2019 JHU Physics Fair

The weather cooperated! And we had a good turnout for the 16th Annual Physics Fair at JHU, sponsored in part by MDSGC, which was held from 11-5:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 27th, 2019. Each year during the Physics Fair, the Bloomberg Center for Physics & Astronomy on JHU’s Homewood Campus (click here for directions) is open to the public and hosts activities, competitions, shows, and many hands-on physics demonstrations to intrigue the mind and delight the senses. This family-friendly STEM event is especially designed to inspire future scientists. We hope you can join us next year!

If you attended this year and haven’t already done so, we encourage you to fill out this brief survey to let us know what you think! As always, you can find more information to stoke your scientific curiosity at the Physics Fair Links page.

2019 JHU Physics Fair poster

Scholarship Applications

The regular deadline for Fall 2019-Spring 2020 scholarship applications was May 15, 2019. Late applications are still being accepted for Morgan State, Johns Hopkins, and University of Maryland Eastern Shore. For information about the program and to submit a late application, visit our Scholarships page. Priority is given to eligible returning students, but new applications can always be considered, contingent on the availability of funds.

Current scholarship recipients: if you are looking for the awardee information form, it is here.

2019 MDSGC Summer Exchange Internship Program Announcement

The 2019 program will exchange students among five participating universities for a 10-week engineering internship experience. Visit the 2019 Summer Exchange page for program information. The application deadline was April 10, 2019.

The MDSGC Summer Exchange program supports qualified students from participating universities to partake in hands-on summer engineering internships at any of the other participating institutions. Interested students should contact the faculty coordinator (see below) at their home institution.

The participating institutions in the 2019 program are:

Capitol Technology University
Coordinator: Prof. Angela Walters

Morgan State University
Coordinator: Prof. Guangming Chen

University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Coordinator: Prof. Carlos Romero-Talamás

University of Maryland, College Park
Coordinator: Prof. Mary Bowden

University of Maryland, Eastern Shore
Coordinator: Prof. Abhijit Nagchaudhuri

For more information and to apply, go to the 2019 Summer Exchange page. Any questions should be addressed to the faculty coordinator at your institution or Matt Collinge at MDSGC.

NASA and ISS Videos

Aurora over Scandinavia at night from the International Space Station.

Watching live coverage of the successful NASA Mars Insight landing yesterday reminded us of some other excellent space videos we’ve seen lately.

Here’s one to mark NASA’s 60th anniversary. Like science fiction, but real:

Also celebrating an anniversary recently, in this case its 20th, was the International Space Station (ISS). A long sequence of Earth from orbit, with some landmarks identified:

As long as we’re on the topic, here’s one more from ISS. An inbound rocket launch:

Hope you enjoy them as much as we did. If you’re curious about the image at the top, click on it to learn more!

Next RockOn Workshop – Summer 2019

RockOn, a workshop at Wallops Flight Facility for sounding rocket payload design, is an exciting chance for teams of students to kickstart payload projects at their home institutions. Participants in the workshop will build a working scientific payload and then see it launch on a real sounding rocket!

MDSGC strongly encourages Maryland teams or individuals to apply for support to participate in RockOn, which is hosted by our colleagues at the Colorado and Virginia Space Grant Consortia. The 2019 workshop dates will be June 14-21, 2019. Discounted early registration was available until March; generally we expect all slots to fill earlier so don’t delay.

Maryland teams or individuals planning to attend or interested for a future year should contact Matt Collinge for details or with any questions.