• I believe I can fly!

    I believe I can fly!

    FY 2014 ASU/NASA Space Grant Graduate Fellow Michael Thompson, a Hispanic PhD student in Mechanical Engineering, serves as ASU's Academic Director for the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE).  He is passionately interested in the development of biomimetically...

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  • Arizona Space Grant Intern Honored with 2013 Arizona Centennial Achievement Award

    UA Space Grant Intern Honored with 2013 Arizona Centennial Achievement Award

    Marianna Yanes, a two-year Arizona Space Grant Intern/Intern Advisor, and a first-generation college student, was one of only two University of Arizona (UA) undergraduate students selected to receive a prestigious Arizona Centennial Achievement Award at the...

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  • ASU Dust Devils Microgravity trip to JSC

    ASU Dust Devils Team Flies Microgravity Experiment at NASA JSC

    Congratulations to ASU's Dust Devils Microgravity team for their trip to JSC! Way to go ASU Dust Devils! Way to go Space Grant Interns!!! Pictured are Jack Lightholder, team lead, Alison Gibson, engineering lead, and Liz Dyer, science lead. They were fortunate enough to be on...

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  • Space Grant Managers and Students Attend "Desert Moon" Premier at Flandrau Planetarium and Science Center

    Space Grant Managers and Students Attend "Desert Moon" Premier at Flandrau Planetarium and Science Center

    A wonderful evening at the premiere of "Desert Moon," created by FY 2013 UA/NASA Space Grant Graduate Fellow Jason Davis, and narrated by retired astronaut Mark Kelly. It was an inspirational and long-overdue opportunity to pay homage to Ewen Whitaker, Robert...

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  • PCC NW Team Brings Innovative and Dynamic Payloads to AZSGC ASCEND! Program

    PCC NW Team Brings Innovative and Dynamic Payloads to AZSGC ASCEND! Program

    PCC was one of the first two community colleges in Arizona to join the ASCEND! program in 2008.  Most of our students are volunteers, and balance the demands of academics, work and family, to participate in this project.  They have created innovative and dynamic payloads,...

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  • Space Grant ASCEND! Team

    Space Grant ASCEND! Team

    Teams from UA, ASU, ERAU, SMCC, PCC and GCC celebrate the 16th successful launch and recovery of the AZSGC ASCEND! (BalloonSat) Program on November 23, 2013.

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  • Former Space Grant Intern, Chris Lewicki, Leads Planetary Resources to First Launch

    Planetary Resources, a company headed by 1993 Space Grant Intern, Chris Lewicki, is taking its first steps towards mining asteroids by setting its launch for October 24th. The satellite will take the opportunity to test the company's software and hardware models. The next...

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  • N.H. Samarasinha, S.M. Larson, and M.P. Martin (left to right) in front of a display showing the results from the web facility.

    UA Space Grant Intern Developed Web Facility for Enhancing Cometary Comae Images with AZSGC Partner Planetary Science Institute

    FY 2012 Space Grant Intern, M. Patrick Martin, has developed a web facility to allow both professional and amateur astronomers to digitally enhance images of cometary comae. Patrick, a University of Arizona junior majoring in mathematics, computer science,...

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  • Space Grant Mentor Chris Impey Receives $1M Grant

    UA's First Associate Director and Long Time Mentor Chris Impey Receives $1M Grant

    Congratulations to Space Grant Mentor, Chris Impey, for receiving a $1 million grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute to support him in improving education for undergraduates. Dr. Impey is the first astronomer and UA professor to receive this...

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  • Space Grant Associate Director Barron Orr Picked for UN Panel

    UA Space Grant Associate Director Barron Orr Picked for UN Panel that will Translate the Science of Desertification into Potential Policy Changes!

    Congratulations to Dr. Barron Orr, Arizona Space Grant Associate Director, who was chosen as a member of a United Nations panel that will translate the science of desertification into potential policy changes! The U.N. has sought to achieve a land-degradation...

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  • NASA Selects Arizona Proposal “ASCENDing Further:  Engaging More Students from Community Colleges in STEM Activities through Expansion of the Arizona Space Grant Consortium ASCEND Program” to Increase STEM Education at Community and Technical Colleges

    NASA Selects Arizona Proposal “ASCENDing Further” to Increase STEM Education at Community and Technical Colleges

    One of the most effective vehicles for engagement of community college students in STEM activities in Arizona has been AZSGC’s ASCEND (Aerospace STEM Challenges to Educate New Discoverers) statewide workforce development program, in which teams of students from affiliate...

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  • Gregory Mace, 2007 Space Grant Intern, 2008 NAU Grad

    2007 NAU Space Grant Astronomy Intern Gregory Mace Takes Passion for Astronomy and Outreach to UCLA

    While a student at NAU, Dr. Gregory Mace participated in two Space Grant Internships. He worked closely with Dr. Lisa Prato at Lowell Observatory to study young, low-mass stars. This work combined almost 20 years of astronomical observations...

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  • Jeff Wheeler, 2006 Space Grant Intern

    Jeff Wheeler, 2006 Space Grant Intern

    Jeff Wheeler is currently a Product Manager at PLEXSYS Interface Products in Camas, WA.  Jeff was a 2006 Space Grant student with the ASCEND! program while obtaining his Electrical Engineer degree. While at NAU, Jeff also was a 4 year starter on the NAU football team and a 3...

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  • Space Grant Fellow Jason Davis Premiers "Desert Moon"

    UA Space Grant Graduate Fellow Jason Davis' "Desert Moon" Video Premiers in June 2014

    A new documentary tells the story of how the University of Arizona's Lunar and Planetary Lab was founded and its groundbreaking work that helped the U.S. win the space race. FY2013 Space Grant Fellow Jason Davis explores this rich history of UA's involvement...

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  • Casey Kahn-Thornbrugh awarded with Centennial Achievement Award!

    Casey Kahn Thornbrugh Mentors First Space Grant Interns at TOCC

    During his Ph.D. program, FY 2011, 2012 Space Grant Fellow, Casey Kahn-Thornbrugh, went to work as an adjunct geography instructor at Tohono O’odham Community College (TOCC) on the Tohono O’odham Nation. While being an Alfred P. Sloan Indigenous Graduate...

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  • Tim Frank’s leadership of SMCC ASCEND! Program Benefits SMCC Engineering Curriculum and Students

    Tim Frank’s leadership of SMCC ASCEND! Team Benefits College's Engineering Program and Students

    Since joining AZSGC in 2008, SMCC has been phenomenally successful at using their involvement in the AZSGC ASCEND! (balloon sat) program to engage students, and ultimately reshape the college’s engineering program. ASCEND! began at SMCC as an extracurricular project for...

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  • Outreach at Flandrau with UA Fellow Joseph Thomas

    Outreach at Flandrau with UA Fellow Joseph Thomas

    A new exhibit at Flandrau Planetarium & Science Center, “Puzzles, Proofs and Patterns” features the work of FY 2014 Space Grant Fellow Joseph Thomas.  He created "Geometry in Context," featuring a series of short films used as teaching aids in high school geometry classes...

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  • ERAU Space Grant Intern Goes from CubeSats to ISS

    Arizona Space Grant Intern Brandon Wagner, a 2012 graduate of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) in Prescott, Arizona, has been hired as the ISS Payload Integration Manager for The Boeing Company.   At ERAU, he was awarded FY 2011 and 2012 Space Grant Undergraduate...

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WELCOME to the website of the Arizona Space Grant Consortium (AZSGC)!

Our consortium, led by a statewide team of managers and affiliate representatives, is part of The National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program, established by Congress in 1987. Space Grant contributes to the nation's science enterprise by implementing research, education and public service projects through a national network of university-based Space Grant consortia. The original Space Grant competition resulted in the selection of 21 independent consortia (including Arizona's!). Subsequently, Space Grant consortia have been established in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Nationally, the Space Grant network has 830 affiliate members from academia, industry, government agencies, the military and nonprofit institutions. 32 of these are members and partners of Arizona's Space Grant Consortium.

The specific objectives of the program are:

  • To establish a national network of universities with interests and capabilities in aeronautics, space and related fields;
  • To encourage cooperative programs among universities, aerospace industry, and federal, state and local governments;
  • To encourage interdisciplinary training research, and public-service programs related to aerospace;
  • To recruit and train professionals, especially women and underrepresented minorities, for careers in aerospace science, technology, and allied fields; and
  • To promote a strong science, math, and technology educational base from elementary through university levels.

The AZSGC mission is to expand opportunities for Americans to learn about and participate in NASA's aeronautics and space programs by supporting and enhancing science, and engineering education, research, and delivering high quality public education programs. Our goal is to integrate research with education to help build a diverse, scientifically literate citizenry and a well-prepared science, engineering and technology workforce.  We are proud of our students, programs and accomplishments and appreciate your interest in AZSGC!

Fall 2015 National Space Grant Directors’ Council Meeting

Welcome from the AZSGC Managers!

Dr. Tim SwindleSusan BrewDr. Barron OrrChandra Holifield Collins
Dr. Tom SharpCandace JacksonDr. Nadine BarlowKathleen StigmonDr. Ron Madler Dr. Gary Yale


Arizona/NASA Space Grant
The University of Arizona
1629 E. University Blvd.
Tucson, AZ 85721-0092
Phone: (520) 621-8556
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