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Vision Statement

Make the United States the Aerospace Leader of our Solar System.

Mission Statement

Make Connecticut the National Leader in NASA-related education, research and workforce development.

Goals and Objectives

Goal 1: Inspire the pursuit and advancement of careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

Objective 1: Be the model for STEM-based professional development.

Undergraduate Students

Experiential Learning & Supplemental Training

  • Broaden awareness of internships at NASA centers; undergraduate student research opportunities, and graduate fellowships
  • Place students in mentor/co-op/internship environments within NASA or industry
  • Increase the number of higher education students submitting research project proposals
  • Utilize partnerships with web-based learning programs
  • Partner with CT industry for career development in the workplace
  • Develop and maintain a mentoring and mentor volunteer program

Graduate Students

Experiential Learning & Supplemental Training

  • Broaden awareness of internships at NASA centers; undergraduate student research opportunities, and graduate fellowships
  • Place students in mentor/co-op/internship environments within NASA or industry
  • Increase the number of higher education students submitting research project proposals
  • Utilize partnerships with web-based learning programs
  • Work with CT industry for career development in the workplace
  • Develop and maintain a mentoring and mentor volunteer program

Professional/Research Opportunities

  • Facilitate the formation of teams to pursue NASA-related research opportunities
  • Increase the number of students participating in research projects
  • Increase the breadth of academic disciplines within faculty response to NASA Connecticut Space Grant opportunities

Industry and Academic Professionals

  • Work with local industry for university/professional collaborations in the workplace
  • Develop and maintain a mentor volunteer program
  • Develop seminars around emerging technologies
  • Develop courses/programs around workforce needs

Goal 2: Provide an environment in which all stakeholders understand and contribute to the Consortium’s mission.

Objective 2: Be the model for STEM-based Early Exploration.

K-12 Students and Teachers

  • Develop mentoring partnership opportunities (teacher to professor and student to undergrad/grad student)
  • Maintain a web-based list of STEM sites for visit by K-12 students to promote interest in NASA-related fields of study

Operational Objectives

  • Seek funding from industry, government and private foundations
  • Secure sufficient outside funding for part-time/full-time dedicated staff person
  • Research best practices of top state consortiums
  • Create Consortium Policies & Procedures Manual
  • Secure an Adopted Charter and By-Laws clarifying responsibilities of member institutions
  •                   Procedures for adding and removing members
  •                   Committing each member institution to minimum performance standards
  • Secure MOU for each industry affiliate
  •                    Secure institutional annual membership fees
  •                   Commit each member industrial affiliate to minimum performance standards
  • Utilize CT Space Grant Alumni as volunteers (creating an Alumni Board of Advisors)

Outreach Objectives

  • Centralize and disseminate NASA-related opportunities
  • Maintain a website for educational opportunities and resources
  • Partner with CT STEM-based resources to inspire K-12 students
  • Engage CT Space Grant Alumni as volunteers
  • Develop partnerships within state public and private education to disseminate NASA-related information and opportunities

Promotional Objective

  • Partner with Barney School of Business/Marketing to develop an outreach (marketing) plan

The CT Space Grant Consortium is headquartered at the University of Hartford. Each affiliate institution has a campus director. If you are interested in the Space Grant activities at any of these institutions please contact the campus director using the information listed below.


In addition to these academic institutions, the CT Space Grant Consortium includes non-academic affiliates.



Capital Community College Andre Freeman, Ed.D. Chair, Science & Mathematics Professor of Mathematics

950 Main Street Hartford, CT 06103

phone: 860.906.5177

Central Connecticut State University Thomas J. Vasko, PhD, PE Associate Professor, Dept. of Engineering

1615 Stanley Street New Britain, CT 06050

phone: 860.832.1896

Eastern Connecticut State University Elizabeth A. Cowles, Ph.D.

83 Windham Street 361 Science Building Willimantic, CT 06226

phone: 860.465.4385 fax: 860.465.5213

Fairfield University Dr. Ryan Munden

Room 105 – Bannou Science Center 1073 N. Benson Road Fairfield, CT 06824

phone: 203.254.4000 x 2764 fax: 203.254.4013

Gateway Community College Ms. Susan Spencer or Mr. Eric Flynn

20 Church Street New Haven, CT 06510

phone: Spencer – 203.285.2452; Flynn – 203.285.2371 ;

Housatonic Community College Robert C. Ryder Assistant Professor of Pre-Engineering/Physics/Mathematics

900 Lafayette Boulevard Bridgeport, CT 06604

phone: 203.332.5158

Manchester Community College Dr. Eileen Roark

Manchester Community College Great Path, MS#17 Manchester, CT 06045-1046

phone: 860.512.2775

Middlesex Community College Dr. Mark D. Busa

Middlesex Community College, Room Wheaton 313 100 Training Hill Road Middletown, CT 06457

phone: 860.343.5779

Naugatuck Valley Community College Dr. Peter Angelastro

750 Chase Parkway Kinney Hall, K704D Waterbury, CT 06708

phone: 203.596.8690

Northwestern Connecticut Community College Doug Hoffman

Greenwood Hall, GW 217 Park Place East Winsted, CT 06098

phone: 860.738.6332

Quinebaug Valley Community College Mark Vesligaj

742 Upper Maple Street Danielson, CT 06239

phone: 860.932.4167

Southern Connecticut State University Todd Schwendemann, Ph.D. Department of Physics

501 Crescent Street New Haven, CT 06515

Office: 203.392.6431

Three Rivers Community College Prof. Mike Gentry

574 New London Turnpike Norwich, CT 06360

phone: 860.215.9428

Trinity College John Mertens, Ph.D. Department of Engineering

300 Summit Street Hartford, CT 06106

phone: 860.297.2301

Tunxis Community College Dr. Karen Wosczyna-Birch

271 Scott Swamp Road Farmington, CT 06032

phone: 860.490.4545

University of Bridgeport Dr. Jani Pallis, Campus Director Department of Mechanical Engineering

221 University Avenue Bridgeport, CT 06604

phone: 203.576.4579 fax: 203.576.4343

University of Connecticut Prof. Daniel D. Burkey, Ph.D. Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education and Diversity Associate Professor-in-Residence, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Engineering II Building room 304 University of Connecticut – School of Engineering 191 Auditorium Road Unit 3187 Storrs, CT 06269-3187

phone: 860.486.5466 fax: 860.486.3045

UConn Health Center Paul Hudobenko, CRA Interim Director

phone: 860.679.3951

University of Hartford Dr. Jean McGivney-Burelle Department of Education

200 Bloomfield Ave H 208 West Hartford, CT 06117

phone: 860.768.5921 fax: 860.486.5099

University of New Haven Dr. Dequan Xiao Chemistry & Chemical Engineering

300 Orange Avenue West Haven, CT 06516

phone: 203.479.4189

Wesleyan University Seth Redfield, Ph.D. Astronomy Department

96 Foss Hill Dr. Middletown, CT 06059

phone: 860.685.3669 fax: 860.685.2131

Yale University Hector Arce, Ph.D. Department of Astronomy

P.O. Box 208101 New Haven, CT 06520-8101

phone: 203.432.3018

Academic Advisory Board

Dr. Andre Freeman Capital Community College
Dr. Tom Vasko Central Connecticut State University
Dr. Elizabeth Cowles Eastern CT State University
Dr. Ryan Munden Fairfield University
Mr. Eric Flynn Gateway Community College
Ms. Susan Spencer Gateway Community College
Dr. Robert Ryder Housatonic Community College
Dr. Eileen Roark Manchester Community College
Dr. Mark Busa Middlesex Community College
Dr. Peter Angelastro Naugatuck Valley Community College
Mr. Douglas Hoffman Northwestern Connecticut Community College
Dr. Mark Vesligaj Quinebaug Valley Community College
Dr. Todd Schwendemann Southern Connecticut State University
Mr. Mike Gentry Three Rivers Community College
Dr. John Mertens Trinity College
Dr. Karen Wosczyna-Birch Tunxis Community College
Dr. Jani Pallis University of Bridgeport
Dr. Daniel D. Burkey University of Connecticut
Mr. Paul Hudobenko UConn Health Center
Dr. Jean McGivney-Burelle University of Hartford
Dr. Dequan Xiao University of New Haven
Dr. Seth Redfield Wesleyan University
Dr. Hector Arce Yale University


External Advisory Board

Ms. Gail Coppage
Director of Innovation & Outreach
Board of Regents for Higher Education
Dr. Antonio Vincitore
Executive Assistant to Dr. J Michael McQuade
Senior Vice President, Science & Technology
United Technology Corporation
Dr. Bill Cousins
Principal Research Engineer
United Technologies Research Center
Mr. Jeff Ferketic
Site Engineering Manager,
Space Systems, UTAS
Dr. Walter Harrison
University of Hartford
Dr. Lou Manzione
Dean of CETA
University of Hartford
Ms. Sharon Vasquez
University of Hartford
Craig McBurney
CT Corsair
Mr. David Mestre
Manager of Space Science Education
Discovery Museum
Mr. Tim Nalette
Chief of Advanced Technology
Ms. Analia Villagra
Development Manager
CT Science Center
Ms. Alexandra Cannon
Individual Giving & Government Relations
Discovery Museum & Planetarium
Ms. Debbie Reed
Assistant Executive Director
New England Air Museum
Ms. Karen Giroux
Grants Officer
New England Air Museum
Mr. Don Balducci
Interim Director, Advanced Manufacturing Center
Ms. Helen Charov
Executive Director
CT Invention Convention

What is the Connecticut Space Grant Consortium?

The Connecticut Space Grant Consortium is a NASA funded organization made up of 16 Space Grant affiliated universities and community colleges in the state of Connecticut.


What does CT Space Grant do?

CT Space Grant funds undergraduate, graduate, and faculty STEM related projects, research, travel, internships and workshops by offering scholarships, fellowships, and grants.


How do I find out what funds are available?

On our website we post the available award types and amounts each award period.


How can I apply for Space Grant Funding?

We have applications and deadline information listed in the Students and Faculty sections of our website under the Applications tab.


How many application cycles are there each year?

The number of award periods varies from year to year based on funding allocated from NASA. This year we’ve had two: one in the fall, and one in the spring. The exact deadline changes each year depending on funding, but the Fall deadline is usually in October and the Spring deadline is usually in February. Each semester’s call for applications is announced on our website and via posters at all our affiliated institutions.


Am I allowed to apply for more than one award or grant?

Yes! There are many reasons to apply for more than one grant in an application cycle. For example, some students or faculty apply for project funding and separate travel funding in order to attend a conference to present that project.


If I’ve already received a grant in the past, may I apply again?

Yes to that too. We ask that you indicate past awards on your new application, but there is no limit on the number of times one person may apply.



If you’d like to learn more about CT Space Grant we invite you to say hello if we’re in the office, email us at, or you can visit our website:

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