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Undergraduate Research

WSGC awards research awards to qualified undergraduate students to create and implement a small research study of their own design.

Announcement of Opportunity 2019-2020

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

Announcement of Opportunity 2020


  • 2020 Summer Research:  Up to  $4000
  • 2020-2021 Academic-Year Research:  Up to $4000

 * Based on availability of funds. 

Celestine Ananda, Undergraduate Research Fellowship, 2018


Purpose:  Research awards will be provided to qualified undergraduate students to create and implement a small research study of their own design that is directly related to their interests and career objectives in space science, aerospace, or space-related studies. The student may work alone or with a faculty or research staff advisor; however, the conceptualization and design of the project should be their own. Awards will emphasize effective student research and mentoring arrangements. Students from small colleges and universities, and from departments with newly developing space research infrastructure, are especially encouraged to apply. WSGC will facilitate mentoring arrangements if necessary.

To Apply: 

Application Requirements:

  • U.S. citizen
  • WI resident during academic school year
  • Enrolled full-time in, admitted to, or applied to any undergraduate program at a WSGC college or university
  • Enrolled in a STEM program of study and demonstrating an interest in aerospace or supporting NASA’s mission
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA (Proposals that include a GPA of less than 3.0 will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis)
  • Completed application online 

*NOTE:  Students also applying for the Undergraduate Scholarship Program should submit a statement distinguishing the fellowship from the scholarship application. WSGC limits the number of individuals eligible to receive both awards.

The Consortium invites applications for Undergraduate Research 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, and 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, aerospace-related promise, and the demonstrated interest in pursuing a career in STEM/aerospace. For consideration, the application form must be complete and be accompanied by supporting documentation. 

See a list of current and past award recipients

Supporting Materials Required with Application:

  • Copy of your high school transcript (unofficial is acceptable/incoming Freshman and Sophomores only)
  • Copy of most recent college transcript (unofficial is acceptable/not required for incoming Freshman)
  • Two (2) Letters of Recommendation (Research advisor/another faculty member or teacher, employer, or aerospace professional of your choice)
  • A maximum 10-page proposal containing the following categories and labeled clearly (see Tools & Tips for more information on how to create professional communications and Announcement of Opportunity 2020 for specific details):
  1. Introduction/Summary
  2. Background
  3. Proposed Activities
  4. Resource Requirement
  5. Time Line
  6. Budget (See Announcement of Opportunity for Budget Template)

Required Letters of Recommendation:  Letter(s) of recommendation may also be emailed to  Subject: UGR20_LOR.

  1. Two (2) Letters of Recommendation:
    1. One from a faculty member who advises you on your research related to this scholarship (or academic advisor or high school advisor for incoming freshmen).
    2. One from another faculty member, employer, or aerospace professional of your choice.

Award Acceptance Components:  As part of the award acceptance, you will be asked to attend the Annual Wisconsin Space Conference in August and submit the following documents on the WSGC website under Program Applications/Your Applications:

  • Award Acceptance Letter
  • W9 (Carthage College award recipients submit a W4 and I9)
  • 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 by Sept. 15th to the Proceedings of the Wisconsin Space Journal

Please direct questions about the Undergraduate Research Program to:

Gubbi R. Sudhakaran
Associate Director for Research Infrastructure
Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium
Phone: 608-785-8431
Fax: 608-785-8403

Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium
Carthage College
2001 Alford Park Drive, Kenosha WI 53140
Phone: 262-551-6054

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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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