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.

2016 Symposium was held on Saturday April 23rd, 2016

 at the

Lowry Conference Center

Community College of Aurora - Lowry Campus

1061 Akron Way, Denver, CO 80230



 2016 Symposium AgendaAgenda Final


Recognized Papers and Presentations

Grand Prize Paper and Presentation and Session A Winner:  High Elevation Light Intensity Observation System V

Session B: R-Log: A Low-Cost Low-Power Solution for Data Logging on Payload Missions

Session C: Performing Material Science Research in Microgravity

Session D: Design of an Extensible Telemetry and Command Architecture forSmall Satellites



Papers and Presentations​

Session Title and Authors  Paper Presentation
 A High Elevation Light Intensity Observation System V–D.Beatty, H.Flaherty, R.Kloetzel, V.Nystrom  Paper Presentation
 A The Highest Common Factor: Impacts of the High-Altitude Environment on Cyanobacteria –A.Noor, D.Jeri-Flores, V.H.Longevitch, Y.Adje  Paper  Presentation
 A Mercury O.A.K.Sat –T.Phoebus, M.Prozeralik, M.Romero  Paper  Presentation
 A Damaging UV Light: The Effect of Containers on the Photo-degradation of Naproxen –E.Pineda, G.Zimmerman, J.Cordova Paper Presentation
 A Test-bed for High-Altitude Microbial Sample and Telemetry Data Collection –C.Littlefield, D.Colclazier, G.Pandya, J.Principato, J.Hamvas, J.Fender, LW.Perkins, M.Franchois, R.Spidell, V.Stark Paper Presentation
 B Preliminary test of a Ring Imaging Cherenkov Radiation Detector–J.Principato, G.Pandya, T.Horning, LW.Perkins Paper Presentation
 B Mapping the Distribution of Ions and Aerosols in the Lower Atmosphere and Exploiting the Diamagnetic Properties of Bismuth –J.Bullman, T.Duncan, J.Hetherington, B.Pring, J.Schmitz, B.Staheli Paper Presentation
 B Observing the Solar Spectrum via High Altitude Balloon –C.Bain,M.Franchois, J.Principato, B.Treffner Paper Presentation
 B 3D Printed Polymers in Near-Space Conditions –M.Breathwaite, S.Ryan, E.Griffith, A.Beal, N.Pine Paper Presentation
 B R-Log: A Low-Cost Low-Power Solution for Data Logging on Payload Missions –R.Belt Paper Presentation
 C Proof of Viabilityof Solar Tracking Onboard a High-Altitude Balloon Platform–P.Arthur, R.Cutter Paper Presentation
 C Low-cost Current and Temperature Sensor (LOCATS)–M.Alanis Medrano, D.Green, O.Lyke, O.Zanoni Paper Presentation
 C Performing Material Science Research in Microgravity –K.Kates, T.Joy, A.Olson, A.Zimmerer Paper Presentation
 C High Data Rate Communications Station for CubeSats –H.Singhal Paper Presentation
 C High Speed Schlieren Imaging Using a Triggered Laser Diode with Nanoseconds Pulse Duration –D.Adams, M.Wilbanks Paper Presentation
 D PolarCube: System Integration and Testing for a 3U CubeSat–G.Alvarenga, C.Rou Paper Presentation
 D Simulation of the PolarCube Attitude Control and Determination Subsystem –F.Hinckle Paper  Presentation
 D May the Electrostatic Force Be With You: Charged Spacecraft Models –C.Reilly  Paper Presentation
 D Design of an Extensible Telemetry and Command Architecture forSmall Satellites –D.Beatty, B. Hogan, C.Maywood  Paper Presentation
 D Performance Characterization of CubeSat Radiometer Optics –G.Alvarenga, K.Kates, J.Vela, N.Voth  Paper Presentation


Mercury O.A.K.Sat - (CSU Ft. Collins)

Low - cost Ocean Current And Temperature Sensor - (CU-Boulder)

Understanding the Structure and Durability of DNA in Response to G-Force and Vibration (Red Rock Community College)

DemoSat: Modular Payload Design and Radiation Flux with Altitude - (UNC)

Designing a Rover: COSGC Robotics Challenge - (UNC)

Object Recognition and Artificial Intelligence- (UNC)

Atmospheric Re-entry Probe: Design and Integration - (UNC)

An Investigation of Atmospheric Re-entry - (UNC)

Developing a Model: Re-entry into the Earth’s Atmosphere - (UNC)

PolarCube Communications System RF Design and Implementation - (CU-Boulder)



Recognized Technical Posters

3D Printed Polymers in Near Space Conditions - Red Rocks Community College

Mars Explorer (MrX) - Colorado State University - Ft. Collins


Robotics Challenge: Design and Fabrication - University of Northern Colorado



 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): $1,200
  •  3 - Session Prizes (highest scoring paper+presentation score in each session): $400/each
  •  1 - Top Poster (highest scoring poster overall): $400
  •  2 - People's Choice Posters (highest scoring poster/demo scored by  all attendees): $400/each * Cash prizes are awarded per team.  Teams of multiple students share single prize amount.


Important dates for the 2016 Symposium

3/09/2016    Abstracts Due

4/07/2016    Papers Due 7am via Email and last opportunity to register for Poster/Demonstration participation

4/09/2016    Papers Selected and Presenters Notified

4/23/2016    Symposium Day!


CUSRS 2016 Agenda

8:00am      Presenters, Demo/Posters, and Judge Check-in                  

9:00am    Welcome and Opening Remarks

9:15am    Sessions A and B

11:45pm    Lunch

12:15pm    Keynote Speaker

1:30pm      Sessions C and D

3:20pm      Demonstration and Poster Session

4:50pm      Awards Ceremony and Closing Remarks


Important Links:

Symposium Papers

Symposium Submission Process

Symposium 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

Map to Symposium


2016 Agenda

Directions & Parking Information: 1061 Akron Way, Denver, CO is easily located using Google Maps.  Detailed directions may be accessed by entering your starting address at the Lowry Conference Center website: http://conferencecenter.cccs.edu/contact-us.html

Download the campus map for parking details.