Donate to the Nationwide Eclipse Ballooning Project

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The 2017 total solar eclipse is an exciting opportunity to engage groups such as ours in an incredibly meaningful way. We believe strongly in giving the student participants career-making opportunities and endeavor to use the most cutting-edge tools, resources, and interactions with experts in science and engineering in our efforts.  The goals for the Eclipse Ballooning Project are: public engagement, workforce development, and lasting collaborations.

National Space Grant Distinguished Service Award

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Bill Nye - National Space Grant Distinguished Service Award - 2016The National Space Grant Distinguished Service Award was established to recognize individuals whose life and career have had a long lasting impact in a science, engineering or education field that is related to aeronautic, aviation, or space endeavors. The inaugural award was presented in 2003 to former Senator and Secretary of the Treasury Lloyd M.

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Distinguished Service AwardIn partnership with the National Council of Space Grant Directors the Foundation established the National Space Grant Distinguished Service Award to recognize individuals whose life and career have had a long lasting impact in a science, engineering or education field that is related to aeronautic, aviation, or space endeavors. Past award recipients have included former Senator and Secretary of the Treasury Lloyd M. Bentsen, distinguished scientist Dr. James A. Van Allen, entrepreneur Dr. Peter Diamandis and astronaut John Young.

William A Hiscock Space Grant Scholarship Fund

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William HiscockBill Hiscock passed away in the hospital on the evening of April 21, 2009. He had been ill for some time, and it was this illness that forced him to step down as the MSU Physics Department Head last summer. Bill was an outstanding faculty member in his department, serving as Head of the Department from 2003 to 2008, and at the same time as Director of the Montana Space Grant Consortium, and the NASA EPSCoR program.William A Hiscock

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William HiscockIn Memory of William Hiscock, the former director of the Montana Space Grant, the National Space Grant Foundation has established the William A Hiscock Space Grant Scholarship Fund.

Bill was known for his animated lectures on cosmology, including his own special course for entering freshman Physics majors, "From Quarks to the Cosmos". Bill also led a very active research group investigating topics in the quantum theory of gravity, space-based gravitational wave detection, relativistic fluid dynamics, and the application of elementary particle physics to relativistic astrophysics and cosmology.

Bill continued to be active as the MSGC Director during the past year of his life, working from home, submitting proposals, and providing advice for the new Head of the Department. Bill was instrumental in the National Space Grant Student Satellite Program. He, along with others in the Space Grant family, led hands-on workshops to teach and train other faculty and students around the country. Through these efforts over 100 new student ballooning programs have been created, engaging thousands of students.
 

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William HiscockIn Memory of William Hiscock, the former director of the Montana Space Grant, the National Space Grant Foundation has established the William A Hiscock Space Grant Scholarship Fund.

Bill was known for his animated lectures on cosmology, including his own special course for entering freshman Physics majors, "From Quarks to the Cosmos". Bill also led a very active research group investigating topics in the quantum theory of gravity, space-based gravitational wave detection, relativistic fluid dynamics, and the application of elementary particle physics to relativistic astrophysics and cosmology.

Bill continued to be active as the MSGC Director during the past year of his life, working from home, submitting proposals, and providing advice for the new Head of the Department. Bill was instrumental in the National Space Grant Student Satellite Program. He, along with others in the Space Grant family, led hands-on workshops to teach and train other faculty and students around the country. Through these efforts over 100 new student ballooning programs have been created, engaging thousands of students.

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