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The Space Cowboys rocket team (pictured above) was founded in 2006 at Mississippi State University, an affiliate of the NASA/MSSGC. The team participates in the University Student Launch Initiative (USLI) each year, beginning in August. The team recently returned from the 2011-2012 NASA USLI where they placed second, overall, out of 40 other colleges and universities (MIT, Calpoly, Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech, and many others). The team also won first place for their NASA SMD payload for the most innovative and creative SMD payload that maximized safety and science value. The team also received an honorable mention for their 2011-2012 educational engagement activities where they reached 2000 students (elementary - high school).
2012 NASA Academy
The NASA Academies offer a ten-week summer experience for college students with emphasis on immersive and integrated multi-disciplinary exposure and training. Activities include laboratory research, a group project, lectures, meetings with experts and administrators, visits to NASA centers and space-related industries, and technical presentations. Students learn how NASA and its centers operate, gain experience in world-class laboratories, and participate in leadership development and team-building activities. Applications are due: January 23, 2012 @ 5:00pm (EST). >>> More Information
The Mississippi Space Grant Consortium is a statewide network of colleges, universities, industries and public service institutions providing opportunities for Mississippians, especially those from underrepresented groups, to understand and participate in NASA's aeronautics and space programs by supporting and enhancing science, mathematics, engineering and technology education, research, and outreach programs.
Strengthen science, technology, engineering and mathematics programs throughout the state.
Enhance aerospace-related research opportunities at undergraduate and graduate levels.
Inspire students, especially those from underrepresented groups, to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
Improve the state's scientific literacy by providing educators with innovative strategies for teaching math and science.
Serve the general public by supporting programs that contribute to scientific literacy.