- Fellowships, Scholarships and Student Research
- Program Opportunities for Students
- Campus Wide Programs
The Montana Space Grant Consortium (MSGC) was established in 1991 as a component of NASA's National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program. The Montana program is one of a national network of 52 consortia, working to strengthen aerospace research and education in the United States.
Montana State University is the Lead Institution of MSGC, which has eighteen additional academic affiliates across Montana, as well as other educational and industrial members.
MSGC offers a variety of programs to support students and faculty wanting to pursue activities consistent with NASA's interests.
Each year MSGC offers graduate fellowships and undergraduate scholarships to students pursuing NASA-related studies. Applications are available early in the spring semester and are due April 1st of each year.
In addition to fellowships and scholarships, the Montana Space Grant Consortium offers support for undergraduate research at MSU throughout the year through the Undergraduate Scholars Program (USP). Stipends and fee waivers are available through this program and may be requested by submitting a research proposal to the USP office.
The Montana Space Grant Consortium supports a number of programs at MSU, which provide opportunities for students from all majors to participate in NASA-related work. The BOREALIS high altitude ballooning program flies student-designed and built scientific experiments to altitudes over 100,000 feet above Montana, to the edge of space. MSGC, together with MSU's Space Science and Engineering Laboratory, offers undergraduate and graduate students the chance to design, build, fly, and operate real spacecraft, including MEROPE, the first satellite built in Montana, and Explorer 1 [Prime], the next-generation of MEROPE. Explorer 1 [Prime] is slated to be on the first NASA launch of student-built satellites. MSGC's Space Public Outreach Team offers MSU undergraduates the opportunity to become involved in outreach efforts of major NASA Space Science missions. MSGC also coordinates opportunities for students at NASA Academy and other internship programs at NASA Centers around the country. Seven MSGC student teams, selected in national competition, have flown with their experiments on NASA's "Vomit Comet" astronaut training aircraft, at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas.
MSGC funds a variety of faculty-proposed research and education enhancement programs across the MSU campus and throughout the state of Montana. These efforts allow students to work with faculty on cutting edge research and also provide opportunities for faculty to develop projects which share aeronautical and space sciences and engineering with diverse audiences. Funding for innovative, NASA-related programs is awarded annually through a competitive proposal process.