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 projects.  This paper and presentation competition allows students to be published in 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.  Students are encouraged to interact with Colorado Aerospace industry representatives throughout the day. 


The 2020 Symposium is Saturday, April 18, 2020

The 2020 Symposium will be 100% virtual. 
Event updates will be communicated with all authors, judges, and faculty mentors accordingly via email.

Contact Bernadette with questions! ( bgarciaATcolorado.edu )



Practice Session Sign Up Please sign up for a practice session slot. This will allow us to make sure your video and microphone set-up works, that your slides are readable,  and that you will be prepared to give a talk. This will also give you the ability to practice presenting remotely with other people in your group - it can be a real challenge!  





About the Presenter:

Anthony Colaprete is a Planetary Scientist at the NASA Ames Research Center, where he currently leads the Flight Instrument Group, developing a range of instruments for flight and also conducting basic research on planetary atmospheres and lunar volatiles. Dr. Colaprete began working on flight instrumentation while an undergraduate at the University of Colorado with COSGC developing spectrometers and imaging systems for Space Shuttle, sounding rocket and small satellite missions, including science and payloads for the ECLIPSE, ECLIPSE II, and DATA-CHASER STS payloads, the HOMER sounding rocket payload, and science and payloads for the Citizen Explorer and 3-Corner Sat small satellite missions. After receiving his Ph.D. in Atmospheric, Planetary and Astrophysical Science from the University of Colorado, Dr. Colaprete moved to NASA Ames to work as a post-doc with the NASA Ames Mars General Circulation Modeling group. Hired as a Civil Servant in 2002, Dr. Colaprete has led or participated in several flight projects, including being PI and Payload Manager for the LCROSS mission and the PI and Instrument Manager for the LADEE UVS instrument. In 2017 Dr. Colaprete led a PSDS3 mission concept study for a smallsat mission named Aeolus, a mission to directly measure the winds of Mars. Currently, Dr. Colaprete is the PI for the NIRVSS instrument, one of thirteen recently selected NPLP instruments for flight on commercial lunar landers, a Co-I on the LunaH-Map EM-1 CubeSat mission and the Mastcam-Z Mars 2020 instrument, and the Project Scientist for Volatiles Investigating Polar Exploration Rover (VIPER) lunar rover mission.





Important dates for the 2020 Symposium 

3/20/2020    Paper AND Poster Abstracts Due (EXTENDED!)

4/7/2020      Papers AND Posters Due by midnight 

4/10/2020    Papers Selected and Presenters Notified

4/15/2020    Link to Wearables Videos due by midnight.

4/18/2020   Symposium Day!

Helpful Links for Students:

Symposium Submission Process

Symposium Paper Rules

Symposium Poster/Demo Rules

Submission Resources:

Tips on Writing an Abstract

Tips for a Professional Presentation

Effective Poster How-To

Example of Poster by COSGC Team

2020 Agenda: TBD






CONTACT BERNADETTE AT bgarciaATcolorado.edu or 303.492.3141


 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
  •  1 - Paper Session Prizes (highest scoring paper+presentation score in each session): $500/each
  •  1 - Paper Session Top Score (highest scoring poster overall): $1000
  •  3 - Top Posters (highest scoring poster each session): $500/each

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