Virginia Earth System Science Scholars (VESSS), 2018
STEM Takes Flight, a NASA Research Experience
STEM Takes Flight, A NASA Research Experience, 2018


Virginia CubeSat Constellation
Virginia CubeSat Constellation

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. Learn more about VSGC here.

Internships: The Commonwealth STEM Industry Internship Program (CSIIP) offers year-round internships for Virginia undergraduates in STEM fields. Register today!

The deadline for STEM Takes Flight NASA Research Experiences, for Virginia Community College students, is February 26, 2019.

Scholarships: Visit our scholarships and fellowships page!

High School Programs: Application deadline is in November 2019 for the 2020 programs of VASTS, VESSS and Virginia Space Coast Scholars.

A giant leap towards space for Virginia university students took place on February 26 when students from three Virginia universities delivered their small satellites to NanoRacks in Houston to be integrated into the Company’s commercially developed CubeSat deployer (NRCSD) and then launched on Northrop Grumman’s Antares to the International Space Station.

Read more on the Virginia CubeSat Constellation website here and in the attached press release.

STEM internships
Morgan Re, this summer at NHERI, standing in front of the mobile shaker used to test the RAPs in-situ at the Christchurch, NZ site.

NAME: Abigail “Morgan” Re


HOMETOWN: Winchester, Virginia


VSGC PROGRAMS: VSCS, VASTS, VESSS (as student and intern), STEM Bridge Scholarship Program


EDUCATIONDouble majoring in Biological Systems Engineering and Professional and Technical Writing, minoring in Geosciences and Horticulture at Virginia Tech.


Read more about Morgan Re here.



Million in Scholarships Awarded in Virginia


Students in Pre-College Programs in 10 years


Middle School STEM students impacted


VASTS alumni from 72 schools

History of the Virginia Space
Grant Consortium

In 1987, a joint congressional study panel met to address a number of issues facing the aerospace industry and the Nation, among them a looming shortage of workers prepared for a high tech workforce and a decline in scholastic achievement, especially in the disciplines of math and science.  Congress was also concerned with building research infrastructure at our Nation’s institutions of higher education.  Congress passed legislation in 1988 which established the National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program.  The Virginia Space Grant Consortium received its designation from NASA in 1989. You can visit NASA’s National Space Grant website here.

Virginia Space Grant Consortium
Virginia Space Grant Consortium

Dr. Timothy Sands, Chair
President, Virginia Polytechnic and State University

Dr. John Broderick
President, Old Dominion University

Mr. Ed Albrigo
President and CEO, Center for Innovative Technology

James E. Ryan
President, University of Virginia

Dr. William R. Harvey
President, Hampton University

Dr. Katherine A. Rowe
President, College of William and Mary

Dr. Glenn DuBois
Chancellor, Virginia Community College System

Dr. Peter Blake 
Interim Director, State Council of Higher Education

The VSGC advisory council includes representatives from each member institution who serve as the liaison for their respective institution. Members include Old Dominion University, Virginia Tech, William and Mary, University of Virginia, Hampton University, the Virginia Community College System, the Virginia Department of Education, Virginia Air and Space Center, Science Museum of Virginia, ODU Research Foundation, NASA Wallops Flight Facility, NASA Langley Research Center, MathScience Innovation Center and Center for Innovative Technology.

For the full list, click here.

Virginia Space Grant Consortium
Virginia Space Grant Consortium
Our Strategic Plan

Mission Statement: The Virginia Space Grant Consortium acts as an umbrella organization, coordinating and developing quality aerospace-related, high technology, educational, workforce development and research efforts throughout the Commonwealth.

Vision: To serve as a catalyst for, and partner in, the enhancement of aerospace-related and high technology education, workforce development and research in the Commonwealth to foster enhanced quality of life for Virginia through workforce development and increased public science literacy.