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Hawai‘i Space Grant Consortium
Hawai‘i Institute of Geophysics and Planetology
School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology
University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa
1680 East-West Road, POST 501
Honolulu, HI 96822

voice: 808-956-3138
fax: 808-956-6322
email: mars@higp.hawaii.edu
See the Personnel listing for additional contacts.


The Hawai‘i Space Grant Consortium is a wide-ranging community educational program supported by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) that promotes studies in scientific fields related to space. These fields include astronomy, geology, meteorology, oceanography, mathematics, physics, engineering, computer science, and life sciences.

Chartered under the NASA National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program, the Hawai‘i Space Grant Consortium began its activities in the fall of 1990. NASA National Space Grant College and Fellowship programs are dedicated to the development and support of future scientists and engineers. Participation in Space Grant programs provides new opportunities for our full-time students to explore space related fields. Expanded opportunities for space education through the efforts of the Hawai‘i Space Grant Consortium have been focused on teachers of students in kindergarten through the twelfth grade.

The Hawai‘i Space Grant Consortium is composed of ten institutions of higher learning including the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo, the University of Guam, and seven Community Colleges (Hawai‘i, Honolulu, Kapi‘olani, Kaua‘i, Leeward, Maui, and Windward) spread over the four main Hawaiian islands. A significant goal of the program is to encourage interdisciplinary studies and research and to train future generations of space scientists and engineers. Students, teachers, and researchers in Hawai‘i are encouraged to contact the Space Grant office at (808) 956-3138 or use the links in the left margin of our webpages to learn more about the programs and opportunities.

The Hawai‘i Space Grant Consortium is administered at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa in the Hawai‘i Insitute of Geophysics and Planetology, School of Ocean & Earth Science & Technology. The Space Grant office is located in the POST Building, room 501. If you are interested in learning more about the various programs offered by the Hawai‘i Space Grant Consortium, please use the contact address given above.

*Would you like to make an online donation to Hawai‘i Space Grant Consortium? Your support would be greatly appreciated. Secure online donations may be made through the University of Hawai‘i Foundation website at https://www.uhf.hawaii.edu/giving-gift.aspx (link will open in a new window).

To make an online donation, you will find us listed in the drop-down menus on the Foundation website. Select the Program: UHM School of Ocean and Earth Sci, and select the Fund: Hawaii Space Grant College Fund.
Or call our office at 808-956-3138 for more information.
Mahalo for your support.

Hawai‘i Space Grant Operational Philosophy: F.A.C.E. the Future

  • Facilitate: Partnerships between schools, government, and private sector.
  • Administer: Help to run existing programs.
  • Catalyze: Serve as the catalyst for new partnerships between private agency sponsors and education projects or for new joint research and education projects between industry and the University faculty.
  • Educate: Continue to directly support and organize NASA educational efforts for all levels of public learning.

Hawai‘i Space Grant Objectives

  • Strengthen the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics education focus with the HiSTEM Pipeline
  • Develop links to Hawai‘i High Tech businesses
  • Support active affiliate Community College involvement
  • Establish interdepartmental links
  • Increase opportunities for women and minorities
  • Stretch workforce support

Space Grant Programs Supported by Hawai‘i Space Grant

One objective of the Hawai‘i Space Grant Consortium in accordance with NASA's educational objectives is to build and maintain an educational pipeline that includes provisions for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). Hawai‘i Space Grant Consortium has developed the HiSTEM program with strong educational pipelines to propel the technical learning experiences from elementary school to Master's level postgraduate degrees. The HiSTEM pipeline consists of three branches in the areas of Space Science, Engineering, and Remote Sensing that offer activities from K-12 to undergraduate to graduate level. We recognize the need to engage student interest in STEM disciplies at a young age and the HiSTEM pipeline is designed to provide hands-on interactive and engaging programs at every level of education.
Vision of the National Space Grant Program

History of the National Space Grant Program

From Mission to America, Report of the National Council of Space Grant Directors, The Woods Hole Workshop, August 24-28,1992.)

"In 1958, Congress passed the National Space Act. That act transformed the National Advisory Committee on Aeronautics into the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and firmly committed the United States to the exploration and exploitation of space for future benefit. NASA maintains major research, development, demonstration, and operation programs in aeronautics, manned and unmanned space flight, space commercialization, and advanced technologies. NASA has conducted unmanned missions to all but one of the planets of our solar system. It has established major observatories in space for continued studies of the Earth, our solar system, and the distant universe. NASA vehicles regularly fly people to and from orbit. By the year 2000, Americans will reside permanently in orbit about Earth. Furthermore, the President has committed the nation to establishing a permanent moonbase and eventually sending people to Mars."

"NASA is a small, critically necessary, part of the larger field of American aerospace industries and services, frequently considered the hallmark of U.S. world technological, economic, and scientific leadership. Aerospace industries and services enable rapid travel across the United States and tightly link the nation to the rest of the world. NASA programs serve the national security. NASA's research and development capabilities contribute to the economic health of the nation by sponsoring scientific research and creating new technology. With its experimental missions, with its creative methods of transferring technology to public uses, and with its unique complements of university and industrial affiliates, NASA has long been perceived as a farsighted agent in advancing the education of Americans."

"Congress enacted the National Space Grant College and Fellowship Act on October 30, 1987. The Act is a new commitment by Congress to higher education. Congress expects that the participating universities and NASA will cooperate under this Act to extend the benefits the nation obtains from its broad range of aerospace activities. In analogy to the Land and Sea Grant programs, Congress anticipates that Space Grant universities, their affiliates, and NASA will conceive new ideas, seed future growth, both on and off the Earth, cultivate and nurture opportunities for citizens through technology transfer, then guide them toward new ventures, educating them to function in a society burgeoning with engineering and scientific innovations." . . .

The National Space Grant Program has been modeled after the National Land Grant [the Morrill Act of 1862] and the National Sea Grant university programs [1966)]. "The Space Grant Program concept was introduced by Senator Lloyd Bentsen in 1986 as Senate Bill 2098. In congressional testimony introducing the legislation, Senator Bensten stated, 'Space Grant Program's research and development effort would be directed toward national ends for space technology and commercialization.'" In the actual legislation, Congress found that "research and development of space science, space technology, and space commercialization contributed to the enhancement of commerce." Further, Congress found that "development of space frontiers requires a broad commitment and partnership between Federal government, states, private industry, and universities concerned with utilization of space. The intent of the legislation was to use existing schools and encourage interdisciplinary consortia of universities and industry. Senator Bentsen proposed that grants be 'awarded on a competitive basis to applicants who propose the most cost-effective programs for the development and utilization of space resources.' In his congressional remarks, Senator Bentsen stated that the Space Grant fellowship program would be established for education and training assistance at the undergraduate and graduate levels. In the enacting legislation, Congress found that NASA 'will provide the needs for promotion of activities in the program that will result in greater understanding, assessment, development, and utilization of space.'" (The Woods Hole Report).

"Congress expected to encourage the following activity from its enabling legislation:

  • Promote a strong educational base, obtain responsive research and training, and achieve broad dissemination of knowledge and techniques.
  • Utilize universities to support exploration and development of resources and opportunities afforded by the space environment.
  • Encourage and support multidisciplinary programs of space research within the university community.
  • Engage in integrated activities of training, research, and public service.
  • Conduct cooperative programs with industry.
  • Coordinate the Space Grant Program with the overall program of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
  • Encourage and support consortia comprised of university and industry members to advance the exploration and development of space resources.
  • Encourage and support Federal funding for graduate fellowships in fields related to space.
  • Support activities in colleges and universities generally for the purposes of creating and operating a network of institutional programs that will enhance achievements resulting from efforts under the program." (The Woods Hole Report).

Fifty-two Space Grant consortia now work individually toward these purposes in every state, the District of Columbia, and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. Directors of the statewide consortia formed the National Councils of Space Grant Directors to satisfy Congress's mandate for a national network. The Council enables the fifty-two directors to work with NASA in constructing a national network.

From: ISSO -- Institute for Space Systems Operations, 1992-1993 Annual Report.

NASA National Space Grant homepage.

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Communications: Linda Martel
Updated August, 2015.
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