About New Hampshire Space Grant Consortium

Our Mission: To stimulate and enhance science and mathematics education at all levels; providing motivation, improving quality, and increasing access for students, teachers, and the general public.

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New Hampshire Space Grant Consortium
Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans, and Space
University of New Hampshire 
8 College Road, Durham, NH 03824
Phone: (603) 862-4315
jan.heirtzler@unh.edu

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 University of New Hampshire

New Hampshire's Land, Sea, and Space grant university, the University of New Hampshire offers teaching and research opportunities to inspire our future scientists.

UNH Thompson Hall beauty shot

About UNH:

New Hampshire's major public research university, The University of New Hampshire has more than 10,000 undergraduate and 2000 graduate students. Within its seven schools, the University offers 2,000 courses in over 100 majors and has degree programs spanning a wide variety of fields in the arts, sciences, business, and engineering.

Space Research:

At UNH, most space-related research takes place in the Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans, and Space (EOS). Many institute researchers also teach in UNH departments of PhysicsEarth SciencesNatural ResourcesElectrical and Computer Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering.

UNH Student Programs:

Space Grant Programs at UNH include fellowship awards to graduate students in science, engineering, and science education, as well as support for undergraduate research in these fields provided through the UNH Undergraduate Research Awards (URA). UNH Students have participated in NASA Summer Academies at NASA Research Centers. The programs offer advanced students (junior and above) a summer residential research experience in a NASA environment.

Space Grant Director:


Dr. Antoinette (Toni) Galvin
 

Research Professor and NH Space Grant Consortium Director Toni Galvin joined NHSGC in 1999. Her research interests include solar wind composition.

Assistant Director:


David Heirtzler


David Heirtzler is a physicist and research engineer at UNH, and has been working on Space Grant since 2016.

Coordinator:


Jan Heirtzler


Jan Heirtzler has a background in biology (BS, 1996) and web design, and has been working for NH Space Grant since 2018.

 Dartmouth College

Dartmouth College offers undergraduate and graduate programs in a wide range of study including physics, astronomy, engineering, life sciences, and computer science.

Aiming to be accessible to the broadest range of students possible, admission is based upon accomplishments and talent. For that reason, Dartmouth operates on a "need-blind" admissions policy, ensuring that admissions decisions are made without regard to financial circumstances of applicants. The College guarantees that 100% of a student’s demonstrated financial need will be met for all four years of enrollment. Financial aid awards include grants, low-interest student loans, and to that end, NH Space Grant at Dartmouth has participated in funding some very promising science students.

Dartmouth College Baker-Berry Library

Research at Dartmouth:

Dartmouth faculty maintain active research programs while teaching undergraduate and graduate classes. Those research programs support graduate students and offer early research experiences to undergraduates.

Scholarships:

Space Grant scholarships have been established as part of Dartmouth's support to outstanding students in physics, engineering, Earth sciences, and and aerospace-related fields.

Dartmouth students are also eligible for participation in NASA Summer Academies. The programs offer advanced students (junior and above) a summer residential research experience in a NASA environment.

Internships:

Space Grant sponsors student research internships in the Departments of Physics and Astronomy, Earth Science, and Computer Science, and the Thayer School of Engineering. Space Grant offers sophomore internships to women students interested in space-related fields.

Fellowships:

NHSGC offers graduate fellowship support to qualified students in the Departments of Physics and AstronomyEarth Science, and Computer Science, and the Thayer School of Engineering. Fellowships cover stipend and tuition, and are awarded for one or more academic quarters. Space Grant also supports travel grants for students and their mentors to participate in professional meetings relevant to NASA's strategic interests. 
Dartmouth offers Space Grant awards for outstanding M.S. and PhD. research in NASA-related fields.

WISP:

Women in Science at Dartmouth focuses on creating a learning environment where women can thrive in science, engineering and mathematics. This goal is achieved by enhancing experiences of Dartmouth women, particularly in their first year, through a set of proven intervention strategies that includes: mentoring, early hands-on research experience, role models, access to information, and building a community in the sciences.

Contact:

Dartmouth College Representative: 
Jim LaBelle
Physics Department Chair and Professor of Physics and Astronomy Jim LaBelle is an experimental space plasma physicist.

 Plymouth State University

PSU has an enrollment of approximately 4,300 undergraduate and more than 2,000 graduate students. Located in central New Hampshire, PSU is part of the University System of New Hampshire and is accredited by the New England Association of Schools in Colleges.

PSU has nearly 50 undergraduate majors and 70 minors in programs that include business, education, the arts, the humanities, and the natural and social sciences, PSU offers a rich, student-focused learning environment.

PSU Campus with fall foliage

Meteorology at PSU:

With the only BS and MS meteorology programs in the state of NH, Plymouth State University enrolls about 40 undergraduate and 10 graduates students each year. In addition, the University just started a new interdisciplinary BS degree in Climate Studies.

The Judd Gregg Meteorological Institute, established in 2003, houses state-of-the-art classrooms, labs, a fully-equipped rooftop weather observation center, a meteorological data center, and a television broadcasting center where aspiring weather forecasters can hone their skills on local TV broadcasts .

Research:

The PSU meteorology program takes a "hands-on" approach. Research is heavily encouraged, with summer programs at facilities like NASA/Goddard, the National Environmental Data Information Service, the National Center for Environmental Prediction, the Storm Prediction Center, and the National Center for Atmospheric Research. Most PSU students participating in summer or senior research programs have gone on to graduate school.

Students focusing on secondary science education are provided a variety of student teaching opportunities.

Scholarships:

The Plymouth State University (PSU) Meteorology program is proud to be able to offer between 7 and 14 NASA Space Grant undergraduate scholarships of $500 to $1000 each year. The scholarships are to support NASA's goal of ensuring that a broad and diverse set of students are attracted to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) through NASA opportunities. In particular these scholarships address the NASA Space Grant objective to "Recruit and train U.S. citizens, especially women, underrepresented minorities and persons with disabilities for careers in aerospace science and technology." Scholarship students are expected to maintain a GPA of 3.0 and participate in an undergraduate research project. 

Fellowships:

Two graduate student fellowships each year that support research projects that are related to scientific goals in the NASA Earth Science Directorate. Graduate students present their research at national and/or regional scientific conferences each year. After completing their degrees, the students pursue STEM careers or enroll in PhD programs.

Contact:

Plymouth State University Representative: Eric Hoffman

PSU Professor of Meteorology, Eric Hoffman's research includes synoptic and mesoscale meteorology. He has also worked as a part-time broadcast meteorologist for WGY-AM Radio in New York.

 Community College of NH Foundation

The Community College System of New Hampshire (CCSNH) serves approximately 24,000 students annually from seven colleges and five academic centers across NH. CCSNH offers over 200 degree and certificate programs to help students reach their educational and career goals.

Recognizing the need to make the pathway to earning a college degree as simple as possible, the University System of NH (USNH) and the Community College System of NH (CCSNH) have partnered to launch www.nhtransfer.org, an online resource indicating which courses transfer among participating institutions.

NHTI Campus

Scholarships:

The NASA Space Grant Scholarship is available to part- or full-time students enrolled in a STEM certificate or degree program at any CCSNH college. Eligible students must be US Citizens and have a minimum 2.5 GPA. NASA values diversity and strongly encourages underrepresented and nontraditional students to apply. 

Contact:

The Foundation for New Hampshire Community Colleges 
Lisa Clark
Ms. Clark is the development coordinator for CCSNH.

 McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center

New Hampshire’s own air and space museum, the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center pays tribute to two famous New Hampshire space pioneers: Christa McAuliffe, NASA's teacher-in-Space; and Admiral Alan Shepard, America's first astronaut.


Open year round, the Discovery Center has an all-digital, full-dome planetarium which will be upgraded in September 2022 -through special NASA funding - to one of only three planetariums in North America with a 10K projection system. The Center also has an observatory, two floors of interactive exhibits and an active STEM program series.


MSDC Plaza with Sign

Astronomy for All:

The McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center’s mission is to inspire every generation to reach for the stars, through engaging, artful and entertaining activities that explore astronomy, aviation, earth and space science.

The McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center is a sustainable memorial that will engage minds, make learning fun, and inspire people of all ages to pursue lifelong learning about our universe.

Exhibits:

Exhibits include a series of lunar exhibits including a lunar station vintage 2039, lunar zone for toddlers, and other exhibits on the moon including a moon mural courtesy of NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter; a virtual fish tank gifted to the Discovery Center by the Museum of Science in Boston, a vintage 1956 Crusader jet on long-term loan from the National Naval Aviation Museum, and, in partnership with fellow NHSGC affiliate Mount Washington Observatory, a series of exhibits on weather including the “Shaky Shack”, a replica of the weather observing station in which meteorologists recorded the fastest ground wind speed on Earth in 1934.

Space Grant and MSDC:

Space Grant recently funded high school students to research and build exhibits on living and working on Mars and planetary geology. The resulting exhibits will be displayed at the Center throughout Summer 2022, before they tour to other venues. 

MSDC also receives funding for two summer interns, its annual AerospaceFest, Scientist in Residence program, and travel funding for staff to attend the Air and Space Museum Conference.

Programs:

  • AerospaceFest - annual aerospace festival the 1st Saturday in May
  • Super Stellar Fridays - Special evenings the 1st Friday of each month
  • Week Long Summer STEM Camps for Kids
  • School Field Trips and Homeschool Workshops
  • Scientist-in-the-Schools program in North Country Schools
  • Special live and virtual programs year-round

Summer STEM Camp:

At the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center, each week holds a new opportunity to explore science, technology, engineering, and math. From rockets to weather, ecology to dinosaurs—every camp has a different theme, designed by Discovery Center educators for specific age groups to learn while having fun!

NHSGC sponsors two interns to develop and run STEM camps at MSDC.

Contact:

McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center Representative: 
Jeanne Gerulskis
Executive Director of the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center, Jeanne Gerulskis has been affiliate representative to the NH Space Grant Consortium since 1999.

 Mount Washington Observatory

Mount Washington Observatory is a private, nonprofit, member-supported institution with a mission to advance understanding of the natural systems that create Earth’s weather and climate. It serves this mission by maintaining a weather station on the summit of Mount Washington, performing weather and climate research, conducting innovative science education programs, and interpreting the heritage of the Mount Washington region.

Since its establishment in 1932, it has contributed to research efforts in short-wave radio propagation, ice physics, the constitution of clouds, and the composition of the atmosphere. Current projects include studying the effects of climate change on the alpine zone, instrument testing for both the public and private sector, consumer product testing and icing research.

Mount Washington Observatory summit with visitors

Student, Teacher, and Youth Programs:

With bitter cold, freezing fog, heavy snow and legendary wind, Mount Washington is the "Home of the World's Worst Weather." Since 1932, the hardy staff of the Mount Washington Observatory has studied and documented the incredible conditions atop Mount Washington, utilizing this site for scientific research and education.

With support from NHSGC, they offer innovative student, teacher and youth educational programs, bringing the science of weather and climate into school day, after school, field trip, and summer programs. MWOBS also provides educational resources and professional development programs in winter and summer for K-12 teachers. Finally, tours of the summit weather station, the summit Extreme Mount Washington museum, and Gladys Brooks Memorial Library provide educational opportunities for K-12 students and teachers as well.

Student Programs:

The Observatory’s popular distance learning program allows students across the country the opportunity to learn directly from scientists stationed at the summit. Program topics include weather and climate, instrumentation, and alpine zone ecology and are taught via a live videoconference format.

In person, MWOBS educators provide visits to regional schools, support after school programming, and welcome K-12 students to the summit of Mount Washington through field trip experiences. Summer programs welcome youth to Mount Washington through summer camps field trips along with MWOBS educators visiting area camps.

Professional Development for Teachers:

Please visit this site for more information. If you are a teacher interested in bringing Mount Washington science into your classroom, check out the recently developed Peak Perspectives professional development program or long-running Arctic Wednesdays program for teachers.

Museum and Library:

MWOBS’s Gladys Brooks Memorial Library and Archives are home to a large collection of materials related to the White Mountains, Arctic, and Antarctica. The collection includes books, maps, prints, stereoviews, photographs, and artifactual material. The strongest holdings are in historical material, but the sciences are also represented. The Library also holds several components of the Observatory’s archives, with some material dating to the 1930’s. For more information visit this webpage.

The Weather Discovery Center's exhibits, formerly in North Conway, have been moved to the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery center. However, you can still visit Extreme Mount Washington at the summit. Extreme Mount Washington is located inside the Mt. Washington State Park Sherman Adams Visitor Center, so please visit the Mt. Washington State Park website to plan your visit. When the building is open, Extreme Mount Washington operates from 9AM to 5PM daily.

Mt Washington Facts:

Elevation: 6,288 feet
Latitude: 44° 16' N Longitude: 71° 18' W
Highest wind (04/12/1934): 231 MPH
Average yearly wind velocity: 35.3 MPH
Lowest temp. (02/2023): -47°F
Highest temp. (08/1975, 06/2003): 72°F
Average temp. for the year: 26.5°F
Max. snowfall in a season (1968-69): 566.4";
Max. snowfall in a year (1969) 495.2"
Winds exceed 75MPH approx. 104 days/yr
Summit in the clouds approx. 60% of time
Fog reported for over 300 days/yr

Contact:

Mount Washington Observatory Representative: Brian Fitzgerald

Director of Education for the Mount Washington Observatory, Brian administers the educational programs on the mountain.

 BAE Systems

BAE Systems, Inc. is committed to education and skills development throughout its global business, believing it is vital to encourage young people to consider careers in science and engineering.

In the U.S., they are involved in a range of activities, including the FIRST (for Inspiration and Recognition of Science & Technology) program, an international engineering-based competition. In FIRST, high school students develop team-building and engineering skills by designing and building robots that can accomplish a range of tasks. Locally, the Nashua, N.H., unit of BAE Systems North America supports NH high school students competing in the FIRST robotics challenge. They financially support a high school team, and the BAE staff mentors that team in designing, building and testing their competition robots. Their employees also serve as N.H. First LEGO League partner, bringing this middle school program to future engineers. BAE Systems FOCUS (Fostering Opportunities and Careers Utilizing STEM) engages high school aged students in the Southern New Hampshire and Northern Massachusetts areas in activities to help promote interest in careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. 

BAE Nashua, NH campus

Operating groups:

BAE Systems, Inc. is an international company engaged in the development, delivery, and support of advanced defense and aerospace systems in air, on land, at sea, and in space. Their North American operating groups are:

Technologies:

Their products include systems for aeronautics, navigation, reconnaissance and surveillance, space electronics, technology for combat systems, intelligent munitions, hybrid power supplies, automation and robotics.

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History

Established by Congress in 1989, the National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program contributes to the nation's science and technology enterprise by funding research, education, and public service projects. The program works through a network of 52 university-based Space Grant consortia (representing every U.S. state, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia). Funded by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Space Grant Consortia provide support to college and university students in science and engineering; they also administer pre-college and public service education programs. Nationwide, there are currently more than 700 institutions affiliated with Space Grant.

New Hampshire Space Grant Consortium (NHSGC) was established in 1991 through a collaboration of the University of New Hampshire (UNH) and Dartmouth College.

In the fall of 1999, NASA named the NH Space Grant Consortium a Designated Consortium -- the top rating given to consortia.

Strategic Plan

The New Hampshire Space Grant Consortium (NHSGC) began in 1991 with two institutions, the University of New Hampshire (UNH) and Dartmouth College, collaborating in a “Program Grant” Consortium. In 1999, we became a “Designated Consortium” and have now grown to include 5 more affiliates; adding the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center, the Community Colleges of New Hampshire Foundation, Plymouth State University, BAE Systems, Inc., and Mount Washington Observatory.

STRATEGIC GOALS OF THE NHSGC ARE:

To contribute to the development of a robust workforce for STEM employment, meeting the needs of NASA and the state of New Hampshire; to expand opportunities for Americans to participate in and make connections with NASA aeronautics and space programs; to foster collaborations in support of regional and national space grant priorities; to develop STEM education opportunities in New Hampshire at all levels, with particular focus on incorporating the community college system at the 2 year degree level and, where appropriate, support its function as a steppingstone to further degree programs. Through our affiliates, we achieve this goal by competitively funding higher education opportunities and offering pre-college and informal education programs, and research infrastructure—being mindful of benefits to the State, its businesses, and its citizens.

The NHSGC will pursue this goal across a broad range of programs, with particular emphasis in the following areas:
  1. Offering fellowships, scholarships, and internships/assistantships to graduate and undergraduate (including community college) students pursuing studies in NASA-relevant STEM disciplines. A strong focus is on expanding the presence of underrepresented groups in NASA-relevant areas of study.
  2. Providing resources, information, and professional development support for the state and region’s educators in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). At the K- 12 level, emphasis is placed on teacher/student activities that support the state and national guidelines for science, math, and technology curricula.
  3. Supporting informal science education activities designed to inspire future scientists and engineers and to increase public access to NASA science and technology.
  4. Extending our research infrastructure to include the next generation of scientists, and engineers, both as students and young faculty, working in concert with NASA and industry partners to provide work-learning experiences.

Last updated: September 2019

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusivity (DEI) Statement:

The New Hampshire Space Grant Consortium (NHSGC) supports and upholds the NASA Diversity and Inclusion Policy Statement. “The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is committed to a culture of diversity and inclusion, where all employees feel welcome, respected, connected, and engaged. As the world’s leader in aeronautics, space exploration, science, and technology, we embrace the critical importance of cultivating and empowering a diverse and inclusive workforce and work environment-enabling NASA to attract the widest and deepest pools of talent, leverage the capabilities of our exceptional workforce; and empower all personnel to be authentic, to participate, and to fully contribute. We understand this provides NASA access to the highest levels of knowledge, capabilities, creativity, problem solving, decision making, and performance. And this will enable NASA to achieve the greatest mission success.”

National Aeronautics and Space Administration Policy Statement on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility for NASA’s Workforce and Workplaces 

Executive Order on Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities Through the Federal Government   

Executive Order on Advancing Equity, Justice, and Opportunity for Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders

 Executive Order on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility in the Federal Workforce

 Join NASA Astronauts on Mission Equity

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