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

Smithsonian Research Fellowships
Application Deadline: Dec. 1
https://myumi.ch/qAJR1
We offer a variety of fellowships for predoctoral, postdoctoral, and non-academic researchers. Applicants are encouraged to contact prospective staff advisors prior to submitting a proposal. Ranking factors that influence selection include the scholarly merits of the proposal, as well as the research and academic record of the applicant. Applicants should state explicitly what potential use they intend to make of the Museum’s collections and facilities. It is also advisable to state how you hope to profit from the availability of Smithsonian research staff and resources in the Washington, DC area.

U.S. Department of Energy: Marine Energy Graduate Student Research Program
Application Deadline: Dec. 2
https://myumi.ch/48R6n
As a participant with the Marine Energy Graduate Student Research Program, you will get to advance your doctoral thesis utilizing the expertise, resources, and capabilities available at DOE laboratories, industry or other approved facility to accomplish your research goals, all while networking with top scientists in the field. You will enhance your education and training in marine and hydrokinetics, increase your marketability in these disciplines, gain access to top scientists and state-of-the-art equipment, and gain insight into research and career opportunities through your internship experiences. You will have the opportunity to collaborate and learn from experts researching, developing, and testing emerging technologies in marine and hydrokinetics. You will conduct research at both your academic institution and at an external hosting facility conducting research in Marine Energy. Because you are responsible for finding a host facility and securing a mentor, you will be embedded in a facility whose research aligns with your research goals and who can provide the resources you need for your research. Your mentor may also be a resource for your next career step!

U.S. Department of Energy – IBUILD: Innovation in Buildings Graduate Research Fellowship
Application Deadline: Dec. 2
https://myumi.ch/84w2P
The Innovation in Buildings (IBUILD) Graduate Research Fellowship, managed by Oak Ridge National Laboratory, will strengthen the pool of well-trained, diverse MS and PhD scholars who are equipped for research-intensive building technologies careers across all sectors. IBUILD Fellows will receive research and educational support to conduct innovative research at their home institution in an area with demonstrated relevance to building energy efficiency. In addition to funding high quality research, the fellowship will provide professional development, mentoring, networking, and internship opportunities.

2023 High-Altitude Student Platform Opportunity
Notice of Intent Deadline: Dec. 2
Application Deadline: Jan. 6, 2023
https://myumi.ch/7eW2z
Student teams are invited to develop experiments to fly to the edge of space on a NASA high-altitude research balloon. The annual project, supported by the NASA Balloon Program Office and the Louisiana Space Grant Consortium, provides near-space access for 12 student experiments. Typically, the flights last 15 to 20 hours and reach an altitude of 122,000 feet. There is no cost for launch and flight operations. Student teams must raise funds to support payload development and travel, if necessary.

Over the Dusty Moon Challenge
Entries due December 23rd
https://myumi.ch/bRMrb
The 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. The challenge is in its second year and while the inaugural competition was an overwhelming success, we’d like to expand its geographical participation among our U.S. student team entries to match the diverse international team submissions.

2023 Department of Energy Scholars Program
Application Deadline: Jan. 23, 2023
https://myumi.ch/G1bGR
The DOE Scholars Program is a Department-wide program designed to create a pipeline of highly qualified talent in disciplinary fields that support mission critical areas of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). The DOE Scholars Program provides opportunities designed to introduce DOE missions, functions, and operations to talented undergraduate and graduate students, as well as recent graduates. These opportunities will help prepare Scholars towards the full range of entry and mid-level research, technical and professional positions within DOE and other organizations that support the DOE mission.

2023 BIG Idea Challenge: Lunar Forge – Producing Metal Products on the Moon
Entry Deadline: Jan. 24, 2023
https://myumi.ch/DJNM7
The 2023 Breakthrough, Innovative and Game-changing (BIG) Idea Challenge seeks proposals from student teams outlining technologies that will enable the production of lunar infrastructure from in-situ resource utilization-derived metals found on the Moon. Key products desired are storage vessels for liquids and gases, pipes, power cables, and supporting structures. Proposals can range from $50,000 to $180,000 and focus on any part of the product production pipeline* from prospecting to testing (*exclusions apply). This competition is sponsored by NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate and the National Space Grant College Project and managed by the National Institute of Aerospace.

Art x Climate: A Project of the Fifth National Climate Assessment
Entry Deadline: Jan. 27, 2023
https://myumi.ch/e64Ej
The U.S. Global Change Research Program, in collaboration with Smithsonian Institution, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the National Science Foundation, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency, invites artists to engage in the development of the Fifth National Climate Assessment by creatively visualizing climate change in the United States: its causes, impacts, and manifestations; our shared vulnerabilities; and the strength of our collective response. Art x Climate seeks to strengthen partnerships between science and art and demonstrate the power of art to advance the national conversation around climate change. Selected art submissions will be featured in the Fifth National Climate Assessment as chapter covers and within the chapters. Selected artworks may also be used in case studies, in public events, or in communication materials. There are two calls, one for artists ages 13–17 and one for artists 18 and up (more details below). Artists who wish to submit their works must do so via the appropriate CaFÉ portal by 11:59 PM ET on January 27, 2023.

Pollution Prevention Works: A Storytelling Challenge for Students
Entry Deadline: Feb. 17, 2023
https://myumi.ch/3kDmE
Tell a story about how a company that reports to TRI has taken steps to reduce pollution and win up to $5000! EPA launched a challenge promoting innovation in pollution prevention at industrial and federal facilities. The Challenge invites high school and college students and to use the TRI P2 Search Tool to identify a TRI facility that has reported implementing source reduction practices and tell a compelling story about how those practices or techniques benefit the business and positively impact communities and the environment. The challenge is open now and all entries must be submitted by February 17, 2023.

2023 Gateways to Blue Skies Competition
Proposals Due February 28, 2023
https://myumi.ch/88ykG
The Gateways to Blue Skies competition (aka, Blue Skies) was developed to expand engagement between universities and NASA’s Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate’s (ARMD’s) University Innovation Project. Gateways to Blue Skies projects allow students to work on real aviation/aeronautical design concepts together in a team environment, with a new project theme each year. Blue Skies is open to multi-disciplinary teams comprised of undergraduate and graduate college students who have an interest in aviation and/or aeronautics. Initial participation involves a conceptual study, submission of a 5-7 page proposal and video summarizing the team’s proposal. Finalists write a final research paper, create an infographic summarizing concepts, and present in front of NASA and industry experts at a culminating forum held at a NASA Center. Internship opportunities with NASA’s ARMD serve as the competition prize for members of the winning team.

2023 RASC-AL Competition
Entry Deadline: March 13, 2023
https://myumi.ch/9P78W
The 2023 RASC-AL competition invites university teams to develop new concepts that leverage innovation to improve our ability to operate on the Moon, Mars, and beyond by addressing one of four themes: Homesteading Mars, Lunar North Pole Tourism, Lunar Surface Transporter Vehicle, or Multi-use Platform at L1. Up to 14 teams will be chosen to present their concepts at the June 2023 RASC-AL Forum, where prototype demonstrations are highly encouraged.

NASA Innovation Corps™ Pilot
Proposal Deadline: March 29, 2023
https://myumi.ch/Aw6nn
In partnership with the National Science Foundation, NASA’s Science and Space Technology Mission Directorates offer a new pathway to participate in Innovation Corps (I-Corps)™. The NASA I-Corps™ Pilot aims to accelerate the transition of promising ideas from the lab to the marketplace while encouraging collaboration between academia and industry. The NASA I-Corps™ Pilot will support teams with access to training in innovation and entrepreneurship skills through a grant, up to $10K, and the opportunity to apply for additional funding, up to $40K. Proposals may be submitted at any time through March 29, 2023, but applications will be reviewed in intervals on the following dates: July 22, 2022; Sept. 16, 2022; Nov. 17, 2022; and Jan 20, 2023.


NOAA High School Learning Modules: Modeling Marine Ecosystems With Virtual Reality
Available Now
https://myumi.ch/Awj3j
Modeling Marine Ecosystems with Virtual Reality, developed by NOAA Ocean Service and NOAA Fisheries, helps high school students explore how scientific models work. These modules are interactive, problem-centered investigations where students use real data and models to explore human-caused changes in ocean ecosystems and the impacts they have on the plants and animals in those ecosystems. The Virtual Ecosystem Viewer, developed by NOAA Fisheries and featured in these activities, is an interactive virtual reality model that NOAA and other scientists use to visualize changing ocean ecosystems – especially fish populations.

Student Essay Contest: Naval Horizons
Entry Deadline: Nov. 28 at Noon
https://myumi.ch/WJ79R
Naval Horizons introduces students to cutting edge STEM topics that impact the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps. We invite students to learn about Naval STEM challenges and our scientists and engineers through this video series. Then, we encourage students to write an essay explaining how our research and our people inspire them. This contest challenges students to picture themselves in a STEM career by designing the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps of the future. Watch the videos to learn about U.S. Navy and Marine Corps STEM research areas and our people. Choose one of the STEM topics, conduct additional research on the subject, and compose your essay.

NOAA Marine Debris Program Art Contest
Entry Deadline: Dec. 16
https://myumi.ch/XV95n
The NOAA Marine Debris Program holds an annual art contest to reach K-8 students and help raise awareness about marine debris. Marine debris is a global issue and we believe that engaging our youth is an important part of addressing the problem. The resulting calendar, featuring the winning artwork, provides a daily reminder of how important it is for us to be responsible stewards of the ocean. Students are highly encouraged to check out resources on this website for information about marine debris.

Artemis ROADS Student Challenge
Audience: Students in grades 3-12
Registration Deadline: Jan. 11, 2023
https://myumi.ch/z17jV
NASA’s Northwest Earth and Space Sciences Pathways invites student teams to tackle science and engineering problems related to a Moon mission. In this year’s Rover Observation And Drone Survey (ROADS) national student challenge, teams will get inspiration from NASA’s Artemis mission. Challenges will include developing a wheel for a lunar rover, investigating possible landing sites on the lunar south pole, and more. Artemis ROADS aligns with Next Generation Science Standards, creating a fun, hands-on activity that can help students meet requirements. Curriculum for a companion course is also available.

Power to Explore Student Challenge
Entry Deadline: Jan. 17, 2023
https://myumi.ch/xd1Ed
The Power to Explore Student Challenge invites K-12 students to dream up a new space mission powered by a Radioisotope Power System (RPS). The challenge is open to individual students attending U.S. public, private, charter, or home schools – including those in U.S. territories and schools operated by the U.S. for American personnel overseas. Forty-five semifinalists will receive an RPS prize pack, nine finalists will receive a virtual session with a NASA expert, and three winners will be awarded a trip for two to NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Ohio.

Art x Climate: A Project of the Fifth National Climate Assessment
Entry Deadline: Jan. 27, 2023
https://myumi.ch/e64Ej
The U.S. Global Change Research Program, in collaboration with Smithsonian Institution, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the National Science Foundation, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency, invites artists to engage in the development of the Fifth National Climate Assessment by creatively visualizing climate change in the United States: its causes, impacts, and manifestations; our shared vulnerabilities; and the strength of our collective response. Art x Climate seeks to strengthen partnerships between science and art and demonstrate the power of art to advance the national conversation around climate change. Selected art submissions will be featured in the Fifth National Climate Assessment as chapter covers and within the chapters. Selected artworks may also be used in case studies, in public events, or in communication materials. There are two calls, one for artists ages 13–17 and one for artists 18 and up (more details below). Artists who wish to submit their works must do so via the appropriate CaFÉ portal by 11:59 PM ET on January 27, 2023.

Student Suborbital Flight Opportunity – Cubes in Space
Registration Deadline: Feb. 3, 2023
https://myumi.ch/NmJny
NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility and Langley Research Center, idoodlEDU Inc., and SSAI Inc., 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 June 2023, or from a high-altitude scientific balloon in New Mexico by NASA’s Balloon Program Office in late August 2023.

Pollution Prevention Works: A Storytelling Challenge for Students
Entry Deadline: Feb. 17, 2023
https://myumi.ch/3kDmE
Tell a story about how a company that reports to TRI has taken steps to reduce pollution and win up to $5000! EPA launched a challenge promoting innovation in pollution prevention at industrial and federal facilities. The Challenge invites high school and college students and to use the TRI P2 Search Tool to identify a TRI facility that has reported implementing source reduction practices and tell a compelling story about how those practices or techniques benefit the business and positively impact communities and the environment. The challenge is open now and all entries must be submitted by February 17, 2023.

Virtual Classroom Connection: Studying Earth’s Water
Audience: Middle school educators and students
Event Date: Dec. 5 at 1 p.m.
https://myumi.ch/M9exp
The Surface Water and Ocean Topography (SWOT) mission will be NASA’s first global survey of Earth’s surface water. The satellite will observe the fine details of the ocean’s surface topography and measure how water bodies on Earth change over time. Learn more about this event and find more exciting new resources in NASA CONNECTS. Not a member of NASA’s online community of practice for educators?

Alan Shepard Technology in Education Award
Nomination Deadline: Dec. 9
https://myumi.ch/3kAgn
The Alan Shepard Technology in Education Award is given annually in recognition of outstanding contributions to creative and innovative use of technology in education by K-12 educators or district-level education personnel. Every year, the Astronauts Memorial Foundation, in collaboration with NASA and the Space Foundation, selects a teacher who exhibits extraordinary inspiration for students to learn about Science and Technology in the classroom. This award is presented at the Space Symposium in Colorado Springs, CO. Alan Shepard, one of the nation’s original seven Mercury astronauts, was the first American to fly in space, one of only 12 humans who have walked on the moon, and a former AMF board member. The award named after him recognizes excellence, quality and innovation in the development and application of technology in the classroom or to the professional development of teachers.

NASA Community College Aerospace Scholars Program – Mission 1: Discover
Application Deadline: Dec. 9
https://myumi.ch/QexmV
NASA Community College Aerospace Scholars (NCAS) aims to build a diverse future STEM workforce by engaging two-year degree-seeking students in authentic learning experiences. Applications for “Mission 1: Discover” are open now. Participants will take part in a five-week self-paced online course introducing scholars to NASA missions and research. NCAS is open to community college students who are U.S. citizens.

LiftOff 2023 Summer Institute: Planetary Defenders
Audience: Educators of grades 5-12
Application Deadline: Dec. 20
Institute Dates: June 25-30, 2023
https://myumi.ch/DJp6E
The 2023 LiftOff Summer Institute is a weeklong training event at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston sponsored by the agency’s Texas Space Grant Consortium. This year’s theme is “Planetary Defenders.” Attendees will explore NASA’s plans for protecting our home planet. Participants will attend presentations by NASA scientists and engineers, tour NASA facilities, and receive hands-on, inquiry-based classroom activities aligned to education standards. Applicants must be U.S. citizens currently employed as classroom teachers of grades 5-12 with at least one year of teaching experience prior to the event.

Michigan Science Teachers Association 70th Annual Conference
March 3-4, 2023
Lansing, MI
https://myumi.ch/kyx2M
Save the Date! Explore Michigan, Explore Science!