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Dr. Laurel Salton Clark Memorial Research Fellowship

Announcement of Opportunity 2019-2020

Applications Open: November 15, 2019
Submission Deadline: February 5, 2020
Award Announcements: March 27, 2020

Dr. Laurel Salton Clark Memorial Research Fellowship Announcement of Opportunity


2020 Summer Research:  Up to $5000
2020-2021 Academic-Year Research:  Up to $5000

About The Program:  The Dr. Laurel Salton Clark Memorial Graduate & Professional Research Fellowship Award was established in 2004 in honor of Dr. Laurel Clark, Columbia Space Shuttle astronaut and resident of Wisconsin. The award is granted annually to a promising Wisconsin student enrolled in a graduate or professional degree granting program at a WSGC member institution, pursuing studies in the fields of environmental or life sciences, whose research has an aerospace component. Additionally, the WSGC seeks to support those students who personify the qualities of leadership, intellectual balance, and an ongoing commitment to improving the human condition that were the hallmarks of Dr. Clark’s life.

Dr. Laurel Salton Clark Memorial at Kennedy Space CenterDr. Laurel Salton Clark Memorial at Kennedy Space Center

To Apply

Current & Past Award Recipients

 Application Requirements:  To apply for this fellowship, you must register and apply online at  and meet the following minimum requirements:

  • U.S. citizen
  • Enrolled full-time in, admitted to, or applied to any graduate degree program at a WSGC college or university
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA (Proposals that include a GPA of less than 3.0 will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis)
  • Above average GRE, MCAT, or equivalent scores
  • Research or engineering design in an environmental or life sciences field related to space or aerospace
  • Completed application online (see Supporting Materials Required with Application below)

Additionally, applicant must:

  • show a broad, balanced set of interests and pursuits outside the field of science.
  • demonstrate the qualities of leadership and an ongoing commitment to improving the human condition.

The Consortium invites applications for the Dr. Laurel Salton Clark Research Fellowship Award for the 2020-2021 academic year. For consideration, application forms must be complete and be accompanied by supporting documentation. The Consortium especially encourages applications from members of minority groups, women, persons with disabilities, and from those pursuing interdisciplinary aerospace studies in, but not limited to, engineering, the sciences, architecture, law, business, nursing and medicine. Award winners will be chosen based on academic performance, space-related promise, alignment of the proposed work with the purpose of the Award in honoring the legacy of Dr. Salton Clark, and quality of the application.

Supporting Materials Required with Application 

  1. A two to four-page proposal containing the following (see Tools & Tips for more information on how to create professional communications):
    a) A clear, concise statement of the environmental or life sciences research, in which you will be engaged or you propose to conduct during the period of this award (indicate how this research is directly involved with the degree you are pursuing). Include how your research, at least in a broad sense, aligns with NASA Directorate or Center goals.
    (b) Tasks, Schedules and clearly stated Expected Results.
    (c) Evidence of previous interest and experience in space-related studies.
    (d) The significance/value of your work for the space/aerospace field.
  2. Complete academic resume containing previous degrees, majors or areas of concentration, name and address of institutions, publications if any, etc., as well as relevant work experiences and accomplishments (see Tools & Tips for more information on how to create a resume).
  3. A one-page Budget Summary (for your independent research that should be for your sole benefit)
    (a) Provide a brief explanation of any major expenditure items. Any travel or other expenses should be related to your research. You may request living stipends, tuition offsets, supplies and expenses, and similar sorts of funding. WSGC will support travel to and from the Wisconsin Space conference only if expenses are included in the budget proposal.  
    (b) International travel, computers and salary are not allowable expenses under NASA training grants such as WSGC.

    Budget Item




    Be specific under this column




    Salaries and Fringe
    (Faculty, Students, Other)*

    Annual Wisconsin Space Conference (travel/presentation)**

    Supplies and Expense***





    $  XX.xx



    $  XX.xx









      *Salaries and Fringe budgets should include the following details:  name/position, number of hours, hourly rate, and fringe calculation rates. 
    **WSGC financially supports travel to and from the Wisconsin Space Conference only if expenses are included in this budget proposal.  Travel will be considered if it is fundamentally important to the project. Out of country travel cannot be funded. Please delineate between air, ground, lodging, and meal expenses. Travel details should include purpose, location and duration.
    ***WSGC will not fund overhead.

  4. Copies (unofficial are acceptable) of your undergraduate transcript(s)
  5. Copies (unofficial are acceptable) of your graduate transcript(s), including most recent

Required Letters of Recommendation:  Letter(s) of recommendation may also be emailed to  Subject: LSC20_LOR.

  1. Two (2) Letters of Recommendation:

(a) One from your academic advisor or mentor stating his or her willingness to supervise your space, aerospace or space-related project and a description of his or her advisory role.
(b) One from another faculty member, employer, or aerospace professional familiar with your proposed area of work.

Award Acceptance Components:  As part of your award acceptance, you will be asked to attend the Annual Wisconsin Space Conference in August and submit the following documents to your Grant Management page on the WSGC Grant Application page:

  • Award Acceptance Letter
  • W9
  • Media Release Form
  • One-Paragraph Biography
  • Professional Photo
  • Office of Education Survey must be completed by December 15, 2021
  • Interim Report
  • 2-3 Project Photos Featuring Awardee w/Project
  • Present project at the Annual Wisconsin Space Conference in August
  • Submit a Proceeding Paper/Final Report by Sept. 15th to the Proceedings of the Wisconsin Space Journal

Please direction questions about the Dr. Laurel Salton Clark Memorial Research Fellowship program to:

Lindsay McHenry, Ph.D.
Associate Director for Scholarships/Fellowships
Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium
Phone:  414-229-3951

Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium
Carthage College
2001 Alford Park Drive
Kenosha, WI 53140
Phone: (262) 551-6504

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This funding opportunity is made available for the pursuit of space-related research and/or activities through the National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program: NASA Training Grant #NNX15AJ12H. Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) number for this award is 43.008.

All awards are fully competitive awards of opportunity in which applications are reviewed by the WSGC Technical Advisory Panel and other experts as needed. Awards are made by the Assistant Director based on recommendations from the Associate Director.

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