Welcome to NASA Kentucky

Kentucky’s Space Grant Consortium has invested in the state’s NASA-related research for 25 years. Managed alongside Kentucky’s NASA EPSCoR, these programs provide an engine of opportunity for scientific and technological leadership in the state.

NASA Kentucky News

Rocket Science at UofL2013 USLI Team Group Photo. Photo by Austin Lassell.
Students from University of Louisville have placed in the top 5 each of the last 3 years in NASA’s annual rocket competition. Supported in part by NASA Kentucky, they face tough competition again this year under new rules that allow commercial teams to compete: Read more

Kentucky Teams Selected for NASA BalloonSat WorkshopKY-Ballooning
Three Kentucky teams, from Hopkinsville Community College, Bluegrass Community and Technical College, and University of Kentucky, were selected for NASA’s BalloonSat Workshop and traveled to NASA Marshall Space Flight Center in January 2015 to learn skills and receive equipment needed to fly high-altitude payloads near space for scientific research in Kentucky: Read more

NASA Awards Spacecraft Heat Shield Research in Kentuckyheatshield modeling
Previous NASA EPSCoR research collaboration between UK College of Engineering and Kentucky State University leads to $500,000 of new funding for Dr. Alexandre Martin, recognized by NASA’s Space Tech Mission Directorate for research into transformational technology for spacecraft thermal protection systems: Read more

Atmospheric Chemistry Research at UK PublishedPillar-UK
Research on atmospheric pollutants by faculty and students in the University of Kentucky Dept. of Chemistry, supported by NSF and NASA Kentucky, published November 2014 by Environmental Science and Technology, a journal of the American Chemical Society: Read more

UofL & WKU to Study Colloidal Physics on ISSDr. Stuart Williams explains a research process to PhD candidate Vanessa Velasco in the Microfluidics Lab at UofL
UofL and WKU research team, led by Dr. Stuart Williams, selected to create specialized fluids experiments for the International Space Station. Award will result in $1 million of funding for NASA-partnered research in Kentucky, 1 of 4 such NASA research projects currently in the state. Research on ISS expected to begin in 2015: Read more

UK Receives Opportunity to Launch Next Satellite from ISSKentucky Cubesat
As 1 of 5 schools nationwide chosen by NASA for this research opportunity, UK will launch a cubesat from the International Space Station to test a stellar gyroscope system developed by UK College of Engineering. Launch from ISS expected in 2015: Read more

UK & Morehead Design, Build, Launch a Small SatelliteKySat2 Launch Crew
KySat-2 launched Nov 19, 2013 on the ORS-3 mission from NASA Wallops Flight Facility. Recognized as one of 25 important objects in Kentucky history.

VIDEO: Kentucky’s Student-Built Satellite

Current Projects Supported by NASA KentuckyNASA-KY-Awards-2012-2014
View list of NASA-related research, education & workforce development projects supported by NASA Kentucky at colleges, universities, and other affiliates across the state: Read more



Current Opportunities
NASA Kentucky:

RFP-14-004: NASA Kentucky EPSCoR Research Faculty NASA Travel Opportunity OPEN
RFP-12-UGTS: NASA KY Space Grant Consortium Undergraduate Travel Scholarships OPEN
RFP-15-001: NASA Kentucky Space Grant 2014 RFP CLOSED
RFP-15-002: NASA Kentucky EPSCoR Request for Proposals CLOSED
RFP-15-003: NASA Kentucky EPSCoR RA Request for Pre-Proposals CLOSED


NASA Langley Aero Academy Summer 2015  CLOSED  Closes Feb 14, 2015
NASA Glenn Faculty Fellowships  CLOSED  Closes February 23, 2015
NASA Summer 2015 Internships  CLOSED  Closes March 1, 2015
NASA Aeronautics Scholarship Program  OPEN  Closes March 31, 2015
NASA MUREP Scholarship Program  OPEN  Closes March 31, 2015
NASA Fellowships  OPEN  Deadline varies (search under Fellowships)
NASA Pathways Co-Op Internships  OPEN  Rolling deadlines
NASA Community College Aerospace Scholars  CLOSED


Mission Discovery – Louisville  March 2015
SpaceTrek 2015 Space Science Camp for Young Women  OPEN  Apply by April 1, 2015
NASA Space Apps Challenge 2015  OPEN  Worldwide – Apr 11-12, 2015
RockOn 2015 Sounding Rocket Workshop  OPEN  Closes May 1, 2015
Academic High Altitude Conference  OPEN  June 23-26, 2015

Additional information for: NASA Internships and Team Projects.

*** Also see: NASA Current Opportunities for Educators  (All levels) ***


• The National Council of Space Grant Directors 25th Anniversary Space Grant Book is now
   available (PDF, 25MB). Kentucky Space Grant featured on pgs. 38-39.

Conferences, Meetings, and Lectures

Dr. Story Musgrave Lecture  Lexington/UK – Feb 26, 2015
National Space Grant Directors Meeting  Washington, DC – Feb 26-28, 2015
Dayton-Cincinnati Aerospace Sciences Symposium (DCASS)  Dayton, OH – Mar 4, 2015
AIAA Region 3 Student Conference  Dayton, OH – Apr 17-19, 2015
AUVSI 2015  Atlanta, GA – May 4-7, 2015
Space Tech Expo 2015  Long Beach, CA – May 19-21, 2015
International Space Station R&D Conference  Boston, MA – July 7-9, 2015
IAU XXIX  Honolulu, HI – Aug 3-14, 2015
AIAA Space 2015  Pasadena, CA – Aug 31 – Sept 2, 2015
American Astronomical Society 2016  Kissimmee, FL – Jan 4-8, 2016
AIAA SciTech 2016  San Diego, CA – Jan 4-8, 2016

About NASA Kentucky
NASA Kentucky Space Grant Consortium

In partnership with NASA’s National Space Grant Program, Kentucky’s Space Grant Consortium provides opportunities in aerospace-related research and education for Kentucky colleges, universities, community colleges, non-profits, and industry affiliates. More information available at NASA Kentucky Space Grant.

NASA Kentucky EPSCoR

Kentucky’s NASA EPSCoR Program provides funding for NASA-related research projects within the state. Any Kentucky institution of higher learning is eligible to apply. More information available at NASA Kentucky EPSCoR.


Wing Design Competition

Wing Design Competition 2014 Results:
• 1st – Conner High School (Boone County), Team Dumbo
• 2nd – Conner High School (Boone County), My Favorite Team
• 3rd – South Warren High School

News & Events

NASA Kentucky, UofL, WKU Receive NASA Research Award

UofL Runner-Up in USLI, Kentucky Students Successful in Recent Aerospace Competitions

Wing Design Competition 2013 Press Release and Final Results

RFP-12-003A Research Faculty NASA Travel Opportunity Extended to 2014

The NASA Kentucky Space Grant and EPSCoR Programs transitioned in 2010 to the University of Kentucky as host institution. Awards initiated before April 1, 2010 will continue to be administered at Western Kentucky University by Dr. Michael Carini. He can be reached via email nasa@wku.edu or phone 270-745-6198.

Contact Us

Dr. Suzanne Weaver Smith, Director

Dr. Janet K. Lumpp, Associate Director

Jacob Owen, Assistant Director

Mark Pittman, Program Manager

NASA Kentucky Space Grant Consortium and EPSCoR Programs
University of Kentucky College of Engineering
112 Robotics Bldg (RMB)
Lexington, KY 40506-0108

Phone: 859-218-6272 (859-218-NASA)
E-mail: nasa@uky.edu