q Virginia Space Grant Consortium

Innovative Projects

VSGC supports a number of Innovative Projects every year. These projects cover many disciplines and target both K-12 and Higher Education projects.

The next call for proposals will go out in November 2024.

Dr. Ruben Delgado- Hampton University – Promoting Interdisciplinary Research in the Atmospheric Tidewater Environment

Bevlee Watford; Megan Moore; Cynthia Hampton – Virginia Tech – Reinventing STEM on Wheels

Dr. Matt Grau; Co-PI: Dr. Charles Sukenik – Old Dominion University  – High School Physics and Mathematics Teacher Professional Development of Integrated STEM through Arduinos at Old Dominion University

Mohamed Sanad Noufal – Hampton University –  Theory and Programmed Design-guided Innovation of PGM-free ORR Electro catalysts for self-powered fuel cells for space applications

Lisa Horth; Collab. PI’s: Kim Bullington; and Orlando Ayala – Old Dominion University – Veteran’s in Biology & Engineering (VIBE) Technical Training: A Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates, inclusive of Service Learning

Gregory Hunt; Rex Kincaid – William & Mary – Summer Collaborative Bridge: Connecting Student Summer Research Experiences across Academics and Industry

Sharan Asundi; Sandeep Kumar, Sandipan Dutta – Old Dominion University – Elucidating the Effect of Moon-like Magnetic Field Exposure in a Regolith Simulant Environment on Microalgae Chlorella vulgaris Growth and Bio Compound Production

Dr. Sampath Jayarathna; Dr. Wie Yusuf; Dr. Tom Allen; Dr. Nirmala Karunarathna; – Old Dominion University Research Foundation – CARE: Coastal Adaptation and Resilience Education

Dr. Gaurav Giri – University of Virginia – Summer Research Experience for Undergraduate Students: Metal-Organic Framework Polymer

Dr. Drew Landman; Shane Berry; Cole Burnette; Rob Stuart; Ryan Sternberg (student members) – Old Dominion University – Renovation and Modernization of FQM-117B RCMAT Testbeds for UAS education

Nathan Lau, PhD; Cindy Watson – Virginia Tech – Experiential Learning in Integrated Health Technology Engineering (ELIHTE)

Click here to view the full proposal.

For the 2022 Innovative Projects program, ten awards were made.

  • Melissa Stange – Laurel Ridge Community College – UAS Projects
  • Kim Lester; Perry Martin – Virginia Tech – Maker Monday (Pathways for Future Engineers)
  • Amrinder S. Nain – Virginia Tech – Summer Undergraduate Research: Cell contractility and migration along fibers in microgravity
  • Shuhai Xiao – Virginia Tech – Nurturing the next generation of astrobiologists and widening the participation of underrepresented groups in space science through summer research experience
  • R. Clay Wright – Virginia Tech – CUREing a sustainable future with chemical biosensors and a diverse, motivated workforce for biomanufacturing
  • Gregory J. Hunt; Rex Kincaid – William & Mary – Summer Collaborative Bridge: Connecting Student Summer Research Experiences across Academics and Industry
  • Victoria Corbin; Kristi DeCourcy – Virginia Tech – Professional Development Workshop at Virginia Tech for High School Teachers of Physics, Chemistry, Data Analytics, Earth Science, and Microbiology
  • Catherine A. Dukes; Jonathan C. Tan; Ilse Cleeves; Robin Garrod; Eric; Zhi-Yun Li; Steve Macko; Jon Ramsey; Xiao Hu; Dr. Duo Xu; Michael Küffmeier; Dr. Adam Woodson – University of Virginia – Virginia Initiative on Cosmic Origins (VICO) Summer Undergraduate Research Positions (2022)
  • Gaurav Giri, Na Ren; Arif Karim – University of Virginia – Summer Research Experience for Undergraduate Students: Metal Organic Framework Thin Films for Advanced Flexible Electronics and Air Filtration Membranes
  • Orlando Ayala; Rafael Landaeta; Tyler Cason; Sydney Fletcher; Ryan Long; Ryan Snoddy – Old Dominion University – Projects for Engineering Student Outreach (PESO)

For the 2021 Innovative Projects program, thirteen awards were made totaling over $112,488. Areas of interest included: programs that include activities related to NASA’s Artemis Mission for Moon and Mars exploration; programs relating to Earth System Science that use data from NASA missions; summer research experiences for undergraduate students; service-learning experiences for undergraduate students, including but not limited to those that involve unmanned autonomous systems; space flight programs; and teacher professional development programs. The winners are listed below:

 

At Old Dominion University, Orlando Ayala was awarded funding for a project titled “2021 ODU Remote Experience for Young Engineers and Scientists REYES“.

 

Old Dominion University’s Sampath Jayarathna was awarded funding for a student flight project titled “STARS: Secondary Teachers as Researchers with Satellites“.

 

Old Dominion University’s Sharan Asundi was awarded funding for a student flight project titled “Development of a Novel Remote Sensing Receiver (DiBAR), and Impedance Probe, and a Visual+NIR Sensor for a 3U CubeSat Technology Demonstration of In-Situ Space Measurement and Earth Remote Sensing“.

 

Also at Old Dominion University, Dimirie Popescu was awarded funding for a student flight project titled “STEM Outreach Activities Using the ODU Satellite Ground Station“.

 

At Southwest Virginia Community College, Kevin Stilwell and Ryan Dorkoski were awarded funding for a project titled “Utilization of Remote Sensing in Undergraduate Biodiversity Research

 

At the University of Virginia, Giri Gaurav was awarded funding for a project titled “Summer Research Experience for Undergraduate Students: Metal Organic Framework Thin Films for Electronic, Filtration and Sensing Applications“.

 

At Virginia Tech, Pinar Acar, was awarded funds for a project titled “Data-Driven Design of Composite Materials for Aerospace Components“.

 

Virginia Tech’s Carl Dietrich was awarded Funds for a project titled “Enhancement of Remotely-accessible, Low-cost, Portable Antenna Range for Outreach and Instruction“.

 

Also at Virginia Tech, F. Marc Michel was awarded funds for a project titled “Nanoscience Professional Development Workshop for High School Teachers in STEM“.

 

Virginia Tech’s Bevlee Watford and Kim Lester were awarded funds for a project titled “Project Water Works“.

 

Virginia Tech’s final recipients, Eric Wiseman, John McGee, Daniel Cross, and Randy Wynne were awarded funds for a project titled “UAV’s and Urban Forestry: A Student Service Learning Project to Identify Invasive Species“.

 

At William & Mary, Gregory Hunt was awarded funding for a project titled “Summer Collaborative Bridge: Connecting Student Summer Research Experience across Academics and Industry“.

 

Also at William & Mary, Margaret Saha was awarded funding for a project titled “Broadening Participation in Artemis-Related Research: Inclusiveness and Sustainability“.