NASA District of Columbia Space Grant Consortium

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Cone see us on the National Mall Saturday night!

Photos from NASA District of Columbia Space Grant Consortium's post 05/23/2024

The NASA Space Grant Program is looking for a new Program Manager - details below!

RockOn! - NASA 05/23/2024

A few team spots for this year’s RockOn 2024 workshop have become available. If you are interested, please send an email to Victoria Stoffel at [email protected]!

For more information, please visit the link below:

RockOn! - NASA RockOn! is a hands-on workshop teaching participants how to create a sounding rocket experiment from scratch over a 5-day period and then launching it into space on the 6th day of the workshop. This is a team experience and takes place at Goddard Space Flight Center Wallops Flight Facility on the Ea...


The extreme geomagnetic storm continues and will persist through at least Sunday, so there’s still a chance of catching the Northern Lights if you missed them last night!

Office of International Affairs 05/10/2024

STEM Internship Opportunity at the Department of Energy!

DOE Science, Technology and Policy Program- Opportunity at DOE Office of International Affairs - Multilateral Climate and Clean Energy Engagement

Application Deadline: May 17, 2024 @ 11:59 PM Eastern Time Zone

What will I be doing?
The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of International Affairs (IA), Office of Multilateral Climate and Clean Energy Engagement seeks motivated candidates to take on today’s pressing climate challenges through a fellowship with DOE-STP.

This fellowship will support the approximately 18 international clean energy initiatives and campaigns in which the United States participates within the Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM), a multilateral organization with 29 member countries working to rapidly increase the deployment of clean energy technologies. These initiatives and campaigns cover technology areas such as hydrogen, biofuels, and civil nuclear; global deployment issues such as solar and battery supply chains; and cross-cutting just transition and gender equity issues. As an ORISE participant, you will gain insight into the federal government’s role within international forums such as the CEM as well as coordination of work within and between federal government agencies and DOE’s system of national laboratories.

A fellowship in IA will give you the opportunity to apply scientific, technical, and policy knowledge to the development and implementation of international climate and clean energy solutions as well as to continue your education and involvement in areas that support the DOE mission.

Successful fellows come from a wide range of backgrounds, but education and/or experience in the following subject areas is desirable:

*industrial decarbonization (embedded carbon, EPDs/PCRs, and procurement)
*transportation electrification
*energy technology manufacturing, supply chains, and critical materials
*battery storage and grid management
*energy deployment in the developing world
*just transition
*sustainable fuels

Benefits: Participants will receive a stipend to be determined by IA. Stipends are typically based on the participant's academic standing, discipline, experience, and research facility location. IA may authorize a supplemental stipend to offset the costs of health insurance. Participants are eligible to purchase health insurance plans offered through ORISE. Participants may receive an allowance for education and/or scientific activities as approved by IA.

Apply Today!

The details: Located in Washington, D.C. You must be a U.S. Citizen with a Bachelor’s, Master’s, or Doctoral Degree. If currently pursuing their degree, all degree requirements must be completed by July 31, 2024.

Department Website:

Questions? Email [email protected]. Please list the reference code [DOE-STP-IA-2024-2402] for this opportunity in the subject line of your email.

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Opportunity for STEM Educators!

ND Space Grant Consortium - IDEAS - DEIA Workshop - Summer 2024 05/09/2024

Opportunity for STEM Educators!

The IDEAS (Innovative Differentiated Exploration Activities in Space Science) Team announces the Summer 2024 Educator Professional Development Workshop.

Here is a link to more details on the Educator Workshop opportunity:

What: Professional Development Workshop for Educators focused on Accessibility of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics) and NASA Activities & Resources

Who: Pre-K, K-12, and Informal In-service and Pre-service Educators

When: July 15 - 18, 2024

Where: Space Center Houston & NASA Johnson Space Center | Houston, TX

2024 Draft Agenda (Subject to Change):

Registration/Notice of Interest:

Deadline for NOI: June 3, 2024

*Educators interested in attending, please complete the Registration Notice of Interest Form. Note, attendance is limited to 30 participants. Educators selected to attend will be notified after the registration deadline.


The IDEAS Team is comprised of the South Carolina Space Grant Consortium (SCSGC), North Carolina Space Grant Consortium (NCSGC), and the North Dakota Space Grant Consortium (NDSGC). This hands-on workshop is funded by NASA's National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program. The overall goal of this workshop is to center Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEIA) in NASA and STEM lessons and activities for both K-12 and informal education settings. Participants will be eligible to earn two Professional Development credits (30 hours) through the University of North Dakota.

Dr. Cass Runyon, SCSGC ([email protected])
Jobi Cook, NCSGC ([email protected])
Dr. Caitlin Milera, NDSGC ([email protected])
Laurie Salander, NDSGC ([email protected])

ND Space Grant Consortium - IDEAS - DEIA Workshop - Summer 2024 Link to Website Details (UND Blogpost) You're invited! The IDEAS (Innovative Differentiated Exploration Activities in Space Science) Team announces the Summer 2024 Educator Professional Development Workshop. What: Professional Development Workshop for Educators focused on Accessibility of STEM (Scie...


Attention AU STEM Community!

AU will be hosting a Spring Research Mixer on May 17th which will be held at SIS Room 120! The event will be from 3PM-5PM. Light refreshments will be provided while you mix and mingle. RSVP here:

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Astranis | Careers 05/07/2024

Additional Summer 2024 Internship Opportunities in STEM!

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Lunar Living | HeroX 05/03/2024

Opportunity to submit a proposal for an exciting space technology challenge!

The Space Tech Challenge is a competition hosted by HeroX (an online community) where contestants (or a team of contestants) submit a proposal describing their concept for addressing the challenges of long-term lunar habitation and their projected results. Winners receive a cash prize (5k for first, 3k for second, and 2k for third). The contest is open to all US Citizens who are not employees of JSEG or NASA and it will award cash prizes to the top three entries. Non-citizens can enter, but they are not eligible for any of the cash awards. If you would like more information, please feel free to visit the website at:

Any questions should be directed to Sarah Moore at: [email protected]

Lunar Living | HeroX Help NASA advance technology to establish our lunar lifestyle.


Heads up on NASA Pathways Internships!

Live, laugh, launch your career! 💖

The next round of Pathways Internships will accept applications from Aug. 14 - Aug. 21, 2024. These hands-on internships offer a direct route to conversion into a career with NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

Prepare to apply:

Home | Space Port Area Conference for Educators 05/02/2024

Opportunity for STEM Educators!

The Astronauts Memorial Foundation and the Center for Space Education is hosting the 2024 Space Port Area Conference for Educators.

Space Port Area Conference for Educators (SPACE) aims to serve teachers from across the nation by providing professional development opportunities, and high-quality STEM instructional resources. Attending educators spend three days at The Center for Space Education developing curriculum and forming relationships. Educators will be given a once in a lifetime opportunity to be immersed in the operations of Kennedy Space Center - including keynote sessions with astronauts, launch directors, and other space icons, as well as behind the scenes tours of spaceport operations.

visit the link below for more details. Registration closes May 17, 2024.

For more information, please contact Isabel Kennedy at (973) 224-5441 or [email protected].

Home | Space Port Area Conference for Educators Space Port Area Conference for Educators (SPACE) aims to serve teachers from across the nation by providing professional development opportunities, and high-quality STEM instructional resources. Attending educators spend three days at The Center for Space Education developing curriculum and forming....


Save the Date!

We are co-sponsors of the 2024 Astronomy Festival on the National Mall!


AU STEM Community - please join us on Wednesday!


Eyes up tonight!

Eclipse Brings Together Enthusiasts and Experts for Campus-Wide Viewing Party | Washington, D.C. | Catholic University of America - Washington, DC | CUA 04/17/2024

Our DCSGC Student Ambassador from Catholic University, Michael Bellacicco, coordinated our eclipse activities at Catholic University!

Eclipse Brings Together Enthusiasts and Experts for Campus-Wide Viewing Party | Washington, D.C. | Catholic University of America - Washington, DC | CUA Located in Washington, D.C., The Catholic University of America is the national university of the Catholic Church, founded by the U.S. bishops and the pope, faithful to the teachings of Jesus Christ as handed on by the Church. Dedicated to advancing the dialogue between faith and reason, Catholic Un...


Check out this opportunity to support our partner SSPI Mid Atlantic’s STEM Scholarship Program!


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Opportunity for STEM Educators!

2024 Space Port Area Conference for Educators (SPACE)

This annual event is of great significance and impact in the field of space and science education. Scheduled for June 26-28, 2024 at Kennedy Space Center, SPACE provides an immersive and enriching
experience for educators, offering educator-led workshops, education and SME presentations, and hands-on activities that align with STEM curriculum objectives. Through engaging with experts in the field, accessing behind-the-scenes operations of Kennedy Space Center, and gaining access to cutting-edge resources, educators have the opportunity to enhance their teaching practices and inspire the next generation of explorers and innovators.

For further info, contact Isabel Kennedy at (973) 224-5441 or [email protected]

Photos from The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York's post 04/03/2024

A little eclipse history today!


On April 8th, in addition to the eclipse, the eight main planets will align.

“Staying focused on the eight main planets, it's also uncommon for all eight planets to even be in the same part of the sky; this occurs every few thousand years and was last recorded in 949 C.E. Astronomers predict the next planetary alignment will occur will be on the night of May 6, 2492.”

Obtained from Google.


Interested in a Fall 2024 Internship at a NASA Center? Apply before Friday's deadline!

Looking for internship cheat codes before our applications close this Friday, April 5? 🕹

Check out this list of 100 NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration internship opportunities that are low on applications.

Follow our step-by-step guide to apply ⬇

Get Ready! AU Great American Solar Eclipse Viewing Party 04/02/2024

The DCSGC, in partnership with the Department of Physics, will host an Eclipse Viewing Party on the Quad at American University beginning at 1:30PM on April 8th! Come join us and get a free pair of NASA-issued eclipse glasses (while supplies last)!

Get Ready! AU Great American Solar Eclipse Viewing Party Viewing party on quad on April 8 celebrates an out-of-this-world event


Our illustrious Director is featured on the National Space Grant Foundation page today!

✨ Continuing this week's highlight! Meet the Director of , Nate Harshman! 👋🏽


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T-Shirt Sign Up 03/28/2024

Join DCSGC affiliate partner SSPI-Mid Atlantic in a fundraising activity for the DCSGC-SSPI STEM Scholarship for DC students!

Sign-up/registration is here:

Pick t-shirt size here:

When: 10:00am on Sunday, April 28th

Where: The Wharf (starts and ends at Salt Line)

Cost: $40 (members), $50 (non-members)

What you get: a SSPI t-shirt and the opportunity to run with a bunch of BIG10 school alumni associations

Distance: 5K (or 10K is two loops)

T-Shirt Sign Up Enter your name and size to sign up for a T-Shirt.


The DC Space Grant Consortium invites you to join us today for an eclipse talk by NASA eclipse expert Anita Dey. Her talk/presentation will include historical impacts of eclipses, best vantage points for viewing the April 8, 2024 total solar eclipse, eclipse safety, and much more. We will have time for Q&A. Please feel free to also join us for our 2024 STEM Student Research Poster Award Ceremony immediately following the eclipse talk, and please share this opportunity with any students, faculty, teachers, or public outreach groups who you feel may benefit.

Time: 1PM-2PM EST (followed by STEM Student Research Poster Award Ceremony).
Location: Virtual/Zoom
Zoom Link:

Anita Dey is the Strategic Partnerships Manager for Outreach and Engagement in NASA’s Science Mission Directorate (SMD). In addition, she is the Coordinator for the Webb Space Telescope Community Engagement Sites. She is the volunteer Chair of the Asian American and Pacific Islander Employee Resource Group at NASA Headquarters. Previously, she led the Leadership Development team under SMD’s Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accessibility Working Group.

She joined NASA in 2018 in the Office of Communications to work on program management and strategy. There she was a linchpin in unifying all 10 Centers’ communications offices and won the HQ Honor Award for Leadership for her efforts.

Anita has experience in international diplomacy, policy and consumer outreach at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). She started at the FCC in the International Bureau (IB) where she specialized in Asian telecommunications policy. She went on to become Chief of IB’s Regional and Bilateral Affairs Branch where she developed and managed strategy to expand the agency’s bilateral relationships. She later joined the Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau (CGB) as Assistant Bureau Chief and Special Advisor for Consumer Education. She was also the Acting Chief of CGB’s Consumer Affairs and Outreach Division where she was responsible for broadening outreach to consumers on key agency issues.

Anita has a Master’s degree in International Communication from American University in Washington, D.C., and a Bachelor’s degree with Honors in Journalism from the University of Maryland College Park. She is an Everything DiSC© Certified Practitioner. She hones her teamwork and strategy skills caring for her two children with her husband.

NASA District of Columbia Space Grant Consortium AU STEM Faculty-Student Summer 2024 Research P... 03/25/2024



Description: The NASA District of Columbia Space Grant Consortium is seeking applicants for a summer research grant for STEM faculty members at American University. Research will be conducted during summer 2024. The intent of the program is to provide university research opportunities to increase and enhance STEM knowledge among faculty in research areas that support the mission and goals of NASA. In addition, the program is designed to provide faculty with an opportunity to understand and advance the research needs of NASA, while strengthening the talent pool of scientists and engineers. Finally, a core component of the program is for the faculty member to mentor an undergraduate or graduate student in research.

Discipline(s): NASA related science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Research MUST align with one of the following NASA Mission Directorates: Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate (ARMD), Exploration Systems Development Mission Directorate (ESDMD), Science Mission Directorate (SMD), Space Operations Mission Directorate (SOMD), or Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD).

Examples of research categories for each NASA Mission Directorate can be found here.

Eligibility: Must be a United States citizen and a CAS faculty member (full-time, part-time, or adjunct) at American University in one of the following departments: Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Environmental Science, Mathematics & Statistics, Neuroscience, and Physics. The student you select also must be a United States citizen and a full time student at American University majoring in a STEM discipline.

Participating Universities: Eligible applicants must teach a STEM discipline at American University.

Location(s): Research must be conducted in a university setting.

Duration: Summer 2024 (Start Date June 1, 2024; End Date August 31, 2024). No salary or expenses may be incurred or will be reimbursed outside of these dates.

Deadline: Application deadline is Friday, April 12, 2024.

Announcement: Award will be announced by Monday, April 22, 2024.

Awards made: One (1) faculty research grant will be competitively awarded by an interdisciplinary selection committee. All decisions are final.

Awards: One (1) award of $14,300 will be competitively made based on rankings by a selection committee. The faculty member will receive a grant of $14,300 to carry out their proposed research project with an undergraduate or graduate student over Summer 2024. $9,300 of the award may be used for faculty summer salary (including fringe), domestic travel, research supplies/materials, and/or other pre-approved allowable expenses. $5,000 of the award must be used for a student to assist the faculty member ($20/hr x 250 hrs for an undergraduate student or $25/hr x 200 hrs for a graduate student). No equipment purchases are allowed. Faculty members and students must be US citizens. All grant costs must be finalized by August 31, 2024.

Student Selection: Students do not need to be selected at the time you submit your proposal, however, students will need to be selected by April 30, 2024.
How to apply: The online application link is:
Faculty must submit a proposal for summer research in a STEM field, a detailed budget, and a CV.

Proposals/Budgets: Proposals must be a maximum of five pages long, double spaced, 1” margins, 12pt font, in Microsoft Word format. Budgets must be a maximum of one page long, in addition to the five page proposal, and must include a detailed breakdown of the $14,300 grant including salary rates (Maximum six pages total).

Proposal Topic: Describe a STEM summer research project that you would undertake with a student, which NASA Mission Directorate it corresponds to, and how the project relates to NASA’s missions, goals, or research needs.

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