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About the Arkansas Space Grant Consortium

Empowering Arkansas in Aerospace: ASGC's Vision and Mission

The Arkansas Space Grant Consortium (ASGC) is a pivotal part of a nationwide network funded by NASA to enhance America's aerospace science and technology capabilities. ASGC partners with 17 four-year universities and colleges across Arkansas, dedicated to advancing space science education, research, and public outreach. Through scholarships, research grants, and educational programs, ASGC supports students and faculty in STEM fields, aligning with NASA's mission to inspire the next generation of scientists, engineers, and explorers. This commitment underscores ASGC's role in fostering a culture of innovation and discovery within Arkansas and beyond.

Our Process

Idea Generation


Aligning with NASA's Missions

This phase focuses on brainstorming project ideas that align with NASA's current research priorities and missions. By closely monitoring NASA's strategic goals, ASGC identifies areas where consortium members can contribute meaningful research and educational initiatives that support national space objectives.


Interdisciplinary Collaborations

Emphasizing the importance of interdisciplinary research, this stage encourages faculty and students from different STEM fields to collaborate on projects. This cross-pollination of ideas ensures that projects are innovative, incorporating diverse perspectives and expertise to tackle complex aerospace challenges.


Community and Industry Engagement

Recognizing the importance of real-world applications, this part of the process involves engaging with local communities, industries, and educational institutions. By fostering partnerships outside the academic sphere, ASGC ensures that projects have practical relevance and contribute to broader societal and technological advancements.

Collaborative Development


Project Planning and Design

This stage involves detailed planning, where project teams outline objectives, methodologies, and expected outcomes. Design thinking is applied to ensure innovative approaches to solving aerospace challenges, leveraging the diverse expertise within the consortium.


Research and Development

At this core phase, teams engage in rigorous research, experimenting and analyzing data to advance their projects. Collaboration with NASA experts and industry professionals enriches this process, providing valuable insights and resources.


Educational Integration

Projects are integrated into educational programs, providing students hands-on experience and research opportunities. This bridges the gap between theoretical knowledge and practical application, enhancing the learning experience and preparing students for careers in aerospace.

Educational Outreach


Workshops and Seminars

Facilitating workshops and seminars led by experts, ASGC brings the latest aerospace science discoveries and technologies into classrooms and community spaces, enriching STEM education with real-world applications.


Student-Led Initiatives

Encouraging student-led initiatives, ASGC supports projects that allow students to apply their learning, innovate, and lead outreach activities, fostering leadership and teamwork skills essential for their future careers.


Community Engagement

Expanding the reach of aerospace science through community engagement events, ASGC connects with the public to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers, emphasizing the importance of STEM in everyday life.

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