Mars Studies Program
The Mars Studies Program (MSP) is an in-person certificate Program in June 2022 that explores the science, engineering, technology, and math involved in sustaining systems and life on planet Mars. Students are immersed in a project-based curriculum and hands on activities, analog missions, labs, and makerspaces with researchers and faculty to develop the skills and mindset to advance the field and live on planet Mars.
Hands on, Project-based
Learn through applied R&D labs, and makerspaces with Mars Regolith Simulant
The first in-person academic Program dedicated to making life multiplanetary
Learn from leading faculty pioneering the research and development
About the Program
Nov 15 - March 13, 2022
rolling admissions as space permits
MSP Host Partner
University of Arizona
June 6, 2022
(4 weeks in-person, 2 weeks online)
In-person, Hands-on Project based
20-30+ hours per week
The Mars Studies Program (MSP) is an intense 6 week certificate-based program that provides a detailed technical overview of the science, technologies, and post-arrival activities on the Martian surface. Students develop the skills and mindset on topics related to settlement, engineering, manufacturing, 3D printing, Agriculture, Human Factors, Geology, life support, and more.
With an emphasis on Broadening Participation in Engineering, we plan to cohost the in-person Summer Program with the University of Arizona (UA), local makerspace UA Catalyst Studios, and Biosphere 2 for undergraduates, graduates, and young professionals. Get certified in 3D Printing and laser cutting with UA Catalyst Studios. MSP hosts 3 courses provided by MarsU with an emphasis on science and engineering. The Program is open to humans from any background, major, and age intended for people with a bachelor's or enrolled in a B.S. degree from a higher education institution.
Associate Professor of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, UA
Adjunt Faculty, Mars Robotics and Exploration, MarsU
Daniel Tompkins, DPM
Faculty, Mars Agriculture
Faculty, Mars Astrobiology
Co-Founder, Space4All, Aerospace Scientist
Co-founder and MSP Program Co-Director, MarsU
Co-Founder of the KSC Swamp Works & Lunabotics RMC.
President and Co-founder, Paragon Space Development Corporation
President and Founder,
Owner, Pioneer Astronautics
Three courses will be held throughout the Program in June and July 2022. Each Course offers around 20 hours of in-class in-person and online instruction from Monday to Friday. All classes and guest lectures take place mostly in-person with some online instruction. Class times are coordinated in advance with individual faculty and will be friendly to morning/afternoon Mountain Standard Timezone (MST or UTC−07:00). Enrolled students are recommended to attend in-person given the project-based hands on environment, however, exceptions may be coordinated to participate remotely live online. Most guest speakers and in-person lecturers are invited to join us during the third weekend June 16-19.
Research Experiments and Projects
Before and during the 6-week MSP Program, participants develop R&D projects with on-site equipment, materials, and resources. Participants will have access to conduct experiments with Mars Regolith Simulant and we are discussing providing access to a Mars Environment Chamber, thermal vacuum chamber, microscopes, 3D printers, photobioreactors, electromagnetic helmholtz coils, MinION DNA/RNA sequencer, and more to test and develop research, biology, systems, and mindset. Enrolled participants choose one or a few R&D projects they plan to develop or collaborate on before and during the Program.
With equipment, workspace, and fabrication tools at local Maker Spaces to design and manufacture systems, students are immersed in teams of three to five people or can lead individual project to advance the learning and retainment of the preferred area of interest, student's passions, and course material. Project Advisors from industry, lecturers, and staff contribute and advise the project development. Each group is expected to develop Final Project Report, to present present during the final weeks with intentions to eventually submit a full manuscript to a conference paper or journal. The team with the winning design or system that holds the most potential to make life multiplanetary receives a small grant
Scholarships and Financial Aid
Up to 3 students receive full scholarships for online participation. Financial aid opportunities and scholarships can be arranged with MarsU and potential partners or sponsors. With the support from our partners and sponsors, we are actively looking to develop partnerships to cover tuition costs for instruction, wages, and administration.
MarsU is not a Title IV institution recognised by the Department of Education and is currently not eligible to support Student Loans. Payment plans can be arranged on a case-by-case basis. We recommend that applicants undertake their own fundraising efforts and coordinate with to increase their chances to receive a scholarship.