the Old Dominion University Virginia Beach Higher Education Center. For more information, visit the HRCyber website.

 

Virginia Space Grant Consortium Announces 2018 and 2019 Scholarship and Fellowship Opportunities!

The Virginia Space Grant Consortium (VSGC) is pleased to announce the 2018 and 2019 Scholarship and Fellowship Program. Each academic year the VSGC awards over $300,000 in scholarships and fellowships to students attending Virginia Space Grant member institutions and majoring in a science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM) field.

Research proposals from students majoring in any STEM field and working on a project that supports NASA's mission are welcomed. VSGC can assist students and faculty in identifying appropriate research projects.

The Undergraduate STEM Research Scholarship Program provides a one-year scholarship of up to $8,500 to support undergraduate students actively engaged in a research project with a faculty mentor. Contact: Joyce Kuberek at jkuberek@odu.edu or call 757-766-5210. Deadline to apply is February 5, 2018.

The Graduate STEM Research Fellowship Program provides $6,000 in support to graduate students actively engaged in a research project with a faculty mentor. The Graduate Fellowship is add-on support for students and is renewable for one year. Contact: Joyce Kuberek at jkuberek@odu.edu or call 757-766-5210. Deadline to apply is February 5, 2018.

The STEM Bridge Scholarship Program provides $1,000 renewable awards to sophomore students from any federally recognized minority group enrolled full-time in a program of study in STEM at one of the five Virginia Space Grant member universities. Contact: Joyce Kuberek at jkuberek@odu.edu or call 757-766-5210. Deadline to apply is March 12, 2018.

Please display and distribute the enclosed flyers to interested students and faculty. The VSGC is especially seeking applications from underrepresented minorities, females, and persons with disabilities. You may reproduce the flyer as needed. Complete program information including student eligibility and a link to the online application are available on our website in the Scholarships/Fellowships/Internships tab to the left.

Links to the flyers can be found here:

Undergraduate STEM Research Scholarship Program

Graduate STEM Research Scholarship Program

STEM Bridge Scholarship Program

Community College STEM Scholarship Program

If you require further program information or additional copies of any flyers please contact us at vsgc@odu.edu or call us at (757) 766-5210.

New University Competition Guidelines Announced

Above: The 2017 ACRP University Design Competition winners traveled to Washington, D.C. in July to receive their awards.

New guidelines are available for the 2017-2018 ACRP University Design Competition for Addressing Airport Needs. We hope that faculty will encourage university students to participate in the competition which offers open-ended, real-world challenges that cross many science, engineering and business disciplines, including computer science. This is often done as part of a capstone design course, for independent credit or as a student professional society project. VSGC manages the Competition on behalf of the Airport Cooperative Research Program of the National Transportation Board of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine.

Students win cash prizes and the university receives special recognition. This year we have increased the award amounts for the first and second place teams. First place will receive $3000, second place will receive $2000, and third place will receive $1000. In addition to presenting their designs at an awards ceremony at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, first place winners will present at a fall national professional meeting relevant to their topic.

Guidelines for the 2017 - 2018 academic year competition are available here. Please share the guidelines with anyone that may be interested in participating in the program.

In addition to last year's extensive range of topics, the following new topics have been added; one in each of the four challenge areas:

  • Operation and maintenance procedures to enhance sustainability and resilience at airports.
  • Optimizing NextGen technology to improve runway safety in particular and airport safety in general.
  • Enhancing potential for resilience and sustainability of airport improvement projects in response to climate change effects or other naturally occurring catastrophic events.
  • Planning for the integration and mitigation of possible impacts of drones into the airport environment.
Please contact Sarah Pauls by email at acrp@odu.edu if you have any questions or need additional information.

Virginia Teacher attends LiftOff 2017 Summer Institute

The VSGC sponsored Jessica Sain's attendance at NASA's Liftoff Summer Institute for educators in Houston this summer. You can read all about it on her blog.

 

Cybersecurity Video Series: Breaking the Code on a Career in Cybersecurity

The Virginia Space Grant Consortium has developed a free video series, Breaking the Code on a Career in Cybersecurity. Five short videos provide background on the importance of cybersecurity in our computer and data-driven world. Practicing cyber professionals across many disciplines talk about their work and their career paths, offering tips on how to prepare for a cybersecurity career. Links to other key resources are also noted. The programs showcase the wide range of cybersecurity jobs that involve the protection of our vulnerable systems from hackers. To view the video series click here.