New Jersey Space Grant Consortium Higher Education Programs

The New Jersey Space Grant Consortium has in place a number of innovative and exciting programs to support higher education activities in New Jersey universities. Click on the links below for more information or contact us. Please note that different programs are run at different times so that the application deadlines for some of our programs have passed or we have not issued request for proposals for other programs. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions, using the contact information on our home page.

  • Senior Design Project Support 

    Support of aerospace or STEM senior design projects in N.J. universities and support of aerospace student organizations, such as AIAA. Interested students should contact their campus representatives.

  • Co-Op/Internship Program
    Placement of N.J. undergraduate students in STEM and aerospace in co-op internships at N.J. corporations. Year long or summer. Interested corporations should contact the NJSGC director or program coordinator.
  • Aerospace Course Development

    Enhancement of the number of aerospace related courses through $5,000 grants to faculty for developing new courses. Interested faculty should contact the NJSGC director or program coordinator.

  • Summer Internships at Goddard Institute for Space Study (GISS)
    Students selected by GISS work at NJ universities during summer under the mentorship of NJSGC personnel or other academic advisers. You need to apply to GISS directly for this program: GISS
  • Summer Development Programs
    This program provides funding to NJ Colleges for innovative programs for enhancing the backgrounds of entering and second-year STEM students. Interested faculty and administrators should contact the the NJSGC director or program coordinator.
  • Rocketry, Ballooning, and CubeSat Programs
    This program supports rocketry, ballooning and small satellite programs. Currently supported programs include;

    a) Rock-SAT and Rock-ON (at Stevens), where a team of six to nine students, mentored by New Jersey college faculty throughout the academic year, designs, constructs, tests, and launches a 20 lb. payload on a sounding rocket at NASA's Wallops Island launch facility. For further information, see National Rock-SAT-C program: https://spacegrant.colorado.edu/national-programs/rs-c-home and National Rock-ON program: https://spacegrant.colorado.edu/national-programs-rockon-home

    b) MemSat program at Rowan, where a small satellite is currently being built to be launched on ELANA. Website: https://www.memsat.space  Contact: Russell Trafford (traffo17@rowan.edu), Faculty Contact: Sangho Shin (shin@rowan.edu) (856-256-5373)

    c) AIAA program at Rowan, where students build and launch rockets. website: https://www.rowan.campuslabs.com/engage/organization/AIAA Contact: Nicholas Gushue (gushue63@students.rowan.edu), Faculty Contact: John Schmalzel (schmalzel@rowan.edu) (856-256-5332)

    d) Rutgers Rocket Propulsion Lab; Rutgers RPL designs and manufactures rockets in central New Jersey while launching in the Tri-State area. Join us on our trip to launching into space! website: https://www.rutgersrpl.com/ Contact: Alexander Sanducu (alexander.sanducu@rutgers.edu); Rutgers RPL is a sector of Rutgers AIAA chapter. For further information on Rutgers AIAA, visit: https://egc.rutgers.edu/american-institute-of-aeronautics-and-astronautics-aiaa/

    e) Princeton NanoSat Program; enables Princeton University undergrads and local partner high schools to design and build their own nanosatellites (primarily CubeSats and ThinSats) for real orbital launch.  Contact Michael Galvin: mgalvin@princeton.edu 

    f) SpaceShot program at Princeton University, where students build rockets and launch them at the SpacePort launch facility in New Mexico. Contact Harrison Shapiro: hss2@princeton.edu

    g) The Space Technology Association of Rutgers (STAR) program which enables Rutgers students to build rockets.  http://star.physics.rutgers.edu/ Contact: Timothy Nuber (nubertimothy@gmail.com).

          Please contact the NJSGC director or program coordinator for more information

  • K-12 Bridge Programs
    The K-12 bridge program provides funding for activities run by college faculty and students for K-12 students. The goal of the activity is to develop an interest in STEM subjects and to especially do this for minority and female students. The activities must be held at college campuses. Currently supported activities include TARGET at Rutgers and Partners in Science, at the Liberty Science Center. NJSGC does not fund standalone K-12 activities. Interested faculty and administrators should contact the the NJSGC director or program coordinator.