ASGC 24th Annual Symposium and AR NASA/EPSCoR Conference

The Arkansas Space Grant Consortium 24th Annual Symposium is April 15, 2016 at The Hotel Hot Springs and Spa in Hot Springs, AR. Each recipient of an ASGC award will be required to present either orally or by poster during this time. Abstracts are due to the program office by March 14, 2016. Please register by March 14, 2016.

The Arkansas NASA/EPSCoR Conference is April 16, 2016, also at The Hotel Hot Springs and Spa in Hot Springs, AR. Please register by March 14, 2016.

Special Programming with Duane "Digger" Carey (Lt. Col, USAF (Ret)), NASA Astronaut (Former)

The Arkansas NASA EPSCoR Program presents a special colloquium by "Digger" on Thursday, February 25, 2016 at 3PM in the UALR EIT Auditorium. Everyone is welcome to hear him talk about his education, careers in the USAF and NASA, and his mission aboard Columbia in 2002. Also, on Saturday, February 27, 2016 the Arkansas Wing Civil Air Patrol presents "A Day with an Astronaut", featuring him as the keynote speaker and more. Click on the two flyers below for additional information.

About ASGC


Arkansas Space Grant Consortium (ASGC) began operations March 1, 1990. ASGC Includes 17 four-year universities and colleges throughout Arkansas. Our primary goal is to educate and familiarize faculty, undergraduate and graduate students with aerospace and related industries. Following NASA's footsteps, we conduct programs to familiarize and motivate K-12 students with the STEM related courses needed to enter aerospace activities at colleges and universities to prepare them to enter high tech white-collar and blue-collar professions in high-tech industries.


Actively promote the involvement of the State of Arkansas in NASA activities.

Strategic Plan

Create on campuses of the scientifically and technically oriented four-year institutions of higher education in Arkansas an awareness of NASA activities and research opportunities.

Develop at those institutions new aerospace educational activities and research capabilities and activities.

Recruit and train faculty and students to participate in those developed educational and research programs.

Provide programs directed to K-12 schools and the general public that create a greater awareness of NASA’s mission and programs.

Methods of Implementation: Increase Arkansas higher education institutions’ involvement in NASA activities by providing research infrastructure grants to faculty to promote networking between those faculty and NASA scientists. Provide addition “seed” support as necessary to promote a continuing program for those faculty and NASA scientists.

Increase the number of students interested in pursuing careers in aerospace related areas by providing graduate fellowships and undergraduate scholarships to qualified students, which involve direct interaction between NASA and the students.

Develop outreach programs for K-12 teachers.

Support aerospace lectures for Arkansas College/University faculty and students, as well as the general public.

Supported Programs:

  • Faculty research infrastructure grants
  • Student scholarships (undergraduates)
  • Student fellowships (graduate students)
  • Workforce development (undergraduates)
  • STEM Underrepresented Minority (research and educational projects can be supported with STEM funding

All students and teachers are encouraged to submit proposals to receive funding for a NASA relevant research project.