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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 interests. 

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 a national community of shared aerospace interests.  The VSGC leverages each dollar of NASA support with more than five dollars of state and other funding to offer a wide range of programs and activities in concert with NASA’s national Space Grant goals.

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.

NASA Space Grant Goals

  • Establish state and national networks of universities with capabilities in aerospace-related fields.
  • Promote strong science, math, engineering and technology education from elementary through university levels.
  • Foster workplace development through building the nation's talent pool in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields.
  • Develop cooperative programs among universities, all levels of government and industry.
  • Build aerospace-related research infrastructure at Virginia’s Space Grant Universities.
  • Recruit women, underrepresented minorities, and the disabled for careers in math, science, engineering and technology.
  • Encourage an interdisciplinary approach to fields relating to aerospace/aeronautics.
  • Enhance public awareness of the benefits of aerospace-related research and exploration.

Virginia Space Grant Consortium Staff
(All staff can be reached at 757-766-5210 unless otherwise noted)

Mary Sandy
Chris Carter
Deputy Director
Ian Cawthray
Education Programs Coordinator
Janet Dotzauer
Program Specialist
Sherry DiBari
Media Specialist
Nicole Shaw
Administrative Assistant
Priscilla Hill
Administrative Assistant
Kelly Wilson
Administrative Assistant
Rudo Kashiri
Education Programs Manager
Tysha Sanford
STEM Education Specialist
Kirsten Manning
STEM Education Specialist
Pam Michaels
Debbie Murray
Program Manager
Scott Bellows
Technology Programs Coordinator
Sarah Pauls
Program Specialist
Joyce Corriere
STEM Education Specialist
Joyce Kuberek
STEM Education Specialist