Welcome to the Colorado Undergraduate Space Research Symposium

The Colorado Undergraduate Space Research Symposium is an opportunity for students to present their current research and ideas in the Space Industry.  This paper and presentation competition allows students to be published in an official conference proceedings as well as compete for cash prizes.  Students will also be able to compete for prizes in a poster and demonstration session.  College students are encouraged to interact with Colorado Aerospace companies during an informal Career Fair and during the demonstration session.  The CUSRS is organized by the Colorado Space Grant Consortium and we are growing this event every year to include more schools, students and industry.

 

The 2018 Symposium was held on Saturday April 21st, 2018

 at the

Sustainability, Energy, and Enviroment Complex(SEEC)

on University of Colorado at Boulder East Campus

4001 Discover Drive, Boulder, CO 80309

(parking map) 

 

 2018 Symposium Agenda

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Pictures from the Symposium

 

Recognized Papers/Presentations and Posters:

Grand Prize:
Innovative Sounding Rocket for Collecting Atmospheric Samples at Various Altitudes (CSU) - Taylor Morton, Colum Ashlin, Evan Feldmann, Austin Funke

Paper Session Winners:
A: Payload Evolution and Engineering: A Reevaluation of the Strength, Efficiency, and Design of High-Altitude Balloon Payloads (RRCC) - Alondra Hauser, Nathan Leusink, Robert Clayton, Ryan Klimek

B: The Effects of High Altitude Conditions on an Environmentally Friendly Payload and the Bacteria K. pneumonia and E. aerogenes (TSJC) - Noelle Gallegos & Mya Jimenez

C: Georeferencing and Filtering LIDAR data (CU) - Dawson Beatty

D: Innovative Sounding Rocket for Collecting Atmospheric Samples at Various Altitudes (CSU) - Taylor Morton, Colum Ashlin, Evan Feldmann, Austin Funke

Poster Session Winners:

Design, Construction, and Installation of a Radio Telescope for Student Use (RRCC) - Alexander Langfield, Christian Amundson, Ian McCombs, Justin Nichols, Liam James, David Palcsac, Kamron Correia

UNC Eclipse Project - Josh Fender, John Ringler, Justin Morse 

 

Papers and Presentations​

Development of an Imaging System Payload 

  Paper   Presentation

Ham Radio High Altitude / Space Applications

 Paper Presentation

Payload Evolution and Engineering: A Reevaluation of the Strength, Efficiency, and Design of High-Altitude Balloon Payloads

 Paper Presentation

Magnus Lift Stabilization by means of a Second-Order,Open-Loop Control Scheme

 Paper Presentation
Atmospheric Effects on the Cellular Structure of Plants  Paper Presentation
Observation of Tardigrades Upon Ascension to and from the Stratosphere via Compact Microscope Viewing  Paper Presentation
The Effects of High Altitude Conditions on an Environmentally Friendly Payload and the Bacteria K. pneumonia and E. aerogenes Paper Presentation
Observing the Efficiency of Colored Spectrum Filters on Silicon Solar Panels in the Stratosphere  Paper Presentation
Georeferencing and Filtering LIDAR data   Paper Presentation
MEGALODON: Measuring Emitting Groundstations using Antennas Listening for Oscillating Doppler Outputs from NEXRAD  Paper Presentation
Development and Operation of an Automated Ground Station for Weather Satellite Imagery as Proof of Concept for Satellite Communications  Paper Presentation
PAL: The Photovoltaic Array Lander  Paper Presentation
Innovative Sounding Rocket for Collecting Atmospheric Samples at Various Altitudes  Paper Presentation
Scout-E: Sample Collecting Optical Ultimate Terrain Explorer  Paper Presentation
OSCAR: Orbital Scrap Capture and Reclamation  Paper Presentation
Muira-II: An Exploration of Soft Shell Structures in Near Space  Paper Presentation

 

Posters:

Sustainable Balloon Payload     
 Making Telescopes and Observatories Accessible to Students    
Tracking Ojects with Open Source Computer Vision    
Utilization of Triboelectric Effect to Reclaim Space Debris    
Design, Construction, and Installation of a Radio Telescope for Student Use    
Do It Yourself Martian Soil for Life Sustaining Experiments on the Red Planet    
Using Parallel Plate Capacitor to Affect the Path of Charged Materials    
To Grow or Not to Grow: Plant it Mars    
Yeast at the Edge of Space    
Re-animating Microbes from Several Years Old Mars Analog Cryptobiotic Crust Samples Collected in the Desert    
Observing Effects on Pseudomonas stutzeri After Exposure to Stratosphere    
UNC Eclipse Project    
The Speed of Sound as a Function of Altitude    
A Brainwave Control System for the Home    
Utilization of SLAM for Autonomous 3D Robotic Environmental Mapping    
EngiNerds (Autonomous Robot)    
Ares Robot    
SCOUT-E: Sample Collecting Optical Ultimate Terrain Explorer    
eHoodie    
The Dunnies    
The Krios Mission    
Wall-E Robot    
Airheads II    
TDAS Autonomous Rover    
Analysis of Proxima b Through Applied Spectroscopy    
Tardiscope    

 

 Key Information and Opportunities

  • Present at a Conference and bulk up your resume
  • Interact with Industry during an informal Career Fair
  • Show off your research and projectsIndividuals or teams can submit
  • Any undergraduate engineering or science research applicable to the space community is eligible
  • Write a paper and present or present your research during a poster and demonstration session

 

 Prize Categories and Amounts*:

  •  1 - Grand Prize (overall highest scoring paper+presentation score): $1,500
  •  3 - Session Prizes (highest scoring paper+presentation score in each session): $500/each
  •  2 - Top Posters (highest scoring poster overall): $500/each

* Cash prizes are awarded per team.  Teams of multiple students share single prize amount.

 

Important dates for the 2018 Symposium

3/09/2018    Abstracts Due

4/10/2018    Papers Due 7am via Email and last opportunity to register for Poster/Demonstration participation

4/12/2018    Papers Selected and Presenters Notified

4/19/2018    Digital copy of posters Due.

4/21/2018    Symposium Day!

 

CUSRS 2018 Agenda

8:45am      Presenters, Demo/Posters, and Judge Check-in                  

9:30am      Welcome and Opening Remarks

9:45am      Sessions A and B

11:30pm    Lunch

12:00pm    Keynote Speaker

12:45pm      Sessions C and D

2:30pm      Demonstration and Poster Session

3:45pm      Awards Ceremony and Closing Remarks

 

Important Links:

Symposium Papers

Symposium Submission Process

Symposium Paper Rules

Symposium Poster/Demo Rules

Symposium Sponsors

Seeking Symposium Sponsors

Using Power Point to Create a Poster

How to Effectively Design a Poster

Example of Poster by COSGC Team