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New York City Research Initiative

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NASA Education Office


The primary mission of the NASA Education Office is to inspire the next generation of explorers... as only NASA can. The NASA Science Directorate is the leading source of funding for the NYCRI.

Six Operating Principles<

  • Customer Focus: Programs have been designed to respond to a need identified by the education community, a customer, or a customer group.
  • Content: Programs make direct use of NASA content, people, or facilities to involve educators, students, and/or the public in NASA science, technology, engineering, mathematics.
  • Pipeline: Programs make a demonstrable contribution to attracting diverse populations to careers in science, technology, engineering, mathematics.
  • Diversity: Programs reach identified targeted groups.
  • Evaluation: Programs implement an evaluation plan to document outcomes and demonstrate progress toward achieving objectives.
  • Partnerships/ Sustainability: Programs achieve high leverage and/or sustainability through intrinsic design or the involvement of appropriate local, regional, or national partners in their design, development, and dissemination.

NASA New Jersey Space Grant Consortium


The New Jersey Space Grant Consortium (NJSGC) was established with the objective of advancing aerospace education and research and development at the following New Jersey institutions of higher learning: Stevens Institute of Technology (SIT - lead institution), New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), Princeton University, Rutgers University, and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. For the 2005 NYCRI Summer Research Institute, a number of NYCRI research teams are assigned to SIT, NJIT and Rutgers University (see RESEARCH section of this web-site). In 2004, Stevens Institute of Technology, in collaboration with the NYCRI, hosted a NASA Proyecto Access Nation-wide Conference, and the New Jersey Institute of Technology hosted a NYCRI enrichment day for all participants, at which they were given presentations at a number of NJIT research laboratories. SIT provided some NYCRI students with fellowships during the 2005-2006 academic year, and hosted the 2005 NYCRI Research Summit on August 12.

NASA Connecticut Space Grant Consortium (CTSGC)


The NASA sponsored Connecticut Space Grant Consortium (CTSGC) serves to promote and support NASA aeronautic and space-related research in Connecticut. The CTSGC members are University of Hartford (lead institution), University of Connecticut, Trinity College and the University of New Haven. During the 2006 NYCRI Summer Research Institute, the CTSGC will support a number of undergraduate and graduate students, who were members of a research team at Southern Connecticut State University (SCSU). The SCSU NYCRI team collaborated with another team at the State University of New York at Stony Brook (SUNYSB) as well as with teams at NASA GISS. Specifically they provided the programming and Imaging for a SUNYSB NASA funded project to study the Effects of Weightlessness in Space on Bones and Tissues (see the research section of this website).

NASA New York Space Grant Consortium (NYSGC)


The objectives of the NASA New York State Space Grant Consortium are: To strengthen the networks of colleges and universities with interests in the sciences and related fields; to promote programs and collaborations in these disciplines across New York State; to recurit and train U.S. citizens for careers in aeronautics, space sciences and related technology areas, placing emphasis on diversity to involve underrepresented groups; and to support the national agenda in developing a strong science, mathematics and technology education at all levels

NASA Pennsylvania Space Grant Consortium (PSGC)


The Pennsylvania Space Grant Consortium (PSGC) was established in 1989 as a component of NASA's National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program. The PSGC is comprised of nine public and private universities and colleges working together with industry and precollege partners to increase Pennsylvania's participation in the economic, educational, and scientific benefits of our nation's space program.

The PSGC is part of a national network of 52 state-wide Consortia. The Space Grant mission is to expand opportunities for Americans to learn about and participate in NASA's aeronautics and space programs by supporting and enhancing science and engineering education, research, and outreach programs.

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