Canceled for 2020

In light of NC State University’s announcement today of new policies, NC Space Grant in canceling the 2020 NC Space Symposium that had been set for April 2-3 in Raleigh. Other actions announced by NC State are available online at

We are not able to reschedule at this time, because of the symposium’s heavy focus on student research. However, we are excited to host our next symposium in 2021.

Find more information in the official message from our director, Susan White, on our news feed.

Read the statement here.

Day 1: Networking Reception

5:30 – 7:30 p.m., Thursday, April 2, 2020

The StateView Hotel, Raleigh, NC

5:30 p.m.         Registration opens

5:30 – 7:30      Heavy hors d’oeuvres and networking, student poster setup

Day 2: Student Space Symposium

8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Friday, April 3, 2020

The StateView Hotel, Raleigh, NC

7:00 a.m.        Registration opens

7:30 – 8:30      Hot breakfast buffet available, student and team poster setup

8:30 – 8:40      Welcome, opening remarks and plenary introduction: Dr. Susan White, NC Space Grant Director

8:40 – 9:15      Plenary: Dr. Paula Bontempi, Acting Deputy Director, NASA Earth Sciences Division, NASA Headquarters (includes time for Q&A)

9:15 – 9:25      Networking break

9:25 – 10:25   Session #1 – Earth Observations

What sets of tool do researchers and practitioners employ to observe the Earth? This session will explore three perspectives (public, private, academic) on the technologies used to collect information about Earth systems.

10:25 – 10:30    Networking break

10:25 – 11:15    Student Posters (Group 1)

11:15 – 11:25     Networking break

11:25 a.m. – 12:25 p.m.   Session #2 – Applied Earth Observations

NASA satellites continually orbit the globe, collecting information about Earth’s ocean, atmosphere, and land surfaces. These remotely sensed data can then be applied in various ways to develop solutions to real-world, societally-relevant issues and enhance the decision-making process. This session will focus on how NASA data are being applied to aid in our understanding of issues of air quality and agricultural drought.

12:25 – 1:30    Luncheon and Presentation by Dr. Andrew Molthan, NASA Research Meteorologist, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center (includes time for Q&A)

1:30 – 1:35     Networking break

1:30 – 2:20     Student Posters (Group 2)

2:20 – 2:30      Networking break

2:30 – 3:20       Session #3 – Habitability and Earth Analogs

While all life on Earth considers this planet “habitable”, there are many environments that are considered “extreme”, being, for instance, extremely hot, cold, acidic, or dry. In this session we will hear about some of these fascinating environments, the “extreme” life that thrives there, and how this life and their habitats are helping to drive the search for life beyond Earth.

3:20 – 3:30       Networking break

3:30 – 4:45     Session #4 – Careers in STEM

4:455:00      Closing remarks

See the full agenda here.