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.

The Spring 2022 NASA Internships deadline has been extended through November 26th! Offers will be made to students through December 31st. Learn more about NASA Internships & apply through NASA. The Spring Internships session which opens on January 24, 2022 will be virtual for most opportunities. Let us know if you applied!

New Student Q&A Opportunities: NASA’s “Groundlinks”
https://myumi.ch/n84Rm
What’s it like to go on a mission into deep space without leaving Earth? Students anywhere around the world can now directly ask questions to crew who are simulating a journey to Mars. NASA’s new “Groundlinks” program connects students with crewmembers currently inside NASA’s Human Exploration Research Analog, or HERA, a habitat housed at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. Through the crew’s answers, students can learn more about how NASA prepares humans to live and work in space.

 

Over the Dusty Moon Student Design Challenge
Submissions Due Nov. 29, 2021
https://myumi.ch/BoGGj
The Over the Dusty Moon Challenge will address a topic of increasing practical concern as humans move toward a sustainable presence on the Moon’s surface. The challenge will task student teams to design, build and demonstrate a system that can convey lunar regolith (or soil) both horizontally and vertically. Regolith conveyance is a key technology to enable the use of lunar soil for resource processing, construction, and manufacturing on the Moon.

 

First Nations Launch
Notice of Intent Due December 17, 2021
https://myumi.ch/0WQkl
NASA Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium’s First Nations Launch (FNL) National High-Power Rocket Competition is a NASA Artemis Student Challenge that provides an opportunity for students attending a Tribal College or University, a Native American-Serving Nontribal Institution (NASNTI), or who are members of an active American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) collegiate chapter to design, build, and fly a high-powered rocket to be launched at a competition at the Richard Bong State Recreational Area in Kansasville, WI.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.


New Student Q&A Opportunities: NASA’s “Groundlinks”
https://myumi.ch/n84Rm
What’s it like to go on a mission into deep space without leaving Earth? Students anywhere around the world can now directly ask questions to crew who are simulating a journey to Mars. NASA’s new “Groundlinks” program connects students with crewmembers currently inside NASA’s Human Exploration Research Analog, or HERA, a habitat housed at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. Through the crew’s answers, students can learn more about how NASA prepares humans to live and work in space.

 

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.

 

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.

Make a STEM Connection: DART Mission (Double Asteroid Redirection Test)
https://myumi.ch/Qe7RE
Set to launch no earlier than Nov. 24, NASA’s DART mission is the first-ever test to change the motion of an asteroid in space. Researchers are investigating whether we could use this technique if an asteroid were ever discovered to be a threat to Earth. DART’s asteroid target is not a threat to Earth.

 

Be a virtual guest at the launch!
https://myumi.ch/bRdMx
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.

 

Join the Planetary Defenders!
https://myumi.ch/XVRwb
Take a short quiz on asteroids, the DART mission, and planetary defense to earn a #PlanetaryDefender badge and certificate you can download, print, and share on social media.

 

Asteroid Quiz
https://myumi.ch/Ek9M3
Do you know how many asteroids have been identified in our solar system? Take the quiz, then learn how to tell the difference between asteroids, comets, meteors, meteorites and other bodies in our solar system.

 

NASA @ My Library: James Webb Space Telescope Reading and Activities Challenge
Registration Deadline: Nov. 30
https://myumi.ch/bRdWx
A new challenge sponsored by NASA@ My Library––an official NASA partner––that celebrates the launch of the James Webb Space Telescope during the month of December. NASA@ My Library, a reading and activities challenge, will run from December 1-31, 2021. Throughout the challenge, readers will have access to virtual NASA@ My Library and NASA resources to gain new skills and explore educational and career pathways in Earth and Space Science. All public libraries in the U.S. are eligible to join the challenge and will have a chance to win a collection of programming materials. Follow along as we share resources, interviews, and challenge updates via the Beanstack Blog and social media.

 

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.

 

Snoopy Returns to Space with Launch on Artemis I – New Education Resources
Audience: Educators, Parents, and Caregivers of Students in Grades K-5
https://myumi.ch/pZ83J
When NASA’s Artemis I flight test of the Space Launch System rocket and Orion spacecraft launches in early 2022, Snoopy will be onboard with the important job of being a zero-gravity indicator. To celebrate his exciting return to space, NASA has teamed up with Peanuts Worldwide to inspire excitement for the launch. Bring the mission to young learners with STEM activities about Artemis I and his zero-gravity mission. Activities are designed to work for classroom or at-home learning.

 

In-flight Education Downlinks Accepting Proposals
Proposal Deadline: Dec. 1
https://myumi.ch/9oQkx
NASA STEM on Station is currently accepting proposals for organizations to host a downlink during International Space Station Expedition 67, which runs April to October 2022. An In-flight Education Downlink is a 20-minute live video Q&A session between a U.S. educational organization and an astronaut aboard the International Space Station.

 

CodeLab: LIVE With Tynker and NASA Subject Matter Experts
Computer Science Education Week: December 6-10, 2021 at 1pm
https://myumi.ch/XVRPb
Join Tynker for daily CodeLab Live sessions featuring NASA subject matter experts. Get up to speed on Tynker’s space-themed “NASA’s Return to the Moon” coding adventures and learn about the NASA Artemis missions that will land the first woman and first person of color on the lunar surface. Teachers can join live to have Tynker run the Hour of Code for you.

 

Funding Opportunity: Expanding NASA’s Universe of Learning’s Informal Learning Network
Application Deadline: Dec. 16, 2021
https://outerspace.stsci.edu/display/ENPRG
The Informal Learning Network of NASA’s Universe of Learning is a collaboration of museums and cultural institutions affiliated with the Association of Science and Technology Centers (ASTC) and the Smithsonian who are learning together to create and imagine learning resources and experiences for diverse learning audiences. NASA’s Universe of Learning is seeking to enhance and broaden the Informal Learning Network portfolio of astrophysics learning assets through co-creation, and the inclusion of broader perspectives to reduce barriers of participation. By expanding the network, it is our hope that together we will achieve impactful astrophysics programming that is innovative, inclusive, accessible, and relevant to broader audiences.

 

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.