2018 Conference, Elections

2018 Officer Elections

Hello students!

The approach of the annual ASGSR conference means that it’s time to elect new student officers for the 2018-2019 year! Serving as a student officer has many benefits, including:

  • Travel assistance in exchange for volunteering at ASGSR 2019
  • Funded trip to Washington DC in Spring 2019, where you will join the ASGSR board members in meeting congressional staff to advocate for space science!
  • Networking and mentorship from ASGSR, NASA, and CASIS leadership as well as from professionals working in academia and industry
  • Volunteer and networking opportunities at other space-research conferences throughout the year
  • Flexibility to pursue education/outreach projects related to space science
  • Collaborate with a great group of other students!

This year, there will be a number of changes to the student election format. First, the number of officer positions has been reduced to six; but we will expanding the opportunities for students who don’t hold officer positions to get involved with group leadership by serving on committees or just staying updated using slack. Second, the officer terms will now be 1 year instead of 2, to allow more students to have a chance to serve. Finally, the vice president position has been replaced by the president-elect. The 2018-2019 president-elect will participate in the student group in a vice president capacity, and will take over as president for the student group in the 2019-2020 year. Since this is the first year for this change, we will need to elect both a president and a president elect.

The open student positions are:

  • President
  • President Elect
  • Merchandise Coordinator
  • Web and Social Media Coordinator
  • DC Trip Coordinator
  • Education, Outreach, and Social Chair

Additional details on the time commitments and responsibilities of these officers are described here: ASGSR student positions.

The student election will take place during the student mixer on November 1st, 2018 at the ASGSR conference in Bethesda. Due to time constraints, the entirety of the election procedure should take no more than 20 minutes. Candidates will be voted for in a ranked-choice system to increase the chances of getting matched to your ideal position.

To register as a candidate, please fill out this form by Friday, October 26th, 2018. Candidate information will be periodically updated on the website to allow students to acquaint themselves with the candidates prior to the election. Depending on the number of applicants, candidates may be asked to prepare short (2 minute) speeches for the student banquet. These details will be sent by email.

Thank you for your interest in serving ASGSR!


ASGSR Student Panel at ISSRDC

The ASGSR student group will be organizing a panel of student researchers at the upcoming International Space Station Research and Development Conference ( The panel will be a part of the University Engagement program, where university students from the surrounding areas are invited to take part in a free event to learn about space station research and network with industry experts. We will be presenting on our stories getting involved with the space station and advice for other students who are interested in space research.

Attending this panel and other events (including astronaut presentation, career panel, and networking reception) is free for university students, just RSVP!

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ASGSR Students Launch Slack Group

Hey students,

We are announcing the launch of an ASGSR student Slack channel designed for students who love space research to share opportunities, talk about their research, and discuss upcoming conferences.

In addition, this group will be used to coordinate student activities at the upcoming 2018 ASGSR conference in Washington DC. Students will be able to coordinate room-sharing, make plans for social events, and meet other student members all before the conference begins.

To be invited to the group, please send an email to, or use the contact form. For safety/privacy reasons, please let us know your age and school.

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2018 DC Trip

Once again the ASGSR students had a chance to visit DC for a political advocacy trip. While in DC, we attended a workshop entitled Congressional Operations 101, where the executive director of ASGSR gave an overview of how policy making occurs and how to effectively advocate to congressional staff. We learned the importance of both the appropriations and authorizations committees, and how to tailor your message and asks depending on which committee you are addressing. For this trip, our message was asking the appropriations committee to increase the funding for science grants on the space station from $19 million in 2018 to $125 million in 2019. This huge increase is justified because right now the space station is under-utilized, and the government has already invested massive sums of money into its construction and operation; and now just a little bit more investment will allow us to finally start using that investment. For the authorizations committee, we asked for legislation to include space research as a fundamental part of NASA’s budget.

We attended many meetings with political staff on capitol hill, including one meeting that was on the white house grounds. During these meetings, we provided student perspectives on why continued funding for research was so important. Some of the staff we met with were very well-versed on the issues of space and science funding, and others had no experience, so we had to tailor our message for each staffer. We learned about how the government works, including how the federal budget is set. The president submits a suggested budget, then individual congress people submit appropriations requests on behalf of lobbyists, constituents, or themselves. The appropriations committee goes through these requests and edits the president’s suggestions. Once this is done, the budget is presented to everyone and it is voted on.

The second part of the trip was attending the USA Science and Engineering Festival and volunteering there. The Festival was held at the DC convention center, and brought in thousands of people. We volunteered at the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) booth. Student volunteers helped with their space virtual reality demonstration, where participants wear a virtual reality headset and use joysticks to fly through the International Space Station to find the cupula (the large window looking down at the Earth). The intended audience was children aged 12 to 18, though several adults also came to try the headset. The children were really excited by the demonstration. We also helped at the photo booth, where participants pose in front of a backdrop of the space station and were given free photos.


Officer Candidates 2017

Hello everyone!

Thanks to everyone who registered as a candidate and who volunteered to help out! Here are the candidates thus far:

Eric Yarns – Running for Secretary

Hi All, I have been active in the ASGSR community for the past three years, attending and presenting my research in concurrent technical sessions at the last three annual conferences. I would be an exceptional Secretary because I currently manage a spaceflight research project on the ISS that requires an incredible amount of organization, logistics, and coordination. I also could teach a master class on scheduling. I lead meetings with collaborators and colleagues on a weekly basis and understand how to conduct a productive meeting that doesn’t waste the time of those involved. As secretary, I would ensure that my talents in these areas make ASGSR Students more efficient and effective at achieving its goals.

Cheers, Eric Yarns University of Kansas Medical Center Kansas City, Kansas


Anjali Gupta – Running for Career and Personal Strategies Advisor

The student Board functions to enhance the core mission of ASGSR by supporting student scientists interested in space and gravity research. I would like to contribute my time and expertise in supporting this endeavor by serving as a Career and Personal Strategies Advisor. As a “returning” doctoral student, I will bring a wealth of experiences and knowledge to this role. I have extensive experience in advising students, conducting workshops on career-related topics, and developing personalized strategies for achieving work-life balance. In my current term as an ASGSR officer, I conducted a webinar on “Effective Presentation Skills.” In the CAPS Advisor role, I hope to build on such offerings by organizing additional workshops and programs such as careers options, resume guidance, mentoring, networking, personality/skills assessments, career and personal development, and other related topics. Often times, as students, future career options are not so obvious. My goal is to educate and open channels of communication for students and post-docs for these important topics through workshops, webinars, and onsite discussions at future ASGSR meetings. I believe that my prior experience, with careers in industry as a scientist and as a marketing professional, will be a valuable resource for other ASGSR student members.


Meg Cheng-Campbell – Running for DC trip Coordinator

Mallika Sarma – Running for Webmaster


Dan Gove – running for (1) Membership Coordinator, other positions

I’m a strong & versitile performer with a track record of consistency: From about 2009-2012, I was a boardmember of my school district’s YouthFirst Advisory Council. We organized an annual community Halloween party 🎃 , collaborated with community organizations, and focused on the Search Institute’s “40 Developmental Assets for Adolescents.” I’ve been consistantly coordinating the development of adolescents, with a focus on gymnasts, since about 2009 as well. This work has carried me throughout the nation, working for companies such as Seattle Gymnastics Academy, California Sports Center, GymNation (Maine) and more. I’ve trained with all names from all around the world; our conversations have made me personable. All this travel has also made me resourceful. My office constantly moves locations, time zones, etc… However, my work system allows me to keep my edge sharp. I maintain an email list including multinational CEOs, media outlets, and researchers. I’m chasing PhD level research for a short radius human centrifuge, which has the potential to springboard the commercial space industry. I would pounce on this opportunity.