Virginia Space Grant Consortium
Virginia Space Grant Consortium
Virginia Space Grant Consortium
Virginia Space Grant Consortium


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!

Scholarships: Visit our scholarships and fellowships page!

High School Programs: Application deadline is November 10 for VASTS, VESSS and Virginia Space Coast Scholars. Pathways Flight Academies will open on November 1 and close on January 12.

Beginning March 17, Virginia Space Grant Consortium staff will  be teleworking and will not be in the office. This will continue as long as needed and until further notice is provided.  Please contact staff directly via email or contact Kelly Wilson at kawilson@odu.edu and she can forward your message accordingly.  VSGC has a temporary alternate voice message machine set up at 757-357-2296.  Thank you for your patience and understanding while we work through this trying time.

Shannon Cofield, Planetary Geologist and PhD candidate at Old Dominion University.

NAME: Shannon Cofield


RESEARCH: “My research utilizes Arctic sedimentology to reconstruct Arctic climates during glacial periods. Additionally, I work with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory to develop orbital geologic maps on Mars. Our maps are being used by the MSL Curiosity rover team to plan daily science missions, and to select a final landing site for the upcoming Mars2020 Rover.”


VSGC PROGRAMS: VSGC Graduate Research Fellowship awardee (2017-2018 and 2018-2019)


EDUCATIONPhD candidate in the Ocean, Earth, and Atmospheric Department at Old Dominion University.


Watch the full-frame interview (youtube) with Shannon Cofield here.


Learn more about Shannon 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.

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.

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.