Mission of the Oregon NASA Space Grant Consortium
At the direction of the U.S. Congress, NASA established the National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program to:
- Establish a national network of universities with interest and capabilities in aeronautics, space, and related fields.
- Encourage cooperative programs among universities, aerospace industry, and federal, state, and local governments.
- Encourage interdisciplinary training, research, and public service programs related to aeronautics, space science and technology.
- Recruit and train professionals, especially women, and underrepresented minorities, and persons with disabilities, for careers in aerospace related fields.
- Develop a strong science, mathematics, and technology education base from elementary through university levels.
Under the National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program, a network of public and private colleges and universities are joined by space-related industry, state and local governments and nonprofit organizations to promote space science and engineering. NASA manages this program and funds Space Grant Consortia in all fifty states, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia.