NASA's National Space Grant College and Fellowship program, enacted by the United States Congress in 1988 and initiated by NASA in 1989, is celebrating its 30th anniversary in Washington, DC on February 25, 2020. In January 1990, Georgia was one of the first states to join the program, with the establishment of the Georgia Space Grant Consortium (GSGC) and some of its founding members including Georgia Institute of Technology (lead institution), Clark Atlanta University, and Georgia State University. The mission statement of GSGC states that “The GSGC supports STEM education, research, and public engagement programs. It is a catalyst to help produce a highly trained and diverse technical workforce that will include scientists, engineers, technology professionals and educators and fully engage underrepresented groups and women. The GSGC actively collaborates with the national network of Space Grant consortia and NASA to achieve its mission.”
Since its establishment, the Georgia Space Grant Consortium has continued to grow over the years, now with 21 affiliates and 10 partners. Over the past 3 decades, GSGC has directly supported approximately 4,500 undergraduate and graduate students in Georgia. GSGC has also provided outreach in the form of K-12 STEM education and hands-on activities at schools and science centers to an estimated 600,000 Georgia residents during the past 30 years. And GSGC has engaged approximately of 60,000 K-12 educators and more than 120 Ph. D. recipients since its establishment. GSGC looks forward to continuing to engage student and educators while supporting the STEM pipeline across Georgia.
For more information about GSGC, our affiliates and programs, visit the GSGC website. For more information about NASA's National Space Grant College and Fellowship program, visit NASA's Office of STEM Engagement website.