Missouri State University's Missouri Space Grant Page


The Missouri Space Grant Consortium is a collaboration of Missouri Universities. The mission of the Missouri Consortium of the National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program is to maintain and enhance, through the State's research universities and corporate partners, the Nation's workforce capabilities in aerospace and space related science, engineering, and technology; and to aid in the dissemination of NASA related information to students, faculty, researchers, and the general public. The specific goals of the Consortium are to inspire, motivate, recruit, educate, and train students at all academic levels to help meet Missouri's and NASA's need for skilled, knowledgeable, diverse, and high-performing professional scientists, engineers, technologists, and educators in the fields of interest to NASA.

Accepting applications for NASA interns until May 3, 2018.

The announcement is here (PDF format)
To apply complete: 1) an application (in Word format or here for pdf format), 2) submit a one page statement expressing interest in the internship and in pursuing a career in a field of interest to NASA (astronomy, space science, planetary geology, etc.), 3) an official current transcript, 4) one or two letters of reference.
Re-applying interns only need to submit numbers 1 and 3.

2018-2019 Undergraduate Research Projects
(Choose one or more for your application)

Undergraduate Research Projects during 2017-2018


Undergraduate Research Projects during 2016-2017

Undergraduate Research Projects during 2015-2016


2014-2015 projects

2012-2013 projects



Student Success

(not a complete listing)

  • Shannon Dulz (2017): Won a prestigious National Science Foundation Fellowship for graduate school at Notre Dame. Also attended conferences for the Division of Planetary Science, American Astronomical Association, and EPSCoR collaboration meetings at NASA Ames and NASA Glenn.
  • Ryan Hall (2016-2017): Attended American Astronomical Association conferences in San Diego and Dallas. Accepted to graduate program at Georgia State University.
  • Heather Foster (2012-2014): Observed at Kitt Peak Observatory during March 2013 and February 2014; attended the Hot Subdwarfs and Related Stars conference in May 2013 in Tucson. Co-author on two proceedings papers. Second author on refereed journal paper. Featured in a News-Leader article and a radio broadcast about her work with NASA's Kepler Spacecraft.
  • Amanda Winans (2012-2014): Accepted to a graduate program in astronomy at Indiana University. On 2 refereed papers and 1 abstract. Observed at Kitt Peak observatory during February 2014. Accepted for REU program, summer 2013 at Purdue University where she worked on LSST programming. She is also featured in this radio broadcast.
  • Laurel Farris (2010-2012): Accepted to a graduate program in astronomy at New Mexico State University. Accepted for REU programs, summer 2011 and 2012; Featured in a News-Leader article and Cliff's Notes (MSU's Interim President); Observed on the 4 meter and 2.1 meter telescopes at Kitt Peak National Observatory; observed at Baker Observatory; contributed to 2 professional publications; presented at the American Astronomical Society meeting in Austin during January 2012.
  • Marcus Shadwick (2011-1012): Observed on the 4 meter and 2.1 meter telescopes at KittPeak National Observatory; observed at Baker Observatory.
  • Lee Hicks (2009-2013): one of the Baker Observatory Robotic Autonomous Telescope developers; presented at a telescope conference in Malaga, Spain during June 2011 and at the Mid-American Regional Astronomy Conference in Kansas City during April 2011; contributed to 3 professional papers and several conference papers; observer at Baker Observatory. Graduated with his Masters in Natural and Applied Science from MSU in August, 2014. Currently working at Intuitive Web Solutions, LLC as a software engineer.
  • Aron McCart (2009-2010): Graduated from MSU with a Masters in Materials Science. Worked with materials scientists at Johnson Space Center as part of MSU's epscor grant. Currently working as a Research Scientist at Lockheed Martin.
  • Matthew Thompson (2009-2011): Currently working for Intuitive Web Solutions, LLC as software engineer; presented at a telescope conference in Hawaii; contributed to 3 professional papers; contributed to 5 conference papers; observed at Baker Observatory; one of the developers of the Baker Observatory Robotic Autonomous Telescope.
  • Justin Gilker (2009-2011): Observed numerous times at Kitt Peak and MDM observatories in Arizona; contributed to 4 professional papers and 6 conference papers; became the lead scientist on the Baker Observatory Sub-minute Survey; presented at the American Astronomical Society meeting in Washington, D.C. during January 2010. Now a Software developer at Deer Valley Resort
  • Amanda Quint (2009-2011): Currently working for Intuitive Web Solutions, LLC as a programmer; presented at the Third Kepler Asteroseismology Workshop in Aarhus, Denmark during June 2010; contributed to 9 journal papers using data from NASA's Kepler spacecraft.
  • Jennifer Bean (2009-2011): Studied abroad in The Netherlands; contributed to 1 professional paper; presented at the American Astronomical Society meeting in Seattle during January 2011. Graduated December 2014 from Mizzou with a Masters degree in Biophysics.
  • Joe Eggen (2004-2007): Received his doctorate (astronomy) at Georgia State University; contributed to 8 professional papers; presented at conference in Vienna, Austria; presented at American Astronomical Society meeting during January 2009. Now working at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center.
  • Grant Gelven (2004-2007): Currently works at Wells-Gelven Fractals, LLC; received his Masters in Physics from Washington University in St. Louis in 2010.
  • Shawn Poindexter (2004-2005): Received his doctorate in Astrophysics from The Ohio State University; currently working at Facebook.
  • Brian Brondel (2002-2004): Received his Masters (astronomy) from Indiana University; currently working for a telescope contractor in Tucson, Arizona.
  • Melissa Morris (2001-2003): Received her doctorate (astrophysics) from the University of Arizona. She now works for NASA.