Updates

Upcoming Opportunities 

There are quite a few upcoming opportunities happening over the next couple of months and the MSGC team wants to make sure that you are updated on the latest challenges, programs, internships, contests etc. 

Let the MSGC team know if you plan on participating by sending an email to mispacegrant@umich.edu.

Decadal Survey on Biological and Physical Sciences Research in Space 2023-2032
Research Campaign Whitepaper Deadline: Dec. 23
https://myumi.ch/r8ze7
The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine is seeking white papers for a decadal survey to formulate a community consensus about the most compelling science questions for the decade ahead. This community-driven process provides a rare opportunity for scientists and engineers to share their insights and help shape the scientific endeavors of the next decade.

 

University Student Design Challenge 2021-2022
Registration Deadline: Dec. 31
https://myumi.ch/z1rbn
NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio, is hosting a 2021-22 University Student Design Challenge with two aeronautics-themed projects. The competition is open to teams of full-time undergraduate juniors or seniors enrolled at accredited U.S. academic institutions. Multidisciplinary teams are encouraged. Each university or college team must have at least one faculty advisor. Participants will have access to subject matter experts at Glenn to serve as mentors for the teams.

 

Rubicon’s Project Clear Constellation
Accepting Teams through: Dec 31
https://myumi.ch/GkXjZ
A new program devised to confront the growing problem of space waste. Left unaddressed, this issue will compound itself with each passing day, posing a grave threat to future space exploration and to the very lives of the brave men and women who serve on these missions. The centerpiece of the program is the Clear Constellation competition, in which colleges and universities across the United States are invited to submit design concepts for solutions to help clean up space debris. Our panel of experts will judge submissions, and the winning entry will be awarded a cash prize of $100,000!

 

2022 U.S. Department of Energy Scholars Fellow Program
Deadline: Jan. 7, 2022
https://myumi.ch/M9wX4
Antiquated school facilities can lead to internal air quality problems that aggravate respiratory illnesses and reduce student and teacher performance, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Two scientific systematic reviews concluded that inadequate building ventilation is associated with the increased risk of transmission of respiratory infections, including COVID-19 and many others. Several studies have also found that fresh air is critical for keeping students alert and healthy, while spaces with low ventilation rates are associated with lower average daily attendance, slower speed in completing tasks, and higher rates of suspension. In addition, extensive research compiled by the 21st Century Schools Fund also linked school facility deterioration to negative impacts on both student and teacher performance. These health and safety problems disproportionately impact schools in disadvantaged communities serving low-income student populations, which also suffer from dirtier outdoor air and are less likely to have dedicated facility managers.

 

NASA’s Space Life Sciences Training Program Summer Internship 2022
Application Deadline: Jan. 10, 2022, at 8 p.m. EST
https://myumi.ch/ovVEx
NASA’s Space Life Sciences Training Program (SLSTP) is a challenging 10-week experience that pairs students with renowned NASA scientists and engineers working on cutting-edge bioscience research. SLSTP Summer 2022 will include Ames Space Biology-related projects ranging from synthetic biology to bioinformatics to machine learning and spaceflight experiments. Applicants must be U.S. citizens ages 18 or older in high academic standing (GPA of 3.2 or higher). Due to the pandemic, the 2022 internship will be held virtually. Up to 10 interns will be selected to work with individual mentors on a space biology research project.

 

Smithsonian Air and Space Live Chat: Diplomacy in Space
Event Date: Jan. 13, 2022, at 1 p.m. EST
https://myumi.ch/6NrV2
What does diplomacy look like at a human level on the International Space Station where astronauts from different countries, cultures, and backgrounds have to live and work together for extended periods of time? How does this relate to the dynamics in a classroom? Join this conversation based on the 2022 National History Day topic “Debate & Diplomacy in History: Successes, Failures, Consequences.”

 

2022 BIG Idea Challenge: Extreme Terrain Access for Mobility Platforms
Entry Deadline: Jan. 18, 2022
https://myumi.ch/yKy0R
Teams of five to 25 students from Space Grant-affiliated colleges/universities are invited to submit proposals for a variety of alternative rover locomotion modalities to either enhance or replace traditional wheeled mobility systems that expand access to extreme terrain on the Moon. Selected teams will receive awards up to $180K to bring their ideas to life.

 

2022 FAA Student Challenge: Smart Connected Aviation
Proposal Deadline: Jan. 20, 2022
https://myumi.ch/1nN9J
This year’s FAA Challenge focuses on Smart Connected Aviation, providing undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to design, build, and test smart technology that has the ability to improve traveler’s transportation experiences and the efficiency of the national aviation ecosystem.

 

 

Translational Research Institute for Space Health Postdoctoral Fellowship Program
Proposal Deadline: Jan. 20, 2022
https://myumi.ch/r8Wr9
TRISH (Translational Research Institute for Space Health) at Baylor College of Medicine is soliciting proposals from postdoctoral researchers to help solve the health challenges of human deep space exploration. TRISH’s postdoctoral fellowship program supports early career scientists pursuing innovative, breakthrough research with the potential to reduce health risks associated with spaceflight and improve astronaut performance. Applicants must submit research proposals with an identified mentor and institution. Potential mentors seeking a postdoctoral fellow may notify TRISH via email. TRISH will post the list of perspective mentors to help trainees match with a lab.

 

U.S. Department of Energy: Robotics Internship
Application Deadline: Jan. 25, 2022
https://myumi.ch/V7ejZ
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE) Robotics Internship Program offers 10-week, hands-on, practical summer internships at DOE national laboratories.

2022 NASA Glenn Faculty Fellowship Program (NGFFP)
https://myumi.ch/mxAe1
Applications close at 11:59 PM on Friday, January 21, 2022.
NASA John Glenn Research Center (GRC) in Cleveland, Ohio, is accepting applications from full-time, qualified STEM faculty in accredited US colleges and universities, for the summer 2022 NASA Glenn Faculty Fellowship Program (NGFFP), tenured at GRC. The ten-week Fellowship will begin on Monday, June 6, and conclude on Friday, August 12, 2022.  The opportunity is open to US citizens. Faculty at Majority- and Minority-Serving Institutions, including women, under-represented and underserved faculty members, as well as early career faculty are encouraged to apply.

 

imaginAviation
Save the Date: March 1-3, 2022
https://myumi.ch/WJxyw
Join the NASA Transformative Aeronautics Concepts Program for “imaginAviation” on March 1-3, 2022. This virtual event will let participants experience NASA Aeronautics’ “Gateway to Aviation Transformation” through the eyes of the University Innovation, Convergent Aeronautics Solutions, and the Transformational Tools and Technologies projects. In addition, this year’s event will include technology maturation and market infusion potential with support from industry, other government agencies, and the Advanced Air Vehicles, Airspace Operations and Safety, and Integrated Aviation Systems Programs all within NASA Aeronautics.

 

2022 RASC-AL Competition
Entry Deadline: March 1, 2022
https://myumi.ch/qgoYW
The 2022 Revolutionary Aerospace Systems Concepts — Academic Linkage (RASC-AL) engineering design competition invites university teams to develop new, innovative concepts that improve our ability to operate on the Moon, Mars and beyond. Entries must address one of four themes: Portable Utility Pallet, Universal Sample Containment System, Mars Water-Based In-Situ Resource Utilization Architecture or SuitPort Logistics Carrier. Thirteen to 15 teams will be chosen to present their concepts at the June 2022 RASC-AL Forum, where prototype demonstrations are highly encouraged.

 

NASA’s Gateways to Blue Skies: Airports of Tomorrow Challenge
Submission Deadline: March 3, 2022
https://myumi.ch/88ykG
NASA seeks design ideas for the evolving airports of 2050 (focusing on the exterior of the airports) as we push toward climate-friendly aviation and new emerging aviation markets for the future. Teams of two to six students must submit a design study that includes a five- to seven-page research paper, a two-minute video and an infographic that summarizes the team’s design. Finalist teams will receive a $6,000 award to participate in the 2022 Blue Skies Forum at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia.


Be a Virtual Guest at the Launch of the James Webb Space Telescope
https://myumi.ch/Qerj7
Register to be NASA’s virtual guest for the launch and receive notifications of interaction opportunities, stay informed with up-to-date resources, and receive a stamp for your virtual guest passport following launch.

 

Student Project – Map a Mars Rover Driving Route
https://myumi.ch/rqZGM
Challenging terrain, complex mechanics, and the vast distance between Earth and the Red Planet can make driving a Mars rover a tough job. This new activity gives students the opportunity to plan their own rover path and learn about Mars science along the way using Mars Trek, a free online mapping tool.

 

NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope #UnfoldTheUniverse Art Challenge
Deadline for Submissions: Dec 18, 2021
https://myumi.ch/VPzkR
Stars, galaxies, nebulae – oh my!  What will NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope reveal when it peers back through 13.5 billion years of time? Create, using any form of art, what you think the Webb Telescope will discover for a chance to be featured on NASA’s historic launch broadcast. Join the #UnfoldTheUniverse Art Challenge today.

 

NASA’s Langley Research Center 2022 Student Art Contest
Entries are due Dec. 31.
https://myumi.ch/M97PQ
Calling all U.S. artists in grades K-12! NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia, invites you to take part in its 2022 Student Art Contest. This year’s theme is “Drawn to Explore” and encourages you to use your creative talents to explore NASA and its missions. Artwork entries may consist of drawings, paintings, mixed media, and digital creations. Prizes will be awarded to the top entries in each grade level. Plus, a grand prize winner will be chosen from all entries. 

 

Smithsonian Air and Space Live Chat: Diplomacy in Space
Event Date: Jan. 13, 2022, at 1 p.m. EST
https://myumi.ch/6NrV2
What does diplomacy look like at a human level on the International Space Station where astronauts from different countries, cultures, and backgrounds have to live and work together for extended periods of time? How does this relate to the dynamics in a classroom? Join this conversation based on the 2022 National History Day topic “Debate & Diplomacy in History: Successes, Failures, Consequences.”

 

Lunabotics Junior Contest
Entries due: Jan. 25, 2022
https://myumi.ch/1pboM
NASA seeks young engineers to help design a new robot concept for an excavation mission on the Moon. The Lunabotics Junior Contest is open to K-12 students in U.S. public and private schools, as well as home-schoolers. The competition, which is a collaboration between NASA and Future Engineers, asks students to design a robot that digs and moves lunar soil, called regolith, from an area of the lunar South Pole to a holding container near where Artemis astronauts may explore in the future. To enter the contest, students must submit entries, which must include an image of the robot design and a written summary explaining how the design is intended to operate on the Moon, by Jan. 25, 2022.

 

Student Suborbital Flight Opportunity – Cubes in Space
Registration Deadline: Feb. 4, 2022
https://myumi.ch/v2O0R
NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility and Langley Research Center, idoodlEDU inc., and the Colorado Space Grant Consortium are offering a free STEAM education program. Cubes in Space lets students design and compete to launch small experiments into space or near space. Selected experiments will be launched via a sounding rocket from Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia in late June 2022, or from a high-altitude scientific balloon from NASA’s Scientific Balloon Flight Facility in New Mexico in late August 2022.

 

2022 NASA STEM Enhancement in Earth and Space Science (SEES) Internship
Application Deadline: Feb. 21, 2022
https://myumi.ch/wl7E7
NASA, the Texas Space Grant Consortium, and The University of Texas at Austin Center for Space Research have joined forces to encourage high school students’ interest in STEM careers. The SEES project offers distance learning modules and guided remote work prior to onsite internships at the University of Texas in Austin from July 16-30, 2022. Participants conduct authentic research while working with scientists and engineers in their chosen areas of work. Housing, transportation, and meals will be provided.

Sign Up for Artemis I STEM Learning Pathway
https://myumi.ch/3kjWk
Early next year, the Artemis I mission will send an uncrewed Orion spacecraft thousands of miles beyond the Moon – farther than any spacecraft built for humans has ever flown. Are you looking to share the excitement of Artemis with your STEM learners? Leading up to launch, NASA’s Artemis I STEM Learning Pathway will provide weekly newsletters filled with STEM resources and ready-to-use content. Each week’s resources can be used individually or in combination to create a lesson plan tied to the learning series’ weekly theme.

 

2021 Round-up: Top New STEM Resources
https://myumi.ch/e6APz
In 2021, the team at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California added nearly 80 new STEM engagement resources to their online catalog of lessons, activities, articles, and videos for educators, students, and families. The resources feature NASA’s latest missions exploring Earth, the Moon, Mars, asteroids, the solar system, and the universe beyond. 

 

James Webb Space Telescope STEM Toolkit
https://myumi.ch/n8Zzk
Bring the excitement of the launch to students with the James Webb Space Telescope STEM Toolkit. Find resources, activities, videos, and more for students to learn about NASA’s newest space observatory.

 

My NASA Data: Access and Model NASA Earth Data
https://myumi.ch/j2wnM
Are you a computer science teacher looking for datasets to incorporate into your coding lessons? My NASA Data has datasets that can be used for teaching Python, R, and other languages. The Earth System Data Explorer offers more than 70 different NASA Earth System Science datasets in .CSV format.

 

U.S. Department of Energy: Waterpower Technologies Innovation and Commercialization Opportunity
Open Until Filled
https://myumi.ch/Ek9z3
The Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Science, Technology and Policy (STP) Program serves as a next step in the educational and professional development of scientists and engineers by providing opportunities to participate in policy-related projects at DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy in Washington, D.C.  Participants will become part of a group of highly-trained scientists and engineers with the education, background, and experience to be part of the workforce that supports the DOE’s mission in the future.

 

NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope #UnfoldTheUniverse Art Challenge
Deadline for Submissions: Dec 18, 2021
https://myumi.ch/VPzkR
Stars, galaxies, nebulae – oh my!  What will NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope reveal when it peers back through 13.5 billion years of time? Create, using any form of art, what you think the Webb Telescope will discover for a chance to be featured on NASA’s historic launch broadcast. Join the #UnfoldTheUniverse Art Challenge today.

 

Nominate a Student with Perseverance
Nomination Deadline: Dec. 31, with additional opportunities to follow
https://myumi.ch/7ed15
Do you know a student who’s got perseverance and shown that nothing can get in the way of their educational goals? NASA’s “You’ve Got Perseverance!” award opportunity invites U.S. teachers, educators, and community members to nominate students in grades 6-8 who have demonstrated that they have the right stuff to move past obstacles and reach their academic goals. The program will reward that dedication with recognition from the Perseverance rover all the way on Mars!

 

NASA STEM Engagement Needs Virtual Volunteers – Lesson Testers
Registration Deadline: Jan. 5, 2022
https://myumi.ch/9PDkX
K-12 educators across the U.S. are invited to help NASA educational product owners breathe new life into old lessons. NASA’s Office of STEM Engagement and Future Engineers are collaborating on a project to update and field-test a series of NASA’s aeronautics and space lessons between January and June 2022. Participants will engage in three virtual workshops, meet, and collaborate with fellow educators, and receive a material stipend to share lessons with their students.

 

Smithsonian Air and Space Live Chat: Diplomacy in Space
Event Date: Jan. 13, 2022, at 1 p.m. EST
https://myumi.ch/6NrV2
What does diplomacy look like at a human level on the International Space Station where astronauts from different countries, cultures, and backgrounds have to live and work together for extended periods of time? How does this relate to the dynamics in a classroom? Join this conversation based on the 2022 National History Day topic “Debate & Diplomacy in History: Successes, Failures, Consequences.”

 

National Air and Space Museum’s Teacher Innovator Institute
Application Deadline: Feb. 15, 2022
Dates in Washington DC:  July 11-22, 2022.
https://myumi.ch/gNWbP
Spend two weeks in Washington, DC, working with education and STEAM experts to explore the connections between informal STEAM education and authentic learning. Propose and develop goals for your own professional development, gain the skills to incorporate museum learning into your practice, and meet colleagues from around the country. There is no cost for teachers to participate and most expenses are paid by the Museum. The National Air and Space Museum’s Teacher Innovator Institute (TII) will welcome up to 10 teachers from across the United States in Summer 2022. Teachers will remain with the program for two summers, returning to Washington, DC, in year two to reconnect, develop their practice, and mentor the newest class of Teacher Innovators. Those accepted into TII in 2022 will join our existing cohort that was selected prior to the COVID-19 pandemic but have yet to begin their onsite experience.

 

LiftOff Summer Institute 2022!
Applications Due: March 7, 2022
Workshop Dates: June 26-July 1, 2022.
https://myumi.ch/6NrEE
Beginning in the summer of 1990, the NASA’s Texas Space Grant Consortium initiated a week-long professional development training for teachers. This aerospace workshop, called LiftOff, emphasizes science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) learning experiences by incorporating a space science theme supported by NASA missions. Teacher participants are provided with information and experiences through speakers, hands-on activities and field investigations that promote space science and enrichment activities for themselves and others.