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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. 

Schools of:

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



NASA Opportunities

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Research and Fellowships

NASA EPSCoR Rapid Response Research

The goals of R3 are to provide a streamlined method to address research issues important to NASA, and to enable NASA EPSCoR researchers to work with NASA to solve research issues impacting the Agency’s programs/missions.

The Rapid Response Research (R3) program is an attempt to implement research within NASA and commercial partners to address technical issues. This opportunity will allow EPSCoR researchers to work alongside NASA and commercial partners for up to one year and is intended to strengthen the bonds among EPSCoR jurisdictions, NASA, commercial partners, and other entities.

  • Deadline for submission of a NOI:  Jan. 19, 2022 at 5 p.m. 

Submit the NOI Form

2022 Faculty Fellowship Program

Applications are being accepted for 10-week summer research opportunities at NASA's Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio. The program provides stipends and covers limited travel expenses. Qualified faculty from minority-serving universities and colleges, underrepresented and underserved groups, and early career faculty are encouraged to apply.

  • Application Deadline: Jan. 21, 2022
  • Fellowship Dates: June 6 - Aug. 12, 2022 

2022 MSSGC Graduate Fellowships

A major goal of the MSSGC is to help produce the engineers and scientists of the future. While opportunities for careers in STEM fields have expanded, the number of talented students pursuing degrees in mathematics, engineering, and the sciences has been declining. To encourage talented individuals to pursue STEM fields of study, the MSSGC established the Graduate Research Fellowship Awards.

The Fellowship program is open to graduate students who are U.S. citizens and will be enrolled in a program of full-time study at one of the MSSGC universities. Students may apply prior to entering or anytime during their graduate program. Eligibility is not limited to science and engineering majors. Any field of study that includes coursework related to research or interest to NASA is eligible.

  • Submission deadline: Feb. 7, 2022

NASA Student Airborne Research Program

The NASA Student Airborne Research Program is an eight-week summer internship for rising senior undergraduate students. The program provides students with hands-on research experience in all aspects of a scientific campaign on one or more of the NASA Airborne Science Program’s flying science laboratories. Participants will help operate aircraft instruments to sample atmospheric gases and/or to image land and water surfaces in multiple spectral bands. Applicants must be U.S. citizens. Participants receive a stipend, and travel/living expenses are covered.

  • Submission deadline: Jan. 26, 2022

NASA Student Airborne Science Activation Program

The NASA Student Airborne Science Activation (SaSa) program invites highly-motivated rising sophomore and rising junior undergraduate students to participate in an eight-week summer research experience. The program provides students with hands-on research experience in all components of a scientific campaign, including flying onboard the NASA P-3 research aircraft to collect land, ocean, and atmospheric measurements. Participants receive a stipend, and travel/living expenses are covered.

  • Submission deadline: Jan. 31, 2022


Webinars/Internships With NASA Partners

STEM Resources

Arthemis Pathway

Artemis: Get NASA STEM Resources in Your Inbox

Early this year, the Artemis I mission will send an uncrewed Orion spacecraft thousands of miles beyond the Moon. Leading up to launch, NASA’s Artemis I STEM Learning Pathway will provide weekly newsletters filled with STEM resources and ready-to-use content.

Moon Phases

Make a Moon Phase Calendar and Calculator for 2022

The new 2022 calendar is available for download in regular and low-ink print versions. And don’t miss the accompanying Educator Guide for more Moon phase fun.

Moon Phases Videos

Moon Phase and Libration Videos for 2022

What will the Moon phase be on your birthday this year? Explore high-resolution images of lunar phases for any day of 2022.



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