The Maryland Space Grant Consortium, MDSGC is Maryland's implementation arm of NASA's National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program. It meets objectives through a wide variety of activities that target higher-education, pre-college, research and public outreach.
Maryland Space Grant Consortium provides:
- Scholarships and fellowships to graduate and undergraduate students.
- Seed money for college programs.
- Interdisciplinary, graduate-level education in Earth/space science and research opportunities for K-12 math and science teachers.
- Weekly observatory "Open Nights" and other events for the public that highlight NASA's current scientific missions.
The National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program
The National Aeronautics and Space Administrationbegan began the National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program (also known as Space Grant) in 1989. Space grant contributes to the nation's science enterprise by funding research, education, and public service projects through a national network of 52 university-based Space Grant consortia.
These consortia administer programs in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. The consortia's 703 affiliates include 493 academic institutions and 62 businesses. Other partners include state and local government agencies, other federal agencies, and nonprofit organizations. Space Grant celebrates its tenth year of service in 1999.
Since its inception, Space Grant has awarded over 12,000 U.S. citizens with tuition assistance in science, engineering, and related fields of study.