N.J. Space Grant Consortium awards grants to Rowan University

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The New Jersey Space Grant Consortium has awarded two grants to the Rowan University Department of Physics & Astronomy: $18,000 to support the Physics Summer Research Program and $2,000 for programming for the Edelman Planetarium.

The New Jersey Space Grant Consortium has awarded two grants to the Rowan University Department of Physics & Astronomy: $18,000 to support the Physics Summer Research Program and $2,000 for programming for the Edelman Planetarium.

Rowan will use the $18,000 grant to help fund 10 or more undergraduate students to work in a competitive 10-week Summer Research Program; the grant matches funds provided by the University. In the past, students have worked on projects as diverse as studying the existence of water and ice on Mars and the development of a probe to measure thermal conductivity.

“Student research is an invaluable experience that not only improves students’ understanding of physics or astronomy but also offers them a professional advantage,” said Dr. Karen Magee-Sauer, chair of Physics & Astronomy. “Employers and graduate programs take special notice of any research experience their applicants may have.”

The department will use the $2,000 grant to purchase star show videos for the new projection system in the Edelman Planetarium located in Science Hall on the Glassboro campus. The Edelman Planetarium provides formal education in astronomy to Rowan students and offers programs for K-12 students and the general public. The grant will be used for programming for the public.

The New Jersey Space Grant Consortium, housed at Rutgers University collaborates to promote and administer NASA's education programs in the Garden State in partnership with academia, industry, state and private parties, according to the organization.

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