A part of NASA’s National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program since 1990, the ISGC continually strives to improve and inspire Iowa’s future in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). The ISGC supports NASA-relevant STEM research, education and outreach activities for all Iowans with NASA internships, fellowships, and scholarships, competitions for grants within higher education members (with NASA Mission Directorate alignment), as well as informal education grants with outreach affiliates. The ISGC is primarily funded under NASA Award No. 80NSSC20M0107.
Diversity and Inclusion
The Iowa Space Grant Consortium (ISGC) supports and upholds the NASA Diversity and Inclusion Policy Statement. “The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is committed to a culture of diversity and inclusion, where all employees feel welcome, respected, connected, and engaged. As the world’s leader in aeronautics, space exploration, science, and technology, we embrace the critical importance of cultivating and empowering a diverse and inclusive workforce and work environment-enabling NASA to attract the widest and deepest pools of talent, leverage the capabilities of our exceptional workforce; and empower all personnel to be authentic, to participate, and to fully contribute. We understand this provides NASA access to the highest levels of knowledge, capabilities, creativity, problem solving, decision making, and performance. And this will enable NASA to achieve the greatest mission success.”
The ISGC strives to align our Consortium policies, plans, and priorities with the Iowa Department of Education’s Equity Education for Iowa’s K-12 schools as well as each of our member institutions’ DEI plans: DMACC, Drake, ISU, Iowa, Loras, UNI. In addition, ISGC works to provide an inclusive and interdisciplinary cohort of students, mentors, affiliates, and more, and aligns those efforts with the Executive Order On Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities Through the Federal Government.
With the help of seven universities across the state, as well as a few private industries, educational and government organizations, and science museums, ISGC is able to carry out its goals. ISGC funding for grants and projects is allocated through our affiliates, listed below.