The District of Columbia Space Grant Consortium (DCSGC) is one of 52 members of a national network, known as "Space Grant," encompassing over 1,200 universities and organizations in every state, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. The Space Grant Program was authorized by federal legislation in 1988 and is administered by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).The DCSGC is hosted by American University's Department of Physics in Washington, D.C.
From its location in the nation's capital, the DCSGC utilizes the city's rich and unique resources. Washington, D.C. is the center of power in the U.S. government, and is home to NASA Headquarters, the Smithsonian Institution, and many other space, science, and education associations and organizations.
Annual meetings of the National Council of Space Grant Directors are hosted in Washington, D.C. by the DCSGC. Founded in 1991, the DCSGC shares the excitement and understanding of space and science among scientists, educators, students, and the general public. Our educational programs and activities are supported by NASA, DCSGC affiliate members, and various federal, non-federal, corporate, and non-profit contributors.
Our mission is to support NASA’s goals by contributing to STEM workforce development in the District of Columbia, utilizing the unique resources of our diverse affiliate institutions through programs in internships/fellowships/scholarships, research infrastructure, higher education, precollege, and informal education, to increase public knowledge, support educators, and attract and retain students to pursue STEM advanced degrees and careers.
Our latest Strategic Plan was revised in March 2016. To download a PDF copy, click here.