Mississippi Space Grant Consortium


We inspire, engage, educate, and empower the next generation of Mississippi explorers.

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Mississippi Space Grant Consortium

Funded by the NASA Office of STEM Engagement

The Mississippi Space Grant Consortium (MSSGC) is a statewide non-profit organization of institutions of higher learning coordinated by the Mississippi Research Consortium and supported by NASA. We are scientists, engineers, teachers, and leaders advancing science and technology research and opportunities for students and faculty engaged in NASA-related fields of study.

The Consortium's mission is to enhance and support aerospace science and technology efforts and activities in Mississippi as well as promote a strong science, mathematics, and technology base at precollege, undergraduate, and graduate levels.

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MSSGC Overview PDF

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The National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program was founded in 1989 by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to establish a network of universities with programs in aeronautics and other space-related fields, and to encourage recruitment and training of talented students, especially women and minorities, who will become professionals in the space sciences.

MSSGC was established in 1991 through an award by NASA to four Mississippi Universities: The University of Mississippi, Jackson State University, The University of Southern Mississippi, and Mississippi State University. Since its establishment, the MSSGC developed a plan to expand Space Grant activities to include all universities and community colleges in the state. In 1993, the MSSGC added eight new affiliate members, which include the four public regional universities and four of its fifteen community colleges: Alcorn State University, Delta State University, Mississippi University for Women, Mississippi Valley State University, Itawamba Community College, Pearl River Community College, Northeast Community College, and Coahoma Community College. In 1999, four new affiliates joined MSSGC: Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, Hinds Community College-Utica Campus, Mississippi Delta Community College, and Meridian Community College. Southwest Mississippi Community College has most recently joined MSSGC.

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What We Do

Space Grant Affiliates sponsor a variety of informational programs and conferences, summer instruction for teachers, and opportunities for fellowships and scholarships for graduate and undergraduate students in NASA-related STEM fields. Each campus program is guided by a faculty campus coordinator and a team of faculty mentors. The Space Grant Programs are designed to match the needs of students with faculty strengths and departmental capabilities.

Program diversity and collaboration characterize MSSGC. While each program's response to regional needs and opportunities creates an effectively diverse range of activities, MSSGC's strong network of communication and active collaboration propel this local success into a statewide system of sustained commitment to Space Grant goals for technological and human resource development. Of special importance to MSSGC members, and exemplified by this 2021 Executive Order, is the percentage of women and minorities who participate in Space Grant activities across all programs.

MSSGC Program Description, Milestones, and Assessment

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NASA Research and Mission Directorate Priorities

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Mississippi Space Grant Consortium

145 Hill Drive | P.O. Box 1848

University, MS 38677

(662) 915 - 3190 | (662) 915 -1187

Dr. Nathan Murray



Dr. Earnest Stephens

Assistant Director


Dr. Whitney Jackson

Program Specialist