INSGC - Indiana Space Grant Consortium

Upcoming Activities and Project Information:

Initiation of Northern Indiana Groundwater Modeling Consortium at Valparaiso University

Groundwater flow modeling lies at the intersection of several STEM disciplines; the mathematical and computational concepts encountered are similar to those seen in physics, engineering and metrology. This one year project will lay the groundwork for future collaborations in the area of groundwater flow modeling among two institutions in Northern Indiana (Valparaiso University and Ball State University), in both computational and laboratory settings.

Environmental and Multimedia Investigations into Riparian Zone Management through Hands-On Learning as Ball State University

This program, starting Fall 2013, pursues a collaboration between students in natural sciences and multimedia production. Students will practice and develop the skills needed to collect, analyze, and communicate scientific data to society, by taking field notes, creating multimedia projects based on data results, composing an interim riparian-zone policy and writing a final paper.

Incorporating a Real-World Environmental Consulting Experience into an Undergraduate Course through Hands-On Learning at Indiana State University

The purpose of the project is provide a “work” experience for students in an upper level Environmental Geology course (ENVI457/557) for Fall 2013, by developing their report writing skills after completing a field and laboratory based class research project, led by Mr. Jeffrey Carnahan. The project will include field work, collecting data, interpreting data, and submitting a final written report with the overall purpose of simulating different aspects of being an environmental consultant, including being a field geologist, laboratory analyst, and a project manager.

How NASA Impacts Our Lives at Purdue University

This year, the Summer Engineering Workshop (SEW) program that is sponsored by Minority Engineering Program (MEP) will incorporate a NASA-based project and Exploring Space Through Math activity for each of 3 one-week long workshops that are set up for the summer to allow students to both perform hands-on activities and utilize the math enrichment that is already in-place. Various engineering majors will be highlighted that would be utilized within NASA to perform such design and execution of projects.

The UEngineering Experience through K-12 Learning at the University of Evansville

20 female freshman high school students will have the opportunity to spend one full day at the University of Evansville during Spring 2014 to explore engineering. The project will be completed in one day, will build partnerships with the intention of broadening the program to a “college bridge” class that will meet once a week throughout the academic semester in the student’s junior and seniors years, allowing for both high school and college credit.

The Renewable Energy Zone through Hands-On Learning at Valparaiso University

An extension of two previous projects (a small portable wind turbine, and a photovoltaic, PV, panel mounted to a portable cart and a control system to allowed the PV panel to track the sun) the Valparaiso University Renewable Energy Zone (VUREZ) project would create structures to permanently mount these devices outside the VU College of Engineering and install measurement and control electronics in a convenient space within an existing laboratory. The VUREZ will provide an engineering research student with valuable and marketable experiences with renewable energy devices, and allow future students the ability to interact with these instruments and gain valuable insight.

Foundations in Science and Mathematics at Indiana University

This summer program offers preparatory courses in science and mathematics for local high school students. The program has been held for the past two summers at Indiana University and received INSGC funding during the summer of 2011. The program consists of two identical two-week sessions made up of eight distinct courses in science and mathematics. Class meetings will consist of lecture style instruction, group work, hands-on activities, demonstrations, and discussion. The program will also provide opportunities outside of class for students to tour research facilities at Indiana University.
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Modeling the Cognitive Effects of Microgravity at IPFW<

Studying the navigation and brain function in mice lacking functional otolith organs, this project will provide insight into the effects of long-term microgravity on brain function, as well as the effectiveness of alternative strategies to support gravity-dependent brain signals. The first half of the project will be completed during Fall 2013, and the second half in Spring 2014. Undergraduate students at IPFW will conduct experiments and gain training and experience with experimental design, procedures and analysis.

Observational Astronomy for Research and STEM Engagement at Valparaiso University

This program will provide research experience for 4 undergraduate STEM majors over a period of four weeks training in the basics of observational research in astronomy and participate in a bi-weekly public open house program and be involved in any special astronomy outreach events. 90 non-STEM Astronomy 101 students will get the opportunity to have a small experience of scientific research.

Rock On at Trine University

Teams of three consisting of one faculty member, one Mechanical Engineering student, and one Electrical Engineering student, will learn through hands-on activities how to build a sounding rocket payload. Freshman and sophomore students will be actively recruited to attend the RockOn Workshop, held in mid-June 2013. Students will gain hands-on NASA-related engineering experience that will better prepare them for STEM employment, and will overall gain increased interest in NASA programs.

Design Racecars with Space Tech (DRST) at Purdue University

Purdue University Minority Engineering Program (MEP) will use this project to engage 30 attendees of MEP’s Academic Boot Camp (ABC) in a 5 week space technology-related engineering design project tied to the freshman engineering curriculum at Purdue. This experience will strengthen the ability of ABC to retain participating students in engineering and improve their first-year academic performance.

Purdue Space Day

Organized by university students, Purdue Space Day (PSD) is an educational outreach program, which provides grade school students from Grades 3-8, the opportunity to learn about science, technology, engineering, and mathematics by participating in age-appropriate activity sessions throughout the day, along with the chance to meet and listen to an astronaut discuss their experiences. Since 1996, over 1,200 university students have taken part in the organization and running of the event and over 4000 grade school students have participated in PSD.
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MITE at Purdue University

The Multiethnic Introduction to Engineering (MITE) program, sponsored by the Minority Engineering Program (MEP), will incorporate a NASA-based activity for one of MITE’s 5 week camp, which will allow participants to perform several design projects that highlight various areas of engineering. Participants are high school juniors who have shown aptitude or interest in the College of Engineering or STEM research. 

Outreach to Space 2013 at Science Central

OTS allows a location to become an educational and entertaining site for astronomy-focused, STEM learning, by providing Indiana residents with 10-14 hands-on space-related interactive exhibits. The educational content from the interactive stations provide an informal science education experience beyond the walls of the science center. The exhibits were designed to educate and inspire any audience - urban and rural, young and old - to learn about astronomy, our solar system and NASA.

Discovery Park Undergraduate Research Internships (DURI) at Purdue University

The program goals are twofold: engage undergraduate students in cutting edge, interdisciplinary research projects conducted within Discovery Park and encourage students to continue their studies in graduate school and pursue careers in research. Students apply the diverse skills they learn in school while gaining professional experience, hands-on practice in research, and acquaintance with research-related opportunities. DURI provides 50 part-time internships during the academic semester and up to 25 full-time internships during the summer. The DURI program also offers a small number of intensive year-long research internships in targeted areas.

DEMA 2013 Summer Scholars at Indiana University

The Summer Scholars Institute at Indiana University (IU) is an eight-week program that enrolls select college students from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and IU in a continuous substantive research experience in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) disciplines. Since its start in 2006 it has been administered through the IU Office of the Vice President for Diversity, Equity, Multicultural Affairs (DEMA) as part of the larger IU-HBCU STEM Initiative**. Eighty-five percent of the Summer Scholars time during the Institute is spent in mentored research projects.

Matching Funds for URGP at Purdue University Calumet

The goals of the URGP at Purdue University Calumet are to help undergraduates participate in research and scholarly activities in collaboration with PUC faculty and staff. The URGP defines research broadly to mean research, scholarly, or artistic activities that lead to the production of new knowledge including design, analysis, theory and interpretation. These activities should lead to publication, presentations, and advanced technology.


The Multidisciplinary Undergraduate Research Institute (MURI) Program will offer a nine-week full-time summer program for undergraduate students at IUPUI to develop student competence in core research skills, research “professionalism”, academic success skills, and in-depth work in a multidisciplinary team. Students are expected to spend 40 hours per week on program related tasks, with 75% of the time spent with mentors and the other 25% spent engaged in professional development enrichment activities.

FIRST at Purdue University

FIRST engages, inspires and mentors K-12 students locally, statewide and across the Midwest to pursue higher education and careers in STEM disciplines through participations in FIRST programs, including FIRST Lego League Competition and FIRST Robotics Competition hosted at Purdue University and sponsored by the Purdue Student Chapter of FIRST Programs.

Urban Garden Testing (IU & IUPUI) at Indiana State University

Students enrolled in J. Latimer's Introductory Environmental Science (ENVI110/110L) course during Summer and Fall 2013 at ISU, along with graduate and undergraduate students at both ISU and IUPUI will get the opportunity to participate in a hands-on research project, studying the heavy metal content in soil and gain valuable field and laboratory experience.