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The Ken Souza Memorial Student Spaceflight Research Competition honors the memory of our long-time friend and leader by encouraging the next generation of student investigators to develop their own ideas for the future of gravitational research.  

Student members of  ASGSR  including high school, undergraduate and graduate will develop creative research proposals in the fields of space life and physical sciences, pairing their experiment with a public outreach plan to share the excitement of the field with others. 

The top proposal will receive a $1,000 grant to develop their ideas, and a free spaceflight for their science on Blue Origin’s New Shepard rocket, which is supported through the Program.

Just as Ken served as a mentor and guide for so many of us in the field, ASGSR professional members will mentor each student proposal and provide feedback to strengthen the future of space research.


If you wish to contribute by credit card, use the DONATE button

Checks can be made payable to ASGSR and mailed to:


Ken Souza Memorial Fund

12209 Wheat Mill Loop

Bristow, VA 20136 USA


*Include contact information with the check such that ASGSR and the Souza family can acknowledge your contribution.

100% of contributions go toward the Ken Souza Memorial Student Spaceflight Research Program.

Contributions are not tax deductible as ASGSR is a (501)c(6).

The Souza Family and ASGSR thank you for your contribution to the Ken Souza Student Research Spaceflight Program.

Image credit: NASA, ESA, CXC, NRAO/AUI/NSF, STScI, and G. Ogrean (Stanford University), Acknowledgment: NASA, ESA, and J. Lotz (STScI), and the HFF team.