About Space Grant


NASA initiated the National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program, also known as Space Grant, in 1989. Space Grant is a national network of colleges and universities. These institutions are working to expand opportunities for Americans to understand and participate in NASA's aeronautics and space projects by supporting and enhancing science and engineering education, research and public outreach efforts. The Space Grant national network includes over 850 affiliates from universities, colleges, industry, museums, science centers, and state and local agencies. These affiliates belong to one of 52 consortia in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

The 52 consortia fund fellowships and scholarships for students pursuing careers in science, mathematics, engineering and technology, or STEM, as well as curriculum enhancement and faculty development.  Member colleagues and universities also administer pre-college and public service education projects in their states.

The objectives of NASA’s Space Grant program are:

  • Establish and maintain a national network of universities with interests and capabilities in aeronautics, space and related fields;
  • Encourage cooperative programs among universities, aerospace industry, and Federal, state and local governments;
  • Encourage interdisciplinary training, research and public service programs related to aerospace;
  • Recruit and train U.S. citizens, especially women, underrepresented minorities, and persons with disabilities, for careers in aerospace science and technology; and
  • Promote a strong science, mathematics, and technology education base from elementary through secondary levels.

Michigan Space Grant Consortium

The vision of the Michigan Space Grant Consortium is to foster awareness of, education in, and research on space-related science and technology in Michigan. Its mission is to create, develop, and promote programs that support the vision and reflect NASA strategic interests, and encourage cooperation between academia, industry, and state and local government in space-related science and technology in Michigan.

MSGC Affiliate Institutions and Representatives

Professor Mark Moldwin is the director of the Michigan Space Grant Consortium. Affiliate institutions and representatives are as follows: Professor Jason Smolinski (Calvin College), Professor James Sheerin (Eastern Michigan University), Professor Bopaiah Biddanda (Grand Valley State University), Professor Peter Gonthier (Hope College), Professor Michael A. Velbel (Michigan State University), Dr. Lorelle Meadows (Michigan Technological University), Professor Laila Guessous (Oakland University), Professor Garry Johns (Saginaw Valley State University), Professor Jeffrey Potoff (Wayne State University), Professor Massood Z. Atashbar (Western Michigan University), Dr. Cinda-Sue Davis (University of Michigan), and Mr. Michael Madison (Ann Arbor Public Schools).