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Dr. Suzanne Weaver Smith, KY NASA EPSCoR Director, University of Kentucky

The NASA Kentucky EPSCoR program provides research awards statewide through competitive research initiation startup grants, workshop/ conference organization awards, and travel support for faculty to meet with NASA researchers and establish collaboration. Kentucky research specialties include biomedical, materials, energy and space technology, as well as astronomy, space science, environmental science and remote sensing. Early-career faculty are a specific focus of the NASA Kentucky programs, with critical investment at key times for young researchers to help build their careers, expand research capacity and initiate productive national and international professional relationships. Results of these efforts are seen for faculty and their students when researchers funded by NASA Kentucky find follow on success with nationally competitive proposal awards, such as the NASA EPSCoR Research Awards or NSF CAREER Awards, publications and professional recognition. These research investments benefit the state as a whole as well as the universities and their industry partners, supporting essential work that drives innovation forward at NASA and advances technology-based industries in Kentucky.

Kentucky TOC Senator Mitch McConnell

Senator Rand Paul


Shape Memory Alloys for High Temperature and Surface Morphing Applications in Aerospace Industry


Research Infrastructure Development


A Paradigm-Shifting Therapy for Mitigating Cellular and Tissue Damage in Humans Exposed to Radiation


Improving Heat Shields for Atmospheric Entry: Numerical and Experimental Investigations for Modeling Ablative Thermal Protection System Surface Degradation Effects on Near-Wall Flow Influence of Gravity on Electrokinetic and Electrochemical Colloidal Self-Assembly for Future Materials CubeLab Standard for Improved Access to the International Space Station for Science Payloads


Validation of a CubeSat Stellar Gyroscope System

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Representative Andy Barr (6th District)



NASA EPSCoR Stimuli 2014 -15

Memorial Hall on the University of Kentucky campus.

EPSCoR Stimuli 2014-15  

NASA Office of Education’s Aerospace Research & Career Development (ARCD) is pleased to release NASA EPSCoR Stimuli, a collection of univers...

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