April 4-6, 2019 in Raleigh NC

About the Symposium

In the spring of 2019, NC Space Grant will host the inaugural Space Symposium. The 2019 Symposium will be student focused in order to feature the work NC Space Grant award recipients, as well as other K-12, community college and higher education students from around the state whose studies are in relevant STEM fields. The symposium will feature: plenary talks featuring participants from the space community (NASA, commercial space, aviation, etc.) and and student oral and poster presentations.

Registration information coming soon.

Tentative Agenda

Day 1: Networking Reception

6PM – 9PM (Tentative), Thursday, April 4, 2019

The StateView Hotel, Raleigh, NC

6:00PM – 8:00PM     Heavy hors d’oeuvres and networking

7:00PM – 7:15PM     Director’s Welcome

8:00PM – 9:00PM     Star Gazing (Weather dependent)


Day 2: Student Space Symposium

8AM – 5PM, Friday, April 5, 2019

The StateView Hotel, Raleigh, NC

8:00 – 8:45         Check-in and Poster Set-up (Group 1)

9:00 – 9:10         Welcome Dr. Susan White, NC Space Grant, Director

9:10 – 9:30         Plenary:  The State of the Aerospace Workforce in NC

9:30-10:45          Panel #1 – Space Science:  Astronaut health, plant biology, remote sensing data, etc.

10:45-11:15        AM Break & Student Posters (Group 1)

11:15-12:30        Panel #2 – Space Technology: Rockets, Sensors, Unmanned Aerial System, Autonomy, Robotics, etc.

12:30-1:45         Networking Lunch and Poster Set-up (Group 2)

1:45-3:00           Panel #3 – Future Flight: Commercial space and  innovations in modern aviation

3:00-3:30           PM Break – Student Posters (Group 2)

3:30-5:00           Panel #4 – Careers in Aerospace: Panel followed by “Speed Dating” Round Tables

Day 3: Educator Professional Development

Times TBD, Saturday, April 6, 2019

The StateView Hotel, Raleigh, NC

A session dedicated to educators (GK-12 and informal education). Training will pertain to education for Special Needs Audiences with a lunar theme for the 50th anniversary of the Apollo moon landing. NC Space Grant will seek CEU for participants through NC DPI. More information forthcoming.

Sponsorship Levels

SATURN   Over $5,000
JUPITER   Up to $5,000
MARS   Up to $2,500
MERCURY   Up to $1,000

For inquiries about sponsorship of the 2019 Student Space Symposium please contact Sandy Canfield, Assistant Director, NC Space Grant, at 919-515-5943 or srcanfie@ncsu.edu.