Higher Education Course Development Programs

The NC Space Grant Higher Education Course Development Programs are designed to enhance the organization's capability to expand access to higher education programs that are based upon NASA's priorities. The primary focus of this program is the development of interdisciplinary and distance learning courses.

  Interdisciplinary Course: Land Cover Change Science

PI: Dr. Christopher A. Badurek, Appalachian State University


Photo of Dr. Ritter The Complete Undergraduate Research Experience (CURE) Inspired by NASA’s Microgravity University

PI: Dr. Tim Ritter, UNC - Pembroke

This program aims to break the mold of the traditional undergraduate research experience. Our program is one in which a team of undergraduate students, from several different science and non-science majors, take their own research from the idea stage to final report writing in one year. This unique research experience is conducted as part of NASA’s Reduced Gravity Student Flight Opportunities Program. Because of its unique features, we believe our program provides the student with a broader, more comprehensive, and more stimulating research experience than a traditional undergraduate research program. In addition to the diverse experience received during this program the students will also receive academic credit for their work through an interdisciplinary biotechnology special topics course sequence.