The Undergraduate Student Instrument Program (USIP) is an educational flight opportunity sponsored by NASA'sScience Mission Directorate (SMD) to promote science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) by providing a hands-on Earth or space science flight project experience.
NASA reported in a release that the program is sponsoring undergraduate-led, multi-disciplinary university teams to conduct, develop and fly a science payload on NASA suborbital platforms.
NASA noted that ten U.S. college and university team proposals were selected for USIP's initial year. NASA provided suborbital- class platforms, including sounding rockets, balloons, aircraft, zero-g aircraft and suborbital reusable launch vehicles at no cost to the teams.
"USIP challenges students to apply their academic skills to a real problem. The lessons they learn will help them be better prepared for today's workforce," said Marc Allen, SMD's deputy associate administrator for research at the agency's headquarters in Washington.
-University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia - CubeSat Cosmic Ray Dosimeter
-Utah State University, Logan, Utah, and University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Princess Anne, Maryland - Measurements of Red Line Airglow (RLAGS)
-Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C. - Real-time attitude determination system for scientific balloon
-Gannon University, Erie, Pennsylvania - Cosmic Ray Calorimeter
-University of Houston, Houston, Texas - Auroral ionosphere and stratosphere study using smartphone technology
Parabolic Aircraft Flight:
-Carthage College, Kenosha, Wisconsin - Propellant measurement techniques
-University of Central Florida, Orlando, Florida - Microgravity experiment on accretion in space environments
-West Virginia University, Morgantown, West Virginia - Ionospheric response to interplanetary disturbances during magnetic storms.
-Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and A&M College, College Station, Texas - Microbial aerosol sampling
-Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania - Multi- modal, high-resolution mapping
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