Seed Grant Awardees

The NASA SMD Community of Practice for Education (NASA SCoPE) is funded to cultivate a community of practice between NASA science and engineering experts, early career scientists and the NASA Science Activation. This community is a collaborative effort to communicate NASA science through the creation of inspiring educational materials that are effective, scientifically authentic, and broaden participation of historically marginalized communities.

We strive to support the community of practice established by NASA SCoPE by lowering barriers of engagement for NASA science and engineering experts (early to established). We do this through funded opportunities to collaborate with the NASA Science Activation Teams, training opportunities for communications skill building, and an AGU-SciAct affiliate program for early career scientists.

Meet the awardees

2023 Awardees

Alissa Bans Bio Photo

Alissa Bans, PhD


Emory University

Allison Cusick bio Photo

Allison Cusick


Scripps Institution of Oceanography

Brittany Bio Photo

Brittany Ubiñas Rivera

Beach Profiling PI

Sociedad Ambiente Marino

Jamie Molaro Bio photo

Jamie Molaro, PhD

Making Space PI

Planetary Science Institute

Sarah Treadwell Bio Photo

Sarah Treadwell

The Lost City and Icy Worlds PI

University of North Dakota

Steve Ruff Bio Photo

Steve Ruff, PhD

Exploring Jezero Crater w/ Mastcam-Z PI

Arizona State University

Corrine Rojas wearing a red scarf while smiling in front of a red-leafed bush.

Corrine Rojas


NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

Kamil Stelmach headshot.

Kamil Stelmach

A is for Artemis PI

University of Virginia

Mark Popinchalk headshot.

Mark Popinchalk

Spinning Stars PI

CUNY Graduate Center

Christina Wilson Bio Photo

Cristina Wilson, PhD

Data Simulations PI

Oregon State University

Meet the awardees

2022 Awardees

2022 Awardees

Allison Cusick bio Photo

Allison Cusick


Scripps Institute of Oceanography

Rhiannon bio photo

Rhiannon Mayne, PhD


Texas Christian University

Veselin bio photo

Veselin Kostov, PhD

Planet Patrol PI

NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

Theresa Oehmke, PhD

In the Flow PI

University of New Hampshire

Dr. Prabha Sundaravadivel stands and faces the camera.

Prabha Sundaravadivel, PhD

STEM Equity PI

University of Texas at Tyler

Bio headshot of Lindsay Fuller. Her arms are crossed and she stands in front of a large telescope.

Lindsay Fuller, PhD

Eclipses Across Texas PI

University of Texas at San Antonio

Dr. Ana Tarano headshot. She wears a dark green dress shirt.

Ana Tárano, PhD

Extending ReaCH PI

University of Miami

The impact

In the inaugural year for the project, the following demonstrates reach and outcomes for the NASA SCoPE project.

Map with pins indicating location of scientists

NASA SCoPE scientists

Map with pins indicating location of scientists that have opted in to join the NASA SCoPE effort. Individual pins indicate career stage.

SciAct collaborations

21 SciAct teams have collaborated with the SCoPE project during 2021. Teams have engaged with the SCoPE team to offer help in developing the survey, establish infrastructure, and seek connection with scientists.

NASA SCoPE Sponsorship

The material contained in this presentation is based upon work supported by NASA under grant award No. NNH20ZDA001N. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.