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Mississippi Space Grant Consortium

Mississippi Space Grant Consortium

The Mississippi Space Grant Consortium (MSSGC) is a statewide non-profit organization supported by NASA whose membership includes 17 institutions of higher learning across the state, including Southern Miss.

The NASA Space Grant program is designed to encourage and motivate excellence in student performance and to raise awareness of NASA employment and research opportunities among students with relevant majors at Southern Miss.


Dr. David Cochran


As the USM campus coordinator for the Mississippi Space Grant Consortium since 2018, I’ve overseen the disbursement of $110,000 in Space Grant scholarships and IDCC prizes to students majoring in STEM fields. For me, it is gratifying to be able to reward our hard-working STEM students and share with the university community some of the career-altering opportunities available at NASA.

Dr. David Cochran, professor of geography in the School of Biological, Environmental, and Earth Sciences. 

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Innovative Design in Computing Competition 

The goal of the IDCC is to provide students in the School of Computing Sciences and Computer Engineering an opportunity to showcase what they have learned as part of their undergraduate curriculum.

The program consists of a competition among teams of two or more students, most of whom are graduating seniors. These teams:

  • submit abstracts about their projects;
  • collaborate over the course of the academic year to develop and design a computing project that focuses on specific applications, robotics, and other elements of computer science and engineering;
  • prepare and present a final project presentation or demonstration to a panel of judges.


MSSGC Leadership

Headquartered at the University of Mississippi, MSSGC is led by Dr. Nathan Murray, director, and Dr. Earnest Stephens, assistant director. 

Mississippi Space Grant



Space Grant In The News

July 26, 2021

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Recipients of NASA-Mississippi Space Grant Consortium Scholarships, IDCC


July 30, 2021

Nasa Fellowship Recipients

Graduate Students Earn NASA/Mississippi Space Grant Consortium Fellowships




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