The NASA JOVE funding provided the foundation for the designation of Emporia State University as a Space Grant College and membership with the Kansas Space Grant Consortium in 1993. The continuing Space Grant funding provides faculty and student research participation opportunities, augments curricular and instructional support from which ESU chemistry, earth science, and physics majors and general education students benefit, and provides the basis for outreach to increase science literacy and nurture interest in the sciences. The following highlights those opportunities.
Student Research Participation
- Physics Projects
Astrophysical studies of interstellar conditions, computational science, materials science and surface studies.
- Earth Science Projects
Geological and environmental applications utilizing remote sensing techniques and Geographic Information systems software.
- Chemistry Projects
Biochemical studies related to space environments, including respiratory system therapeutics and proteomics..
Instructional and Research Support
- GeoSpatial Analysis (GSA) Laboratory
Provides laboratory assistance for GSA lab users working on research projects or doing laboratory activities for various courses, including Introduction to GeoSpatial Analysis, Computer Mapping Systems, Small-Format Aerial Photography, Remote Sensing, or Advanced Image Processsing, as part of an earth science major or geospatial analysis minor or certificate program.
- Map Library
Provides assistance to users of the library, a federal depository library as a satellite to the ESU William Allen White Library.
- Peterson Planetarium
Provides assistance for program presentations and program development using the Spitz System 512 star projector and auxiliary projectors.
- Introduction to Space Science
Supports teaching assistants working with students enrolled in this general education lecture and laboratory course combination.
- Peterson Planetarium
Provides presentations to off-campus groups (especially precollege students) and for program development.
- Space Science Education Workshops
Participant support for K-8 teachers to attend space science education workshops presented by NASA Aerospace Education Specialists and ESU faculty.
NASA Space Grant Scholars
The following students have, or are, working on research projects supported by KSGC funds to ESU, or provided or are providing other support for KSGC-related activities:
J. Hector Zapien
G. Alex Sill
J. E. Tilton