The mission of NASA’s Space Grant Program is to contribute to the nation’s science enterprise by funding education, research, and informal education projects through a national network of university-based Space Grant consortia.
The Space Grant Program works to:
- Encourage cooperative programs among universities, the aerospace industry, and federal, state, and local governments.
- Encourage interdisciplinary training, research, and public service programs related to aeronautics, space science, and technology.
- Recruit and train professionals, especially women, underrepresented minorities, and persons with disabilities, for careers in aerospace-related fields.
- Develop a strong science, mathematics, and technology education base from elementary through university levels.
The mission of the WSGC is to use the excitement and vision of space and aerospace science to equip the citizens of Wisconsin with the math, science, and technology tools they need to thrive in the 21st century.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
The Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium supports and upholds the NASA Diversity and Inclusion Policy Statement. “The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is committed to a culture of diversity and inclusion, where all employees feel welcome, respected, connected, and engaged,” as well as the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion policy of Carthage College, our lead affiliate.
Our commitment to diversity initiatives within the Consortium is the key to our mission. We strive to contribute to the national need by recruiting a diverse group of students, researchers, and participants for all programs. WSGC focuses our efforts to align with the White House Executive Order 13985 On Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Undeserved Communities Through the Federal Government.
The FNL invites students at tribal colleges from around the country to form teams and compete in a WSGC-hosted national rocket competition held each spring at Bong Recreation Area.
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The Special Initiatives Program (SIP) provides planning grants and supplemental grants for new or ongoing projects that have space-related content and are intended to encourage, attract, or retain underrepresented groups in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematical fields, especially women, minorities, and persons with disabilities. Learn more and apply to the SIP.
WSGC awards $2,000 scholarships to outstanding sophomore and junior undergraduate students identified as a member of a federally recognized minority group (African American, Native American, Hispanic/Latino, or Pacific Islander) enrolled in a STEM program of study, demonstrating an interest in aerospace or supporting NASA’s mission.
WSGC awards $2,000 scholarships to support two outstanding female undergraduate students interested in aviation-related careers.